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The Book of Accidents

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  572 ratings  ·  311 reviews
16 hours, 49 minutes

A family returns to their hometown—and to the dark past that haunts them still—in this masterpiece of literary horror by the New York Times bestselling author of Wanderers

Long ago, Nathan lived in a house in the country with his abusive father—and has never told his family what happened there.

Long ago, Maddie was a little girl making dolls in her bedro
Hardcover, 530 pages
Published July 20th 2021 by Del Rey Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My thanks to Random House/Ballantine, Chuck Windig and Netgalley.
This book is exactly why I needed. It's one of those stories that have become rare for me in the horror/sci-fi field. It was fantastic! Not really scary, but eerie as anything I've read before. It also wasn't a new story, but it was told well! I loved every tense, butt clenching moment. Also, I do love a good ending, and this did not disappoint!
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 Stars

So many things happened long ago. So many things are happening in the present.

Nate and Maddie both have experienced things their past that still linger beneath the surface. Hiding, dormant, waiting to come to the surface. Maddie was always an artist. When she was a child, she was in her room, yet witnessed something and began making haunting sculptures. Nate, former police officer now game warden, grew up in a home in the country with his abusive father. When his father passed away, Nat
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"They were not girls. They were just things. Each a number. Each a purpose. Each a sacrifice."

I've read a lot of creepy books in my life, but never have I been stopped by TSA because of one. True story: when returning from our trip last week, TSA flagged my bag, and the only item they pulled out and searched was my paperback copy of The Book of Accidents. After vigorously flipping through each page-searching for who knows what-they deemed it safe enough to pass security and continue its journey
4.5 stars
I was so surprised by how much I loved this!
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Jul 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
First of all, THAT COVER!!! Absolutely perfect! 😍

Nathan, Maddie, and their 15 year old son Ollie are given an opportunity to leave the city behind when Nate's abusive father passes away and leaves him the family home for a measly $1.00. Nate would rather never return but Maddie insists this will be what's best for the family and so he agrees.

Odd things start to happen as soon as they arrive in the house. Nate begins seeing the ghost of his late father. Maddie's sculptures begin to come alive. O
Jenny Lawson
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creepy and fascinating. Started this by lantern light during the Texas snowstorm and it was exactly the sort of scary book you should not read at midnight in a house without power. That's a compliment. 4.5 stars. ...more
Jul 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Published 7/20

"Edmund Walker Reese was a man of numbers...he sat strapped to an electric chair...Everything was part of an equation...the truest language of the universe was not our words, or our body language...[From Journal 37 of serial killer Edmund Walker Reese]". Guards on Death Row said, "Walker disappeared the moment they flipped the switch on that chair, he went away, rode the lightning." Nate Graves was one of the prison guards in attendance.

The Graves' ancestral home was located on thi
Sadie Hartmann
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit. How did Wendig even come up with this elaborate, intricate plot?! Damn. I left my heart in this book. I love Oliver, Maddie, Nate, and Fig SO MUCH. I feel like I’m leaving fictional friends behind now that it’s over but—I carry them with me always. Full review soon!
Apr 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
This dark, supernatural book scared me to death. I'm not a huge fan of dark magic, but the author was a genius at weaving it in and out of the story that it did not affect my reading. It has been compared to Stephen King's Pet Sematary, an argumentative comparison.
Beginning with a serial killer in the electric chair for the killing of 4 young girls, Edmund Reese is a number guru and begins his plot of escape. Just as the charge runs through his veins ....POOF!!!!....he is gone. The haunting on
Jun 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am speechless after reading this.

I mean, I was already a huge fan of Wendig but I never realized that he could pick something like this... an almost Stephen King kind of setup that has echoes of the Shining, shake it up so hard and brutal, and give us a very SK story that is every bit as original as SK but without the many divergences.

