Monday, October 12, 2015

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Book Summery (Via Goodreads): 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.

Book Review:
The premise was intriguing. The book started of with a bang. It was rather fast paced. Initially, I was hooked. So how does this review end with a 3.5 rating? For a few major reasons. 1. Lack of character development. The characters start out rich with promise, but then...nothing. Sure there are a few nibbles and alluding whispers. That is what kept me reading on, but there is such an underwhelming lack of development, that these few delicious morsels simply aren't enough for the book to stand on its own. 2. Lack of plot development. Again, the plot is earnest with mystery and intrigue...and once again, there is no payment upon delivery. The suspense and dramatic tension seems promising, but overall falls flat. I'm sure you've gathered by now, that the author does exceptional job at keeping her novels packed with mystery and suspense, but it's just not enough. I didn't get that ending that I craved that wrapped up most of the considerable loose ends. I would be willing to try another book by this author, but I'd definitely keep this review in mind.

Cover Art Commentary:
I just love this cover. It's rather clever. I love that the image is upside down. It makes it looking like the woman on the over is falling up instead of down. I also like the muted colors. Very fitting.


1 comment:

  1. Ah, I've been wanting to read this one for a while - sorry it felt flat for you! Such a pity, for a book with such an intriguing premise.