Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin for the arc of The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle! Cara and her family (her mother, ex-step brother Sam and her sister Alice) suffer annually from an extreme bout of accident proneness. While looking through her entire photo collection, she sees Elsie in each of the pictures. Elsie is a mysterious and quiet girl Cara has known throughout her lifetime. Cara’s best friend Bea has a knack for tarot cards and other supernatural talents. The story has a British feel – smoking outside of the school, tea, Irish class – which gives it more interest to American readers.
Spoiler Alert: After reading other reviews on The Accident Season, I feel the need to point out that the main focus of the story is not on Cara and Sam’s relationship or even on the awful stepfather, but on the entire strangeness of events happening, now and in the past, to Cara’s family members, seperately and as a group. The mom explains Elsie towards the end of the story, even though she doesn’t want to believe it herself.