Review: The Book of Accidents

The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genre: Thriller


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.


Nathan grew up with an abusive father and never spoke much about this time to his family. Maddie had her own childhood trauma to also deal with. They marry and move back home with their son Oliver. Oliver meets a new friend and strange things start happening. This book is creepy and dark. It leaves you uneasy with a sense of dread. It’s a pretty long book and most of it was gripping but the end just lost it for me. The story got pretty complex and confusing. It was just too much. That definitely lowered my rating.


I know there are a lot of horror fans on Goodreads that loved this one so check it out if that’s your thing! This one to me just missed the mark.


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