A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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.
I really didn’t know what to expect going into The Accident Season. I loved the cover and felt that the summary had a very eerie feel so I was more than happy to dive in when a copy landed in my hands. This novel is incredibly hard to classify because it really touched on many genres in my opinion- magical realism would probably be the best descriptor.
The book was written from Cara’s point of view and I found her to be a likeable character. She tended to run head long into danger which did seem a tad strange since this book took place during her family’s ‘accident season’- a month of the year where they became more likely to be injured. Their injuries ranged from minor bruises to broken bones and family members had lost their lives during this time period in the past. I found the idea of a month of the year (theirs being October) very intriguing and it wasn’t something I’d ever heard before or thought of. I loved that this idea was completely new to me.
I found it easy to like all the characters though they each had their flaws. Cara and Sam were my favorites but I enjoyed what Alice and Bea brought to the story as well. Bea dabbled in tarot cards and had a very witch-like vibe that I loved about her. Alice was Cara’s older sister who had a very serious vibe about her but I always felt she had much more going on under the surface. Sam was Alice and Cara’s ex-stepbrother. Their parents had been married briefly and Sam still lived with her family. Their mother was semi-present and though she oblivious to most things around her I still managed to like her character. The entire cast of characters had great chemistry and dialog which made this novel incredibly easy to read.
The pacing was extremely fast for me. I sat down and before I knew it the novel was almost over. It was a ‘just one more chapter’ book for me which I loved. As far as I can tell The Accident Season is a standalone- and even with so few pages I was completely immersed and connected to the characters. There are a couple romances in this novel and I had one in particular I was really enamored by.
Because I was so fond of the characters I was tense while reading especially because of the eerie atmosphere throughout. This book delves into some dark places and also creeped me out in certain sections. I don’t want to give too much away because it would detract from the plot but it got under my skin and kept me thinking about it all day until I was able to finally finish those last remaining pages.
What a surprise The Accident Season was for me! I wasn’t sure this would be a book for me but with the magical realism, and fast pace this book was easy to absorb and love.