What we have here is a classic horror that is very much a Wendig. And if you know Wendig, you know he knows how to deal with the small stuff, the many great deta
Jul 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Nate’s awful and abusive father is dying, and one of the provisions of his will is that he will not bequeath the childhood home Nate grew up in, but Nate can buy it for $1. There must be a catch, right? But his son Oliver isn’t doing well at his current school and when Oliver expresses interest in leaving, Nate and his wife Maddie decide a fresh start for their son is worth it. Nearly as soon as they arrive however, weird things start to happen. The animals act oddly, Nate starts seeing things, ...more
Jul 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Since reading last year's WANDERERS, I've become a fan of Mr. Wendig. Now, with his latest book, my fandom is locked in. THE BOOK OF ACCIDENTS is full of heart, while packing in the pain and the scares, in new and delicious ways.

Nate's estranged father is dying which is fine with Nate because he hates the man. Both Nate and his wife grew up in the same town and they decide to move back into Nate's childhood home along with their son, Oliver. Right from the beginning things are not right; Nate s
Wendig's "The Book of Accidents" is a must-read for 2021. It is a masterpiece of plotting and character development. The Graves family, consisting of Nate (not Nathan), Maddie, and Oliver is a family like no other, each struggling with demons, both personal and otherworldly.

In an accident or coincidence, Nate inherits his father's home, a blessing and a curse as Nate (like anyone whoever met Carl) resents the curmudgeon. It's a move that takes the Graves out of the city (Philadelphia) and out i
Jul 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Elle by: Chelsea Humphrey
Shelves: 2021, netgalley
I will fully admit I went into this not expecting to like it at all. For one, I was not a fan of Chuck Wendig’s previous book, Wanderers, and wrote a lengthy review detailing exactly why. But I did decide to pick up The Book of Accidents, not just because I was feeling major amounts of FOMO after several of my friends loved it, but because this was a genre departure from Wanderers. Also I’m usually one for second chances.

The book follows the Graves family, Nate, Maddie and their son Oliver, as t
Jul 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I had not prepared myself enough when going into The Book of Accidents, fully accepting the possibility of reading through another generic haunted house novel. But I'm happy to announce that this book was full of surprises and destroyed my expectations. It's genuinely horrific, masterfully utilizes some fantasy/sci-fi elements, and has a ton of interesting characters.

I'm still trying to get over some sequences in this book, especially one that notably takes place in a dark cave. When you read i
Michael Hicks
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, horror
Wow. Fucking WOW. I mean, what the hell else is there to say?

Clocking in at a hefty 540+ pages, Chuck Wendig's The Book of Accidents reads like the lovechild between Stephen King and Blake Crouch. This is a full-on horror novel, but Wendig elevates it with some really creative high-concept twists and turns (as well as some wickedly effective gore scenes) that takes what could ostensibly be a slasher/serial-killer story into some truly next-level shit. There's so damn much I want to talk about he
Jul 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
It was a stone colonial farmhouse, its old bones dating back to the late 1700s. It was a tall house with narrow shoulders, and it cast a deep shadow as the sun rose behind it. The door was red. The gable roof above the door was teal. But the paint on both had long faded, peeling away in leprotic strips. The flagstone walkway was cracked and fractured, with weeds widening those gaps. Spiderwebs, some old, some new, hung in the windows. The slate roof was in grave disrepair, many of the tiles brok ...more
Jul 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: misc-fiction
Nate's abusive father is dying from cancer. As his final arrangements are being made, he offers the house to Nate for $1. Nate doesn't want anything to do with the house or his dad. His wife Maddie, however, thinks it's the perfect place to get out of the city with their highly empathetic 15 year old Ollie.

Almost immediately odd things start happening. Nate sees his father's ghost, Maddie loses all recollection of creating a hand carved wooden owl, Ollie gets roughed up by bullies. This is wher
Jul 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy smokes, what did I just read?!

The premise of this books sounds relatively mundane: a family moves from the city (Philadelphia) to a rural town after their kid had a breakdown (during an ALICE drill). The kid has powers ((view spoiler)) but doesn't tell anyone, goes to therapy but that can't really help as the therapist doesn't know about his powers either. After settling into that rural town, things start to happen. Weird
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
THE BOOK OF ACCIDENTS has been one of my most anticipated books of 2021 since I heard about it. All of my reading experiences with Wendig have been excellent. His Miriam Black series is top notch, and Wanderers is a fantastic dystopian novel. Also it's thick, and anyone who knows me well knows that some of my absolute favorite books are over 500 pages. I like a story that lets you get in so deep that you can spread out and roll around in it. I like a book that has elbow room, if you will. OK, th ...more
Jun 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig from Netgalley for my honest review!

