Praise & Reviews


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“Fowley-Doyle’s stunning debut novel weaves the temporal and the spiritual into a seamless reality, rich in emotional impact. Devastating loss and abuse are balanced by romance, teen hijinks, and spine-tingling discoveries. . . . This thought-provoking narrative will cast its spell over older teens and adults alike.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“Ghosts, secrets, and magic collide in this Irish author’s astonishing debut. . . . a moving portrait of a fractured family, knitting itself back together with courage and love. A powerful novel from an exciting new talent.”—Kirkus, starred review

“A magical debut that you will devour” (Guardian)

“Eerie and edgy, dark and intense . . . You’ll read it in a single breathless sitting” (The Bookseller)

“Months after reading Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s stunning debut, I am still blown away . . . One of the best books I’ve read in years. An exquisite story – the kind to win awards, top bestseller lists, and become the obsession of book lovers everywhere” (Publishers Weekly)

“This astonishingly bold debut combines gritty reality with mystical, ghostly presences – and is beautifully written” (Daily Mail)

“Beautifully crafted and atmospheric, the magic realism of this book gradually peels away to expose secrets and reveal unexpected truths. Readers will be swept away by Fowley-Doyle’s lyrical writing and entrancing premise in this tale of forbidden love and magic.”—Booklist

“Sensuous, eerie, lyrical. . .Fowley-Doyle’s The Accident Season reads like a poem. The mystery is intriguing, the writing is gorgeous, and the characters are vivid. A lovely debut.”—April Tulcholke, author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

The Accident Season is amazing.”—Holly Black

“Atmospheric and magical.”—VOYA

“A lyrical and sometimes chilling exploration of the ways in which we manipulate memories to fall in line with our present narrative—the lies we tell ourselves to keep our brains safe and happy. Cara’s narration brilliantly, sometimes brutally conveys the unraveling of both Cara and her family…and the bittersweet ending will haunt readers as much it does Cara.”—BCCB

School Library Journal – Starred review

Kirkus – Starred review

Publisher’s Weekly Galley Talk

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Emtertainment Monthly (Emmerson College)

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The Globe and Mail

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Mumsnet Best New Books for Teens

The Book Bag

The Bookseller

The Guardian

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