Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle
Publisher: Corgi Children's
Released: 18 August 2015
It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.
The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember: a month of mysterious injuries and tragedies, which casts a constant shadow over Cara and her family.
This year, the accident season will break more than just bones. Because Cara is starting to sk questions - and all her family's secrets will rise to the surface.
Beautifully written, creepy, intriguing and a good mystery - The Accident Season was a great October read and had me hooked the entire way through.
In the final week of October, the Morris family gear up for the final days of the Accident Season, a month long curse that sees bruises, cuts, sprains, fractures, broken bones, and in some years, death. They don't know why they suffer the Accident Season, and at times are skeptical of it's existence, but they still cautiously live their life in October. Seventeen-year-old Cara soon realises that this October could be their worse yet, but this isn't her big concern. Fellow classmate Elsie, who she was friends with eight years ago, but no longer speaks to her, is in all of her photos. All of them - when they are at school, in the park, on holiday at the beach - she is in all of them. But Elsie is no longer at school and no one seems to know where she is, or even that Elsie was at school to begin with. As Cara, her sister Alice, ex-stepbrother Sam and best friend Bea start planning a masquerade Halloween party at an abandoned ghost house, things start to get crazy. Family secrets are exposed and the cause behind the accident season is finally revealed
Everyone has been talking about this book and I can see why. It is such a beautifully written book and the storyline is really interesting - a family becomes very accident prone for one month of the year and no one knows why. I was instantly hooked and with every new clue to the mystery I was desperate to know what happened.
I admit, the twist was predictable, although I did have another theory near the end, but ultimately I could see it coming. Still, it was a great ending and part of the twist did hit me by surprise. Even so, there were secrets revealed that I had no idea about, and it made the story very interesting indeed.
Another aspect that I found a let down was the writing style. Don't get me wrong, it was beautifully written, but the story transitioned from the actual story to Cara's dream/hallucination/whatever-it-was about changeling's. It threw me a little, especially near the end of the book when things were really hectic and all over the place. The changeling's do have an important place in the story, but the way it was executed was a bit difficult to get my head around. Otherwise, I thought this was a very interesting aspect of the book.
I really enjoyed the diversity in this book, which I'm not going to go into detail about as it will spoil the story a little, but if you are looking for a book with diversity, I recommend trying this one. Also note, there are parts of this book that could be triggering, and again it would spoil the story if I were to mention them, so please send me a message if you would like to know.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and while it did have it's downfalls, I still really enjoyed the story and the outcome. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a creepy read and enjoys a nice mystery. It was definitely a great Halloween read and I can't wait to see what else Moira released in the future.