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?
This was one of those books where I find it hard to express my thoughts about in words. The concept, that one month of every year, Cara’s family was plagued by accidents, sometimes minor, sometimes fatal, and no one knew why, was interesting. There were times when the book was slow and I ended up finding the twists a bit predictable but I liked the concept and the characters.
The characters were my favourite part of the book. They were complex and developed well and I loved the main four interacting with each other in all sorts of ways. There was the feeling that it was always the four of them against the world, even when they were apart. The book was told in Cara’s POV but all the characters, Cara’s sister Alice, their ex-stepbrother Sam, and Cara’s best friend Bea all had their own issues in the book that they had to deal with.
The book was a bit of a mis-mash of genres. There was contemporary, magical realism, a bit of light horror/creepiness. There were stories within the story that I enjoyed. I did find the ending came on pretty fast and there was a lot thrown at the reader all at once. With how slow the first part was, it seemed like maybe the information could have been spread out more evenly.
There were parts I enjoyed but it ended up being just a bit too predictable for me to fall in love with.