Thursday, August 6, 2015

Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

304 pages
Expected publication: August 18th 2015 
Published by: Kathy Dawson Books
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4/5

For fans of We Were Liars and How I Live Now comes a haunting, sexy, magically realistic debut about a family caught between a violent history, a taboo romance, and the mysteries lurking in their own backyard.

Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably and unavoidably accident-prone. Some years it's bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it's just a lot of cuts and scrapes. This accident season—when Cara, her ex-stepbrother, Sam, and her best friend, Bea, are 17—is going to be a bad one. But not for the reasons they think.

Cara is about to learn that not all the scars left by the accident season are physical: There's a long-hidden family secret underneath the bumps and bruises. This is the year Cara will finally fall desperately in love, when she'll start discovering the painful truth about the adults in her life, and when she'll uncover the dark origins of the accident season—whether she's ready or not.

You know when you see a book with a gorgeous cover and you think "I hope the outside matches the inside because I need to add it to my collection"? As you can see, this applies to The Accident Season. This cover demands attention, so much so that I dropped the book I was reading and started this one the minute it showed up at my house. I'm very happy to report that I'll be purchasing a finished copy because everything about it is pretty epic.

This book became my obsession. I had to find out what was happening so I stayed up all night. Totally worth it.

I love when you can't tell if the main character is unreliable or if all the creepy stuff that happens to her actually takes place. Some people don't enjoy this but I love it. I love the mystery and the chills of an unconventional storyline.

The plot kept me intrigued but the writing sealed the deal.  The prose is hauntingly beautiful, almost like poetry. So velvety and delicious that I wanted to drown in it. The story itself is creepy and very unique. I love a story that is equal parts terrifying and weird so this was the perfect book for me.  Everything (from the setting to the characters) matched the tone of the book perfectly.  Even the love story was slight weird but in a good way. In a this-is-so-strange-and-I-want-more kind of way.

The Accident Season is gripping, creepy, and unique. It is a book that you have to experience for yourself, spoiler-free, so that the twists and turns take you by surprise. And reserve a couple of hours because you'll devour it in one sitting. Guaranteed. 

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