Review: The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig

Author: Chuck Wendig
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Released: July 20th, 2021
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Abuse, kidnapping, alcoholism, mental health

3 1/2 kitties

Chuck Wendig is here with another paranormal thriller, and I am all sorts of here for it. The Book of Accidents is one of those books that I had been counting down the days for, and I am glad to have finally found the time to sit down and read it.

The past sets the tone for the present, even when we’re unaware of it happening. For example, Nathan lived in a country house, where he witnessed a secret he’ll never speak of. Meanwhile, Maddie used to be a little girl who likewise was witness to a dark secret.

Now, these two people have found one another, and the result is their son, Oliver. Only, the shared horrors they’ve witnessed are rising back up, reaching into the present, and going straight towards Oliver.

“Books were usually a way for her to power her own brain down and borrow someone else’s for a while.”

What makes The Book of Accidents a standout novel is the way Chuck Wendig tackles different types of horror. There is no single ‘big bad’ in this book, but rather several disturbing and horrifying sequences that merge together into one tale.

To say that it was spine-tingling wouldn’t do it justice. Here the mundane and the paranormal combine into one, and somehow that in combination with Wendig’s writing makes it feel almost too real. Too horrible.

While many different elements are dancing throughout this book, overall, there’s a more gothic vibe to the story at hand. It makes The Book of Accidents feel more cohesive, which I very much appreciated.

I should probably mention that this book may not be for the faint of heart, especially not as it delves into the horrors that can spring from the human mind. These are the parts that frequently feel too real, all while blurring the lines between truth and fiction.

The Book of Accidents is absolutely a novel that horror fans will love, as will many thriller fans, I believe. Yet it is also a novel that is very different from both, and I kept help but appreciate that more than anything else.

Thanks to Del Rey Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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