Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
“Accidents happen. Our bones shatter, our skin splits, our hearts break. We burn, we drown, we stay alive.”
It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.
The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.
But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?
I really don’t want to rely on the Goodreads synopsis on this one. The last two sentences on Goodreads are quite misleading. It says, “But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?” But here is the thing, I dived in the book knowing that they will be searching for the answer as to why they are cursed or how can they break free from this curse. Yet the story does not revolve around the whys and hows of the accident season. The story revolves around finding the girl in Cara’s photos.
I am very disappointed with this book. For someone who is a big fan of mystery and thriller, this book caught my eye and I’ve been meaning to read it the moment that I have read the synopsis on Goodreads. The plot has a lot of potential but it is confusing. Too many questions left unanswered and it doesn’t make sense at all. The cause of The Accident Season is quite blurry and confusing. I get the relation with the answers that Cara’s mother gave them with The Accident Season; but I don’t think it fits ,there are a lot of plot holes. And there are a lot of an unanswered thing in the book, I swear. I know there are books which would really give you a cliff hanger or an open ending so it is up to you to predict or decide what will happen next, but in this book, I’m quite frustrated with the unanswered issues.
(MINOR SPOILERS FOR MARA DYER TRILOGY BELOW. YOU ARE WARNED!)
And also there is this dream or Cara’s dream about the changelings and there is no explanation about the relation to Cara or to the story. If you have read Mara Dyer trilogy, there are these weird chapters about some alternate girl who seems to be connected with Mara, the girl who has the same doll as Mara. The changeling has the same feels in the story. But compared to Mara Dyer which would make sense and click at the end of the trilogy, The Accident Season is the opposite. It is one of the things that is unexplained even though you will get the hint about its relation to Cara BUT why in the world is this in the story in the first place? And the story might have been less confusing without it.
And let me tell you another thing about the plot, IT IS VERY PREDICTABLE. Very predictable might be an understatement. I could really predict what will happen and it will be 3 to 5 more chapters before revealing what I have predicted. Even the character development is very predictable.
I want to like the story because it has so many potentials. There could be a million different reason for The Accident Season, but the author chooses the one that does not make any sense. And the characters, I also see different potentials in their development but again, it is predictable that this character will fall in love with this character and so on.
I feel like this whole post is a rant about how disappointed I am with this book. Let’s just say I have a high expectations with mystery-thriller genre because I am a very big fan. And I’m not even comparing it to Dan Brown, I’m at least expecting it to be in the level of Michelle Hodkins but it is lower than that. I would still give the author a try if she will publish another book.