Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley

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Title: The Accident Season
Author: Moïra Fowley
Publisher: Corgi Children’s
Publication Date: Aug 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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?

REVIEW BY LILY – YEAR 10 

The plot and overall story of The Accident Season sounded amazing, it had elements of mystery and supernatural aspects blended with a creepy setting with abandoned houses and some hinting of ghosts – But Moira Fowley seemed to fail to capture the attention of the reader. I couldn’t find myself getting into the story, and when I was away from the book, I found myself almost forcing myself to continue reading.

The story is told through the point of view of Cara, a 17 year old girl and follows the story of her mother, her sister Alice, her ex-stepbrother Sam, and her best friend Bea. The Morris family experience The Accident Season for one month in October where they experience all sorts of accidents.

One day Cara notices that Elsie, a girl Cara used to be friends with, appeared in all of her photos and that Elsie was missing from school. As the accident season progresses, Cara, Alice, Sam, and Bea try to find Elsie, and try to solve and break the curse of The Accident Season.

The character development was done well in some ways yet lacked spark in others. I think that the author tried too hard the make the teenagers into some kind of lost, rebellious teenagers. With so many scenes of smoking and drinking, it seemed that the rebellious image that should have been created came off to be pointless and didn’t really help add to the atmosphere and the character build up.

Adding on to this, the relationship aspect of the book was just weird. One relationship, even if it was legal (sorry for any spoilers), was just slightly disturbing. The bombshell effect that the relationship should have had on the story failed to really have any effect because throughout the lead up the author made it so obvious that it was going to happen, that it just seemed boring when it finally came up.

At the end of the book -like always- things came to a close and most things were solved and happily-ever-after. But some things that weren’t solved or little things that were added just seemed pointless to the plot. (Potential spoiler alert), a lot of little twists and events were added but just made the storyline drag out, and I think that’s made me lose focus. The Metal Man and the four creatures were sort of a pointless storyline and the story/metaphor of the wolf, maybe if the author developed more onto it, it could have made sense more but it didn’t help the mystery.

Overall, I would give this book 3 / 5. It was a good read, but I probably wouldn’t read it again. I think the book is more of a marmite book – you either absolutely love it, or you hate it.  

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