The Book of Accidents

Del Rey: Ballantine. Jul. 2021. 544p. ISBN 9780399182136. $28.99. HORROR
How do we cope with a world damaged beyond repair? Do we abandon it in hopes that a new world fares better? Or do we fight for what’s good beneath the wounds and scars? Nate and Maddie Graves reluctantly return to their hometown, in the hopes of giving their son Oliver an opportunity to start over. Nate and Maddie are chased by their dark pasts, and that darkness is seemingly pursuing Oliver too. Thankfully, Oliver’s new friend Jake seems poised to protect him. But Jake has secrets and some darkness of his own. Wendig’s (Wanderers) latest is a bold, impressive novel with fierce intelligence and a generous, thrumming heart; this is the author writing at the height of his powers. It’s intimate and panoramic. It’s humane and magical. It’s a world-hopping, time-jumping ride that packs a deep emotional punch.
VERDICT Wendig blends horror, fantasy, and small-town family drama in an ambitious epic that spans both a multitude of worlds and the interior expanse of the human heart. This one’s essential.
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