The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

September 11th, 2015 kimbacaffeinate Review 71 Comments

11th Sep
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
The Accident Season
by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Published by: Penguin Random House
Narrator: Colby Minifie
Length: 7 hours and 24 minutes
Genres: Magical Realism, Paranormal
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably and unavoidably accident-prone. Some years it's bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it's just a lot of cuts and scrapes. This accident season--when Cara, her ex-stepbrother, Sam, and her best friend, Bea, are 17--is going to be a bad one. But not for the reasons they think. Cara is about to learn that not all the scars left by the accident season are physical: There's a long-hidden family secret underneath the bumps and bruises. This is the year Cara will finally fall desperately in love, when she'll start discovering the painful truth about the adults in her life, and when she'll uncover the dark origins of the accident season--whether she’s ready or not.

Audiobook freaky paranormal UNIQUE Young Adult

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle was not on my radar until I read a review from a fellow blogger. Then an opportunity to review the audio version with Colby Minifie reading presented itself and I jumped. I am so delighted that I did so as the Accident Season was beautiful, dark, mysterious, and quirky.

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

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 age.
  • The writing/language: The writing was delightful; if I read the Accident Season, I would have highlighted everything. Fowley-Doyle has this magical way of describing feelings and painting scenery. As Colby Minifie read, I found myself slipping into the story as the lyrical, often-haunting words flowed. I can hardly believe this is a début novel.
  • The characters: Colorful and quirky from Mom’s purple hair to their different personalities. Each of the siblings intrigued me. The siblings, Cara, her sister Alice, and their ex-stepbrother Sam are incredibly close; in part because of the accident season. Their friend Bea is a tad eccentric from her tarot cards to her vividly witchy imagination. I easily connected with all of them and their actions and personalities felt realistic. The bond between this family and group of friends felt genuine and the way they came together during the accident season endeared me to them.
  • The story: The story comes to us from Cara and at times, she was an unreliable narrator. This added to the overall suspense and creepiness as the story unfolded. Was the accident season real? Moreover, what was causing it? Bea and her incredible gift at spinning tales gave us a  haunting atmosphere. The author takes us through their mundane lives and the  complications created by the season from school to parties. She skillful shows the risks youth take even with the threat of danger. We see the believers and the naysayers of the family and wonder ourselves even as the hair on the back of our neck rises. We experience love, heartache, jealously friendship and their fears.
  • A standalone: We get a fully developed story that was fast paced, and wholly original. I loved the blending of paranormal and magical realism. As the story progressed, it became more complex with twists and turns that kept me listening. I found the story delightful from its creepy mystery to the sweet romance. The climatic ending was action-packed and had me holding my breath. I worried that we would be left with questions, but the author tied up threads and delivered an ending that satisfied me.

The Accident Season was a beautiful twisted and unique thriller whose characters and prose held me captive.

“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.”

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About Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Moïra Fowley-Doyle is half-French, half-Irish and lives in Dublin with her husband, their young daughter and their old cat. Moïra’s French half likes red wine and dark books in which everybody dies. Her Irish half likes tea and happy endings. Moïra spent several years at university studying vampires in young adult fiction before concentrating on writing young adult fiction with no vampires in it whatsoever. She wrote her first novel at the age of eight, when she was told that if she wrote a story about spiders she wouldn’t be afraid of them any more. Moïra is still afraid of spiders, but has never stopped writing stories.

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71 Responses to “The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle”

  1. Grace

    I listened to the audio on this one as well and loved it. I liked that it was kind of mysterious and had the magical realism aspect to it. The characters were probably my favorite part. Great review!
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  2. Jenny

    I’m super curious about this one Kim! I love the premise, I want to know everything there is to know about this family and why their so accident prone for this one month. I love that Cara is an unreliable narrator at times, it’s fun to question whether or not we can trust the person who’s telling us their story:)
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  3. Kristin

    I remember we saw the same review! I’m still waiting on my library copy 🙂 I wonder if she’s such a fantastic lyrical writer b/c she’s been practicing for this debut? I can’t wait to get my hands on it, though!!! I wish there were more stand alones in the world
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  4. Mary Kirkland

    For a debut novel this sounds so original and fun, yet a little creepy. I think if I had this problem, I would stay home each October and try to be safe. This sounds really intriguing and mysterious.
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  5. Tika

    I’ve heard so much about The Accident Season! Every review I come across say it’s the perfect mix of mysterious and creepy, and I honestly haven’t read a concept like this before so I’m so freaking excited! I’m thinking that I might get the audio to listen along while I read, just to add that extra HMPH to the story!
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  6. Jen

    Fabulous review!! I’ve been dying to read this one since the moment I heard about it, such an original premises & I love me some unreliable narration 🙂 I received it last week in one of my monthly subscription boxes & was thrilled, I love the cover so I really wanted a print copy! I’ve heard nothing but great things & can’t wait to crack into it!!
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  7. Dre

    I’d have to agree that the writing was pretty haunting. I actually liked it. Cara is an unreliable narrator, that most of the time I got confused. But overall it was a good read. Thanks for sharing the soundcloud bit, but I think reading the book is much more enjoyable 😀
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