For as long as Cara can remember, the month of October has meant avoiding knives and wearing extra layers of clothing, not for warmth, but for protection against trips and falls. For Cara’s family, October is “accident season.” Sometimes those accidents are just burned fingers or stubbed toes; sometimes people die. This year’s accident season could be particularly bad, and everyone is on edge: Cara’s older sister, Alice, seems to be hiding something; their mom is becoming increasingly overprotective; Cara’s relationship with her ex-stepbrother, Sam, is getting complicated; and then Cara becomes obsessed with the mysterious disappearance of a classmate.
Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s debut is set in Ireland, where myth and magic often lie close to the surface of everyday life. Readers will wonder—as Cara does—what is magic and what isn’t, what is logical and what is unexplainable. An air of mystery and wonder will remain with readers long after the close of the accident season.