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The Accident Season

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  11,479 ratings  ·  2,436 reviews
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 th
Paperback, 282 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Corgi Childrens
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Emily May
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book is for a very specific type of reader.

A reader who likes lots of weird imagery and strange writing. Possibly those drawn to the books of Nova Ren Suma. And those who enjoy not knowing what the hell is going on or what is even actually happening until the last few chapters of the book. I am not that type of reader.

The Accident Season is a little like We Were Liars and Charm & Strange, but far more boring. I was warned about the weird writing style and it didn't bother me so much, but i
Jesse (JesseTheReader)

Despite the low rating, I want to say that this book was great! It had an addictive quality to it, it was rather hard to put down at times. I just found the twist to be rather predictable and I also DESPISED the weird relationships between the characters. Overall the writing was great and this is definitely the perfect book to pick up in the month of October(as it takes place in October).
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
"I am afraid that I have no secrets
Then I backspace and I type
I am afraid of my secrets
Then I backspace again and write
I am afraid of everybody else's secrets"

The Accident Season was a book with that gorgeous cover I'd seen around lots of times. I read the blurb, got a little curious, added it to my tbr shelf but still got no intention of picking up anytime soon. But now that I had finished it, I couldn't believe I almost pass this up entirely! I blew through this in just one day! This book
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what an entrancing and surprising read.
C.G. Drews
[read 2 | april 2021]
It is thoroughly while rereading an old favourite, six years later, and realising you not only don't remember most of it, but you actually missed a lot of the subtext the first time. 😂 But look! I still love this book, and this time the themes ripped straight through my heart. It's a dark story, it's about pain and anxiety and how sometimes you choose suffering so at least you can see it coming.

The writing is beautiful and haunted, the telling is whimsical and slightly disas
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Accidents happen. Our bones shatter, our skin splits, our hearts break. We burn, we drown, we stay alive.

The Accident Season is an imaginative and whimsical paranormal book that'll keep you up at night. Just a little tip: you might want to keep a teddy bear close while reading this one, too.

The main thing that turned this into a successfully haunting read was the writing style. Doyle's writing will make you feel like you're floating, and maybe even kind of... unsteady, which is perfect to get a
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
**I was provided with an ARC of this book for review from Penguin**

Well that was a really interesting book with an interesting premise, but I didn't LOVE it. I definitely enjoyed it/needed to know WHAT HAPPENED. There was also some good representation (not really gonna say more in case of spoils) and I enjoyed reading about a book not set in America or with American main characters. That made everything all the more interesting! The last bit of the book was also creepily great - it's the part of
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Random House Children’s Publishers UK and NetGalley.)

“It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.”

This was a strange but captivating book, and I liked the twists.

I really liked the characters in this book, even if they made some suspect decisions. Who sits near a railway line, who goes into abandoned buildings during ‘accident season’? (a month-long pe
Aly (In Wonderland)
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There are no ghosts; only the dust in the light, our breath and the wind in the quiet, and the feeling that something, or a lot of somethings, are watching us. So maybe there are ghosts after all.

Deliciously creepy and wonderfully curious, The Accident Season is definitely the perfect autumnal read. The author did an excellent job of making the story odd enough to give the reader chills but also making it flawed enough to have them second-gu
Neil (or bleed)
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
“The tear in my world is getting bigger. Soon it'll blow the whole universe apart.”

A blend of mystery, suspense and magical realism, The Accident Season blurred the lines between reality and fantasy. With an unreliable narrator and engaging prose, it has become confusing (in a good way) to know where the fantasy ends and the reality begins and that's how I like it. It is somehow, at least for me, reads like a Nova Ren Suma novel.

The Accident Season is a haunting novel that gave me the feeli
Dannii Elle
Not going to lie, I picked this up purely because of the beautiful cover and the insane amount of hype it received a year or two ago. Never did I imagine the evocative beauty and haunting poignancy it would deliver!

I assumed this was going to be a straight-up YA thriller. Which it is. But it can also be described as fantasy, magical realism, paranormal, romance and contemporary. In short, this book is everything and nothing like the genres it can be classified as.

The accident season comes every
Sarah Churchill
The premise and plot of this novel are brilliant, unusual and haunting. But (and it's a very big but) the first 3/4 of this book bored the living hell out of me. It felt slow, like most of it was filler and just unnecessary, and I didn't care about any of the characters because they just didn't feel real. Only Alice felt three dimensional and actually likeable.

The last quarter of the book is creepy, engaging and exciting, with twists and turns that I did see coming (a mix of often-used plot twi
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, favorites
This was so good!!!!! Wild and beautiful and unexpected! OK so this was like really good! The weather fit perfectly. If its cold and rainy or just autumn then this is your book. Its one of those books that you can feel the chill in the air and it has creepy moments but you kinda have to put two and two together.


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The atmosphere is one of the elements I loved the most. And the characters!!!! They were perfect! Our MC is awesome. She is a bit wild like the rest but she stil
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this. However it wasn't entirely spooky enough for me and sometimes the metaphorical onslaught of Cara's changeling view came across as too pretentious. I like that stuff to be subtle and the writing didn't work so well for that aspect of the story. The final pages made me ugly-cry though, so you can tell I bonded with all the characters massively. ...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
I began reading The Accident Season and was quick to pitch it as contemporary YA that also fell somewhere between The Ring and The Falling . As I carried on reading, the story moved away from horror, yet would aptly be read against the musical soundtrack for The Falling. You may have heard about the mysterious tarot cards and the creepy red buttons, but the The Accident Season is not so much scary story as it is a wonderfully evocative contemporary novel with many eerie twists.

