Fiction Friday: Review of the YA Book, The Accident Season
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The following review of The Accident Season (Kathy Dawson Books, August 2015) by Moira Fowley-Doyle comes from Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor Joshua Flores.
For Cara and her family, every fall brings misfortune. They call it the accident season. In Moira Fowley-Doyle’s debut novel, The Accident Season, Cara and her siblings must survive the dreaded “accident season,” while discovering the secrets that are buried deep inside the walls of their own home. With spine-chilling moments and plenty of suspense, this novel guarantees readers an exciting and thrilling read.
The Accident Season is a truly original novel. The author combines contemporary fiction with a hint of horror that mixes perfectly. Similar to We Were Liars and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, this novel uses dark themes to create a unique plot that remains a coming of age tale. Doyle’s style of writing is extremely interesting and her detailed setting will bring Cara and her family to life for readers.
From a deadly romance to a heart-racing mystery, The Accident Season shocks and horrifies readers, leaving them to guess what will happen until the book’s very last word. The element of the novel that I most enjoyed was its shock-factor. After each chapter, you think you know what’s going to happen, but then the author throws in a plot twist and you are left guessing again.
Fowley-Doyle is a master at writing horror-related fiction for teens. Even though other novels have some similar elements, The Accident Season is so utterly original. It’s one of my new favorite books and I highly recommend it to teens and adults who like to read mysteries sprinkled with violence, horror, and even some romance. I look forward to reading more of Fowler-Doyle’s work in the future.
Joshua Flores, a rising junior from Tustin, California, is currently an editor for the Beckman Chronicle. He spends his free time reading and writing, and coming up with weird characters for the novel he is working on. You can follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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