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The Accident Season - Review

The Accident Season - Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Publication Date: 2nd July 2015 from Randomhouse Childrens.

 

Source: Netgalley

 

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?

 

I thought this was a really really clever novel – it is magical and very strange, often disconcerting and beautifully written. It is a fast read mainly because it is very addictive with some highly intriguing characters whose relationship dynamics are exquisitely drawn.

 

Every year around Halloween one family are hit by accidents – no matter what precautions they take this is a time of bumps,bruises, broken bones and some years real tragedy. During “The Accident Season” everyone is on tenterhooks and life is seemingly extremely dangerous But why? Well that is the question…

It is a question that Moira Fowley-Downey answers slowly and inexorably as she draws you into the tale, it is actually a really difficult review to write because I simply do not want to give anything away. The story has a real impact, much more so I think if you really come at it with no preconceptions. Things unravel in wonderful harmony – and it has an often eerie and menacing vibe that is very appealing.

 

Overall a really most terrific and different novel that tests the boundaries a little in its conception and delivers a dynamic and emotional family drama with a hint of mystery and more than a touch of illusion.

 

A favourite of the year so far for me.

 

Happy Reading Folks!