Today, I’m here to spotlight one of my favoritefavoritefavorite books of the year and one of my favorite books EVER. The whole reason I call my blog Words Like Silver is because I’m always looking for silver-tongued writers, those with poetic words and stunning atmosphere. I’m a mood person over all, and The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle has a distinct mood that gives me the SHIVERS.
I’m so excited today to be a stop on the blog tour!
The Book (& My Thoughts)
Novel: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle | Goodreads
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books (PRH)
For fans of We Were Liars and How I Live Now comes a haunting, sexy, magically realistic debut about a family caught between a violent history, a taboo romance, and the mysteries lurking in their own backyard.
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 LOVE THIS BOOK. Hands down, one of my favorites of the year – possibly ever. I wish I had the words for it.
The Accident Season is sinister and creepy and devastatingly romantic in the sense that it heightens every emotion. Everything’s on the edge. Everything is crafted masterfully and dreamily – even the horrors that the characters experience are made pretty somehow by the language and the mystery of it. The book starts with a bang, and the tension builds expertly throughout the next few chapters. Within a few pages, I was absolutely riveted.
Cara was likable, and also eerie enough to love. She had her own issues – like her burgeoning feelings for Sam, her ex-stepbrother, and whether or not that’d be incestual. Like the girl she somehow sees in every picture she’s ever taken, but that few people can otherwise remember. Like trying to keep her family safe from “accidental” trips down the stairs. Like knowing that this accident season is set to be the worst.
Her conflicts weren’t overpowering though; they were effortlessly interwoven with subplots like the typewriter and the vision of the changelings and her relationships with other characters. There was Alice, with her rocker boyfriend and choppy personality. There was Sam, warm and familiar. There was Bea, a witchy girl who Cara silently longed to be like. The relationships felt both realistic and lithe: lyrical in a strange way that I can’t quite put my finger on.
One aspect that I loved about it was that it was focused on family. The family, instead of being a harboring ground for secrets, had both a tattered history and plenty of love for each other. They supported each other but also, each member had his or her own demons – those that tore down their brothers and sisters. They’d sit in the living room and tend to their injuries and drink red wine, talking about October and bonfires and legends. This book is a folk tale come to life, is the fall season come to life, and that mood kept me captivated.
When I think about this book, my heart starts pounding. I get scared, and excited, and I want to read it for the first time over and over and over again. It’s exhilarating – it gets under your skin. It has all the best qualities of magical realism while still being a satisfying paranormal thrill ride. It’s subtle and edgy and absolutely GORGEOUS.
I wish I could take this book with me, always. I’ve only just read it in July, but I’ll definitely be rereading it in October. THE ATMOSPHERE is deserving of a gushing review in itself.
The allure of the accident season as a concept drew me in. The magnetism of each character – navigating love and friendship, with the perfect balance between enigmatic and relatable – made me stay. The language is pulsing and alive. It’s powerful, whether it’s describing the ruins of an old house or the terror of falling off a bridge. The pronounced mood lingers through each page and there’s a constant suspense, but it’s not exhausting. I think I’d be happy reading this book over and over for the rest of my life.
There’s a lot going on in The Accident Season but it all fell together perfectly for me. There’s some stream-of-consciousness thrown in there, some romance, some friendship, some family. It’s remarkably well-balanced. The otherworldly aspects (changelings, unexplained injuries, hallucinations) are set off by mundane conversations of homework, sex, drinking, relationships. There are unanswered questions and yet, it’s genius how it all works in the end.
It’s visual, and lush. Fears seep into other emotions, and there’s a mingling sense of otherness that I ache to read more of. I felt connected to the characters, and yet the mood was still more vibrant. It’s an atmosphere that’s so powerful that it leapt off the page and stayed with me. I haven’t been this enthralled by a book or writer since reading Maggie Stiefvater for the first time, or April Genevieve Tucholke. I just think this book is brilliant, and I want to live in it forever.
You can check out the rest of my Pinterest board dedicated to the book here.