The Acciden
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“All witches keep their kisses in everyday objects, so that their hearts won’t break too often.”

You can find this review and all of my other reviews at Novel Descent Thanks for the support!

This was one of the bigger surprises for me this year. I didn't expect to think much of this one and only picked it up on a whim and ended up just loving it.

The Accident Season is about a family who seems to be almost cursed. Every year around October (has to be Halloween month, right?) the famil
Beautiful writing, but paired with a plot/characters/storyline that just simply weren't for me. It's definitely one of those "it's me, not you" affairs.

I was bored most of this novel. When I wasn't bored, I was confused, and trust me that is not much of an upgrade. I also didn't like any of the characters, I found the romances to be spectacularly... odd, and for a person who scares relatively easy, I didn't think this was "haunting" or "chilling" in the slightest. The only reason I didn't DNF t
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery

This was so wonderfully complex, in an equally-wonderfully unexpected way. You go in expecting a complex mystery, and you get a web of complex dynamics held together with a mystery. These are the best kinds of stories, really.
This book sings to my dark and wistful little soul, and I just can’t get enough of it.
It is always so hard to find a YA story that has a little bit of everything in it. I love a story that touches on fantasy and paranormal aspects, but is packed with sorrowful pain and whispered little secrets. This story has everything I crave tucked into its beautiful pages. This story needs to be read, trust me.
For as long as they can remember, Cara and her family have been falling into unexplainable accide
May 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melki by: Nancy Antram
Well, this sure had a promising premise . . .

It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom. Years ago my mother tried to lock us all up, pad the hard edges of things with foam and gauze, cover us in layers of sweaters and gloves, ban sharp objects and open flames.

We're afraid of the accident season. We're afraid of how easily accidents turn into tragedies. We have had too many of those already.

Say hello to a family that spends every October dreadin
Elle (ellexamines)
This is a book that I only gave three stars last year and yet somehow, it resonated as a four in my head. This book screwed with my mind. It's a book I'm left thinking about almost a year and a half after reading it.

The Accident Season is magical realism, but I almost feel as if it should go into the suspense genre. This almost felt like a slow-burn version of Marcus Sedgwick. There are no answers as to what is going on for half the book, yet it somehow kept me turning pages. The plot is so odd
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars An atmospheric, compelling book that kept the pages turning. Which part is a dream? Which part is reality? While I don't need every question answered, I'm not sure everything entirely worked or held together, and I would like to have gotten to know the characters better, and to feel more for them. But still, a strong debut with a style that keeps you suitably off-balance. Would definitely check out a future book by this author.

If you like Sarah McGarry's writing, you'll probably enjoy
Liz Barnsley
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
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight
I didn't know entirely what to expect from The Accident Season as I have kind of made the choice to never look at a synopsis after my initial addition to the TBR. I knew it looked cool, and that I'd bookmarked it as a book I really wanted. I ended up getting it at BEA, and then in the mail from Penguin, which was awesome- especially since one of you get to win my extra copy ;)

So, I was going in mostly blind. I knew it was about a gir
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read the full review at Please Feed the Bookworm http://pleasefeedthebookworm.comThis book literally stole my breathe away. it is not a book that you read to understand, it is a book that you read to feel. if you try to hard to understand it the meaning will fall away. It's the perfect combination of wildness and danger. I have been sitting on this review for a bit since I wanted to take my time writing this review to do this book the justice it deserves. It all made up of part whimsy & dream, b ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-releases

4.5 stars.

Mind = blown.

Head = spinning.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

For fans of We Were Liars and How I Live Now comes a haunting, sexy, magically realistic debut about a famiy caught between a violent history, a taboo romance, and the mysteries lurking in their own backyard
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was so creepy-cool! Like, so creepy-cool that I'm going to make a special Goodreads shelf called "creepy-cool" just for this book. Other books may join this book on said shelf eventually, but for now, it stands alone as the most creepy-cool book I've ever read. Understandably, not everyone will enjoy this book as much as I did - it's unique, it's weird, it's out there - but if you're up for something "creepy-cool", I say go for it - it's definitely Roxy-recommended! ...more
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I chose this book from my library’s digital audiobook collection mostly because it was immediately available and I needed something to listen to right away! Turns out, it is a story that hits so many of my literary sweet spots. Read by excellent Irish narrator Colbie Minifie, this eerie story follows the lives of one family who, every October, are mysteriously afflicted with what they call “the accident season,” in which family members are subject to injury and disaster. From minor bumps and bru ...more
The Accident Season was a bit of a surprise for me, I didn’t expect it to bowl me over and delight me in EVERY way possible. I eagerly read every beautiful, haunting sentence. I craved its slight dark and off-kilter spin on reality. I laughed, cried, and loved along with all of the main characters. It’s a story about a family curse, with a big fat highlight on the family, identity, and the memories which define us.

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruis
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five reasons to listen to The Accident Season

The premise: Every October Cara and her family have unexplained accidents. Some years they escape with cuts, bruises and broken bones  but other years are dark like the season their father died. Fowley-Doyle shares this season and takes us on one heck of a ride where accidents are not the only problems facing this family. Besides the mystery of the accident season, this is a tale of secrets, forbidden love, friendship, sisters, family and coming of
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Moïra Fowley is half-French, half-Irish and made of equal parts feminism, whimsy and Doc Martens. She lives in Dublin where she writes magic realism, reads tarot cards and raises witch babies.

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