For most families, October brings sweaters, rubber boots, Halloween costumes and comforting soups to get you through the early dark that sets in mid month.
For Cara's family, every October brings broken bones, burns, twisted ankles and close calls. No, they aren't a family of UFC fighters, Cara's family are victims of something they call The Accident Season. The Accident Season is a time when Cara and her loved ones are inexplicably beset by physical injuries.
They try to take extra care by covering the floors in thick rugs and wrapping sharp edges in bubble wrap, but it never removes the threat completely.
Haunting their every move is the fact that Cara's grandfather, father and uncle were all fatal victims of The Accident Season. It hangs like a thick black cloud over their heads every year.
Running parallel to this story is the disturbing fact that one of Cara's classmates, Elsie, appears to have gone missing. Even more disturbing, nobody in Cara's school or neighbourhood seems to think it's very alarming that a young girl has seemingly been wiped from the face of the Earth.
Like a fever dream that pulls you in and out of consciousness, The Accident Season is an eerie tale about love, loss, friendship and the ferocious power of family secrets.
Fowley-Doyle's writing comes at you from a unique place, it's hard for me to put my finger on it but it's as if this novel could be read aloud in sections throughout a Pink Floyd album. I mean that in a good way. I recommend you pick up a copy and stick with it until the end, twists, turns and hauntingly cool writing.
I'd suggest The Accident Season for Year 10 students and up!