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Book Review: The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

* I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *

Title: The Accident Season
Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Netgalley


Book Summary:

A bewitching, dark and beautiful debut novel about a girl living in the shadow of a mysterious curse.

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. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Book Review:

Moira Fowley-Doyle has been gaining more attraction in recent years due to her most recent release which a lot of people love. I have a copy of this for five years and I only just read it. I think that while a lot of new books are gaining more attention, this book is still worthy of a second look.

Before I get into the review, I do remember this being some controversy over some words that she describes a type of people in the book but when I tried to find it wasn't there so I might have made it up. She does use the word, 'gypsy' in this book so consider this if you want to. Even though I'm not part of this community when I read it, it did make me stop so...

I have to say that I loved writing. From the first page, I was hooked with her words and I just wanted to keep reading. Moira Fowley-Doyle knows how to intertwine fairy-tale style writing with a creepy flare so well and at some points, I was a little creeped out. I never knew what was coming next and I loved the undertones of spooky that are littered throughout the book.

I think that as the story progresses it does get really strange but it goes to an ending that is really fitting and it ties it all together. At points, though I was scared of the characters as the whole notion of the Accident Season is that all lives are at stake and that all the characters could die. You do definitely feel this throughout the book and it does lead to a satisfying ending.

Of course, all of this information would be pointless if you don't like the characters but I really connected to them. I enjoyed that the characters were mainly part of a family and the close bonds that they had. I also connected to Cara as a character and the interest over Elsie was the main reason why I kept reading. Also, this book has some nice romances, although one is kinda problematic, it does resolve itself and one of them is also sapphic.

Basically. I would recommend The Accident Season for a read if you enjoyed Moira Fowley-Doyle's other books or if you are new to her. I would like to read more.

The Verdict:

Moira Fowley-Doyle offers a spooky and captivating read that goes much deeper than a lot of other reads, making you feel creeped out.

Have you read The Accident Season? Do you want to? Let me know in the comments below. 


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