I recently picked this one up to try and get me in the mood for Halloween without reading a fully-blown horror story, as it sounded creepy and intrigued me from the offset. I found it to be more mysterious than scary, but with it still fitting the October mood which I wanted. And overall - I enjoyed it, but didn't love it.
The book tells the story of a family who, every October, become extremely accident prone and face many tragedies. Simply the concept of this drew me in, with the reasons behind their misfortunate hidden deep within the story. I loved how mysterious it all was, especially as things slowly began to unfold as the book went on. I really liked how so many different plots seemed to come together so effortlessly easy. I also enjoyed watching as all the characters secrets, and hidden aspects of their lives unfolded, with nothing really being what it seemed.
But, one thing that did annoy me slightly towards the end of the book was the confusion around some of the actual answers, with a few being given in a brief or mysterious way. I also wasn't too keen on the flashbacks that were in between the chapters as I just didn't find much need for them, and honestly they just gave away too many clues to some of the mysteries we had to uncover.
Another thing that I liked was the fast paced writing style, this making the book very easy to get through and harder to put down. However, I did sometimes find that it meant that some scenes were brushed over very quickly, with some parts progressing extremely quickly. But, nonetheless, I did enjoy the writing style, even if I did sometimes want things to slow down just slightly.
Many of the sub-plots in this book were quite dark and most were quite deep and sometimes controversial topics. I personally really liked how this added to the story, as it made the story seem so much more real as it gave a sense of reality to a book which otherwise was based around a mysterious and supernatural storyline. It gave the characters more individuality as they had all had their own problem to overcome through the book.
Character(s): Alice and Sam
Scene(s): Alice, Sam, Bea and Cara decorating the abandoned house
Quote(s): Accidents happen. Our bones shatter, our skin splits, our hearts break. We burn, we drown, we stay alive.
Song(s): Daniel in the Den - Bastille
Other Book(s): We Were Liars by E. Lockhart