The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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?
When I received a tarot card in the post months before this book arrived for review, I had no idea what it was about. Even when the book arrived, I still have no idea how it linked to the book, until I began reading it.
This is a debut YA novel, and to be honest it is like nothing I have ever read, I have found it hard reviewing this because of this.
Cara and her siblings every October have to be extra careful as it is the accident season. Over the years things seem to happen during this month, sometime small falls and bruises, broken bones and sometimes accidents have ended in death...Cara doesn't always see the dangers or believes that every October she should be cooped up by her mothers wishes. This year she decides to throw a Halloween party in a spooky old mansion down by the river.
The beginning of the book we begin to discover Elsie has been appearing in all Cara's family photos, she is a girl at school, who looks after the secrets box, in the library. Cara wants to get to the bottom of why she is in all their photos, why she has suddenly gone missing from school and why all of a sudden no one seems to know who she is.
There were times throughout the book that I had no idea what was going on, there seemed that there were parts that weren't going anywhere, but they still made me want to continue reading. Although I didn't read this is in sitting, it was the type of book that you could have. This was full of mystery and it wasn't until right near the end I twigged what was going on.
My favourite part of the book was the masked ball, I loved the description of the masks, the party and the house. The description was really rich and vivid. As the story moved on I kept wondering where and who Elsie was, this finally came to an end and things became a little clearer. To be honest I struggled with the mix between fantasy and reality, however I am not a fantasy reader. This book will appeal to many readers, fantasy, mystery and romance is all covered in this and written extremely well.
This book has been compared to We Were Liars by E Lockhart, towards the end I could see the similarities, however it was only towards the end. This is certainly one to watch this year and I think it is going to be extremely successful.
I did enjoy this book and I feel if you are like me and are not sure about fantasy this is the book for you, it incorporates so many other genres that this is a good book to introduce you to this genre. This book has left me thinking about it for days, it was eerie, mysterious and magical at times, I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for Doyle's future books.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.