Hey hey, friends! I’m back with a fun review of a Stephen King-esque book to review. I’m behind and slacking on all things blog and NetGalley, but I’m trying to get back at it. I’m super excited to tell you about The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig and share my review.
I’m one of those crazies who starts decorating for Fall and Halloween the first of September. I absolutely might have decorated super early this year, but I did wait til September to start reading spooky books. Luckily I have quite a few spookies on my NetGalley backlog, and this was top of my list. I’d read, and loved, Chuck Wendig’s previous book The Wanderers so I was sure I’d love this book.
Long ago, Nathan lived in a house in the country with his abusive father—and has never told his family what happened there.
Long ago, Maddie was a little girl making dolls in her bedroom when she saw something she shouldn’t have—and is trying to remember that lost trauma by making haunting sculptures.
Long ago, something sinister, something hungry, walked in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of their hometown in rural Pennsylvania.
Now, Nate and Maddie Graves are married, and they have moved back to their hometown with their son, Oliver.
And now what happened long ago is happening again . . . and it is happening to Oliver. He meets a strange boy who becomes his best friend, a boy with secrets of his own and a taste for dark magic.
This dark magic puts them at the heart of a battle of good versus evil and a fight for the soul of the family—and perhaps for all of the world. But the Graves family has a secret weapon in this battle: their love for one another.
My Review – 4/5 stars
There was something about this book that was spellbinding in a way. At first I thought it was just slow to get into, but there was something that kept compelling me to keep reading. Chuck Wendig has a way of craftily leaving the most delicate trail of bread crumbs for his readers to follow. Occasionally rewarding them with something big, and then leading them back to the trail. I am awed with the story he’s woven here, not quite dark fantasy and not quite scifi but the most delicious blend of both. The characters were incredibly well written, and the world(s) he crafted are something out of Lovecraft’s nightmares. I would definitely recommend this to lovers of Stephen King, and of books that really make you think and pay attention to detail. So, If you’re just looking for an easy to follow, scare me book then keep going. This is a story that you have to take your time unwrapping to really get to the sweet stuff. What an insanely wild ride, and I’m so glad I stuck with it!
Thanks for taking the time to read my review! I hope this helps you determine if it’s a book you’ll want to read or not. If you’re a fan of Spooky Season let me know what’s on your TBR! I’ve been letting my mood determine what I read lately and have been successful with that method, so no predetermined TBR for me. I did go through and pull all the witchy, vampire, werewolf, supernatural and horror books from my shelves and filled my TBR cart. This way I can easily browse and pick my next read. I’ll be back soon with more reviews and juicy bits!
Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!!