Book Review: The Book of Accidents

07.20.2021 | Del Rey Books
Rating: 5/5 stars


Long ago, Nathan lived in a house in the country with his abusive father. He’s 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. She’s trying to remember the lost trauma by creating haunting sculptures. Long ago, something sinister, something hungry, walked in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of Nate and Maddie Graves’ new hometown in rural Pennsylvania. Their son Oliver meets a strange boy who becomes his best friend, a boy with secrets of his own and a taste for dark magic. The dark magic puts the Graves family at the heart of a battle of good versus evil and a fight for the soul of their family.

THE BOOK OF ACCIDENTS is my first book by Chuck Wendig and I was absolutely blown away by his writing and story creation. From the moment I picked this book up I was drawn to the Graves family. Wendig gives each of them an interesting backstory and a large part to play in the progress of this story. They’re individually a realistic example of people with struggles in their lives and together as a family unit their bond shines through the pages. 

While I was caught up loving the characters I almost didn’t realize the strange mystery that was building around them. Things start subtle and quickly ramp up to a level that begs the reader to keep reading. I greatly appreciate that Wendig kept the chapters relatively short throughout, which helped this chunky book feel like a breeze to make progress in. 

I’m always weary when I get to the end of a story I’ve fallen in love with and I worry that I’ll hate where the author chooses to end things. THE BOOK OF ACCIDENTS ends at the perfect moment with most of the story tied up neatly while also allowing the reader to make their own predictions for the future of the Graves family. 

50 States of Horror Challenge: Pennsylvania

This book is available to buy from: Amazon Book Depository

Disclosure: What Jess Reads is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to This in no way influences my opinion of the above book.

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