The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Published by Kathy Dawson Books
Published on August 18th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Thriller
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Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably 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. They know what they need to do—stock up on bandages and painkillers, cover sharp table edges with padding, banish knives to locked drawers, switch off electrical items. They buckle up, they batten down.
But this accident season—when Cara; her ex-stepbrother, Sam; and her best friend, Bea, are seventeen—none of that will make a difference.
Because Cara is starting to ask questions. And the answers were never meant to be found.
A haunting, untethered, addictive read that perfectly captures that time in our lives when our hearts crack open and the raw secrets of our true selves burst forth—whether we are ready or not.
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Our bones shatter, our skin splits, our hearts break.
We burn, we drown, we stay alive.
It’s the Wednesday before Halloween, which means I wanted to share with you a WICKED READ from the Penguin Teen tour!
The book I am featuring is The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle!
As you may have seen in the book info at the top of this post, this book is a haunting read, which is perfect for those October TBRs. I had the opportunity to read this book earlier this week, and I can honestly say that I was thoroughly creeped out from start to finish. Since it’s hard to talk about this book without giving too much away, I figured I’d share a few moments from the book in lieu of a review.
Below you’ll find 3 mini excerpts that stuck with me while I was reading. Trust me when I tell you that this book packs a punch, and by the time you get to the end, you’ll be asking yourself: “What did I just read?”
We’re coming up to the last days of the accident season. Things almost always get worse now, before it ends. Last year at this point, Alice broke two fingers; they got caught in a car door when Nick was driving her home from a party. Two years before that was when Sam broke his nose playing soccer. (The bone set almost right; you can only see the slightest deviation to the line of his profile when he looks at you a certain way. I tell him it makes him look daring, like a pirate.) A few years before that, I broke my leg and Alice put her arm through a glass door. One year my mother fractured her collarbone; another I ran barefoot into the base of the sink and lost an entire toenail to the bathroom floor.
And that’s not counting the hundreds of cuts and scrapes and bruises, the knocks and frights for our lives. The could-have-beens, the almosts, the heads that didn’t quite crack on the marble tiles at that particular angle, the jagged glass that didn’t quite hit that particular vein, the water that didn’t quite fill the lungs before being expelled again. But we never talk about those.
Underneath that, though, I can hear the faintest whispering. I get down on my hands and knees and put my ear to the floor. Toby and Martin exchange a look, but then they crouch down with me. Our ears are cold against the dirty tiles.
“Listen,” I whisper. We listen. Underneath us, the river is talking. I close my eyes. It’s calling my name. It sounds like footsteps coming toward me, about to take me away. The footsteps get louder.
I start to go back downstairs, but then I hear a little sound behind me, and instead of turning around, I stay facing the door and take out my phone. I try to breathe noiselessly, but it feels like the ghostly person behind me is taking their breaths exactly when I take mine. I hear them only as an echo.
…I think of all the things our brains deny, all the memories they hide from us, all the secrets they keep.
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