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The Accident Season by Moira Fowley Doyle book review

OMG ITS THE LAST REVIEW! Then I can start reading!



Its the accident season. The same time every year. Bones break, Skins tear, Bruises bloom.

The accident season has been apart 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 ask questions – and all her family’s secrets will rise to the surface.

Its the accident season for Cara and her family. Every year it falls on the same month and every year they pad out the house and make sure they stay clear of danger.

But this year seems different than the rest.

Cara notices this girl Elsie in all of her pictures and she is determined to find out why. With the help of her sister Alice, her ex step brother Sam and her best friend Bea, they try to uncover the truth but strange things start happening the more they look into things.

I can’t really say much of the plot without giving it away! Aaaahhhh this is so frustrating! How to work around it, how to work around it….


Okay so the rubbish summary aside this book rocks! I can’t even give too much away in the review so I will try my hardest to make it spoiler free.

I thought it was an adult fiction book until I found it in the children’s/teenage section in the book shop on holiday. What I liked was that it was different.

By looking at it and reading the blurb you’d probably think it was some sort of one off dystopian type book. One that takes place in the distant future and… yeah you get my drift.

But its not.

And what I loved was that it was set in Ireland haha… Okay it wasn’t just that. I have a lot of books at home that are set in America. Like the majority of YA books are set there but this on was in Ireland and it was refreshing to read about things I cold understand instead of having to make sense of the American school/college/university system or trying to figure out what the hell ‘bangs’ mean (I do know what that is now.) or there food they eat… (grits? The hell?)

This book was different from other YA books because it was darker and mysterious and was kind of like a horror in a way. It was chilling and when you read some bits you kinda make sure you leave your bedroom light on just that little bit longer.

Cara, her sister Alice and their stepbrother Sam are close. Ever since Sam’s dad left them all they’ve become closer than ever. They are there for each other, they indulge in each others wild fantasies. What makes them seem real is that they all have problems. Its not just one of them. Alice is hiding a secret while Cara and Sam are hiding feelings… (You’ll have to read it to find out what!)  And then there’s Bea, the fourth part of their group, who is Cara’s best friend. She’s quirky and eccentric and lives her life through what she reads in her tarot cards. She too is just as messed up as the others and they describe themselves as ‘Lost’ which is extremely fitting.

They all balance each other and when they are together its like magic happens. They are a great four piece.

What I also loved was the secrets and the guessing and the way they kept you on your toes and second guessing. The relationship between the four of them is interesting and you learn a lot of things along the way.

Then there is the big revelation near the end and OMG some of the stuff I will admit I didn’t see coming. And there is a twist when it comes to Elsie and in a way its up to the reader to determine what she actually was.

I loved this book. I loved how everything went wild in some places and how they became chilling and weird in others. The way it was written is great and I can understand why people raved over it.

Moira Fowley Doyle has done an amazing job in this debut novel and I really hope she has other books in the pipeline because I will definitely be reading them.

Go read it. You will not be disappointed!

5 out of 5 stars


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