Wow, wow, wow, . . . .!!! A brilliant and fascinating supernatural horror story!

Nate, Maddie and Oliver Graves move from the city into Nate's old childhood home, A home of very few happy memories. They are hoping the move helps their teenage son, Oliver. Oliver is constantly in pain. What Oliver's parent's don't know is that Oliver has the ability to "literally" see the pain inside people.

Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

I am not that familiar with Chuck Wendig's work. I see him on Twitter sometimes, and I know a lot of Star Wars fans were not happy with his turn at a 'galaxy far, far, away." I just thought he did mostly science fiction books, and was surprised to see this ARC on NetGalley and the genre being horror. But that could just be me not being familiar enough with him, and maybe this isn't his first foray into h
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm finnnnnaalllyyyyy done with reading Chuck Wendig's upcoming The Book of Accidents and I'm so glad I gave this author another try after DNFing Wanderers. Going into this book, I felt that the author would follow a similar type of story, but this book is a complete 180 from what you may expect. And in a good way!

The story focuses on multiple points of view, but the main characters are the Graves family—Nate, Maddie, and their teenage son Oliver. Nate's abusive father decides to leave Nate
Apr 09, 2021 rated it liked it
While there is a bit of hokum and quite a lot of hocus pocus this was fun, well-plotted, and a departure from what I usually read. Although, I admit that did like The Wanderers quite a bit. Wendig has the ability to believably capture and characterize teenagers much like Stephen King. Speaking of whom, be on the lookout for a few Easter eggs. They are amusing.
Amanda Hupe
Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-reads, netgalley
Thank you, NetGalley, Chuck Wendig, and Del Ray Publishing for the opportunity to read this book! It releases today!!!! (July 20th, 2021)

What made me pick up The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig? Well, it was the title that really captured my attention. Then I was drawn in by the cover. And when I read the description…I was doomed. Now you may ask what this book is even about. And I am here to tell you that I can’t give all the details because that would ruin everything! Here are the basics: th
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to thank Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, Del Rey, and NetGalley for an ARC of this book to read and review.

The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig

A serial killer is sent to the electric chair. But is he really dead?

When his father dies of cancer Nate Graves is convinced by his wife Maggie and son Oliver to move into his ancestral home. Soon strange things start happening to each member of the family. When a boy named Jake befriends Oliver things start to escalate as the family
Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe
Jun 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, thriller-mystery
The Book of Accidents is hard to describe, as it isn’t like anything I’ve read before. Thank you to Chuck Wendig and Del Ray books for my ARC that comes out on July 20th. This book is about the past, present and future, surrounding Nathan, Maddie, and Oliver Graves. Nathan survived an abusive childhood, Maddie is having flashbacks to something she saw as a child, and Oliver meets a strange boy in the woods who says he can do magic. Through multiple viewpoints this story is a mix of mystery, sci- ...more
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of The Book of Accidents.

I haven't read any books by this author before but the premise was so intriguing I was excited when my request was approved.

** Minor spoilers ahead **

The Book of Accidents is not a typical story; rather, it's a blend of genres that include supernatural, horror, science fiction, a little coming of age; it's about family, loyalty, love and the strength of friendship and belief.

When Nate's abusive father dies and leaves him his ch
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*4.5 stars rounded up. A horror story in the vein of early Stephen King novels. Even at over 500 pages, it's a fairly quick, exciting read.

The plot: Nate's father is dying from cancer and offers the old homestead in PA where Nate grew up to him for $1. Nate hates his abusive father and at first refuses. But the whole family--Nate, his artist wife, Maddy, and their teenaged son, Oliver--could use a fresh start, and living in a rural area sounds appealing, so they accept.

Nate arrives in time to
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Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, and a freelance penmonkey.
He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP).

He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, will show at th

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