Monday, January 2, 2023

Book Review: No Accident by Laura Bates


No matter how you try to hide it, the truth will always come out . . .

When a small plane crash ends with a group of seven teens washed up on a deserted island, their first thought is survival. With supplies dwindling and the fear of being stranded forever becoming more of a reality, they quickly discover that being the most popular kid in high school doesn't help when you're fighting to stay alive.

And when strange and terrifying accidents start to occur all around them, the group realizes that they are being targeted by someone who was on the plane and that the island isn't their only danger. A terrible secret from a party the night before the flight has followed them ashore--and it's clear that someone is looking for justice. Now survival depends on facing the truth about that party: who was hurt that night, and who let it happen?


I had visions of Lord Of The Flies when I read the summary that seven teenagers were stranded on an island after a plane crash, but let's face it, nothing can quite compare to that book.

The first part of the book focuses on their will to survive, but it soon turns into a mystery as accidents begin to happen and a mystery unfolds.

The story is told to us by Haley, who is more of a storyteller slash observer than an actual character in the events of the story.

The story has a big build-up throughout most of the first half. This helps propel you through the pages and makes the book a very quick read. You feel the anticipation of something coming, however, even with all the build-up I found the ending to be a bit rushed and would have liked it to play out a bit more.

I had mixed feelings about the book, I felt it was very predictable and the characters were all a bit cliche. There were several triggering aspects to the story, such as rape and toxic male behavior, so if you are bothered by that kind of thing, use caution while reading. I do think the author used the book as a platform for getting a point across about several important issues, and at times I felt preached at, but for the most part, I think she did a good job. 

I won't lie, I read this quickly, and there were parts I enjoyed and parts I just forced my way through, but all in all, it was pretty good.



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