An intriguing book launch, a friend’s impressive achievement and a very absorbing read….

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by Fingal Libraries on September 24, 2015 in Libraries

Tarot cards, red buttons and beautifully decorated biscuits were all on show at the most intriguing book launch I ever attended and these mysterious items immediately piqued my interest (which was already high due to the fact that my friend’s wife Moira was the author). When I read The Accident Season, I understood and further […]

Tarot cards, red buttons and beautifully decorated biscuits were all on show at the most intriguing book launch I ever attended and these mysterious items immediately piqued my interest (which was already high due to the fact that my friend’s wife Moira was the author). When I read The Accident Season, I understood and further appreciated these evocative details.

The memory of the launch table covered in small red buttons added to the feeling I had from the first page – this book is magical and familiar at the same time. The arcane experiences the characters suffer through are described in wording that could only be found in Ireland and which brings folklore and fairy-tale into everyday life. The aura of mystery, eeriness and enchantment made a strong impression (in spite of my confirmed scepticism in the face of anything supernatural).

Also, fair warning, I devoured this book in about 2 hours, in spite of the fact that there were many other things I should have been doing. It pulled me in and made me forget everything else except discovering the cause of all these mysterious accidents.

The overpowering sense of mystery drew me in from the first page. The truth unfolds gradually through memories, revelations and accidents. It also wasn’t the more common materialistic teenage angst that filled the pages, but something I felt was more complex and identifiable to people of any age. Throughout the story, the characters feel confusion, doubt, anger and love – nothing is simple but they help each other to survive.

There are also a number of mysterious occurrences that are described in almost dreamlike sequences, with the feeling of unreality and yet familiarity that often occurs in dreams. Once I finished reading I could feel the magic dissipate as I reluctantly returned to the real world.

For those of you who would like to find out more, here’s a link to the first chapter and if this starts to pull you in, then the book is available on the shelf in Rush library (or it will be once I’ve returned it!) and also other Fingal Libraries – you can reserve a copy here.

By Aileen Gallagher, Rush Library.