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Mysterious Magical Realism | Book Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Horror noobs: The Accident Season is all clear!

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

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Title & Author: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Paranormal

Release Date: August 18, 2015

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Kathy Dawnson Books – Penguin

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“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. ”

Deliciously Creepy & Suspenseful

I don’t like or enjoy horror books. I do, however, dabble in suspenseful or slightly creepy books (like The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer for example).

The Accident Season hit that sweet spot of the mysterious and the macab. It’s the subtle things that get to me when it comes to thrillers, and the author really knew just the right balance to achieve.

First, I loved that the book was set in a small village in Ireland. The language of the book doesn’t really include any different sayings or expressions, so I’m thinking that was taken out to appeal to American teens (the book is also being published overseas as well). I could be totally wrong though.

So, the book is about this family who is extremely accident prone around a particular time of year. Broken bones, scrapes, cuts and if it’s a really bad season…death.

Just like you’d think, the story focuses on digging into what these accidents take place every year. What is magical about the book is that other ideas and issues are artfully woven in while you don’t even realize it.

The Accident Season is a beautifully written novel disguised as a page-turning thriller. This is mainly a contemporary story but with magical realism moments.

There are a few scenes (you’ll know them when you read them) that are so vivid you’ll feel like you’re there. Not a lot of novels can accomplish that level of description and atmosphere, and I was so impressed with how the author performed that here.

The ending is a slightly abrupt – probably just because I wanted more. There are so many questions to answer and while there is room for the reader to wonder, I’m so thankful there are definitive answers for most.

There is a sense of poetry to the story. It’s dreamy and mystical while feeling tangible and fluid. I am a huge fan with the storytelling in the book.


If you’re looking to be thrilled but not terrified and moved by descriptive and romantic text, then this is the book for you. I was very impressed with the well-executed magical realism and the shrouded mystery that kept me guessing. I highly recommend The Accident Season.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Sounds very intriguing indeed 🙂 just added it to my TBR! Thanks!