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Fellside Kindle Edition
A haunting and heart-breaking new thriller from the author of the word-of-mouth bestseller The Girl With All the Gifts
Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. It's not the kind of place you'd want to end up. But it's where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life.
It's a place where even the walls whisper.
And one voice belongs to a little boy with a message for Jess.
Will she listen?
Discover M. R. Carey's powerful new novel - a chillingly atmospheric tale filled with tension, action and emotion that's set to take the world by storm.
Praise for M. R. Carey:
'An intense, haunting thriller with heart. You will not want to put this down - Laini Taylor, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
'Original, thrilling and powerful' - Guardian
'Haunting, heartbreaking' - Vogue
'As fresh as it is terrifying . . . a jewel' - Joss Whedon
A fantastic, twist-upon-twist, shape-shifting novel. Gripping, deeply affecting and arrestingly beautiful, it is a haunting tale of raw horror and extraordinary redemption. I adored every page ― Miranda Dickinson, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author on FELLSIDE
A dark, intriguing read ― Martina Cole on FELLSIDE
[A] grand piece of storytelling ― SUNDAY EXPRESS on FELLSIDE
A twisty crime thriller as well as an exotic ghost story, Carey's second novel is as hard to categorize as it is to put down ― BARNES AND NOBLE on FELLSIDE
Combines a fast-paced plot with a supernatural storyline that's very believable. Gripping stuff ― GOOD HOUSEKEEPING on FELLSIDE
As brilliant as it is dark and devious ― Jonathan Maberry, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author on FELLSIDE
This eerie tale is sure to hook crime fiction and horror lovers ― LIBRARY JOURNAL on FELLSIDE
FELLSIDE builds to a climax that's both satisfyingly worked out and shockingly emotionally intense ― RT BOOK REVIEWS on FELLSIDE
As bold and hauntingly evocative as I expected ― BIBLIOSANCTUM on FELLSIDE
The next fantastic novel from M.R. Carey ― I09.COM on FELLSIDE
Dark [and] suspenseful ― BOOKLIST on FELLSIDE
I read [FELLSIDE] in a couple of days... I was absolutely nuts about it ― BOOK RIOT on FELLSIDE
As fresh as it is terrifying . . . A jewel ― Joss Whedon on THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
Original, thrilling and powerful ― GUARDIAN on THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
Takes hold of you and doesn't let go ― John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN on THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
This supernatural fantasy reads like a marriage between Stephen King and Charles De Lint, with a touch of Orange Is The New Black ― NPR’s Best Books of 2016 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B010PIFDXA
- Publisher : Orbit; 1st edition (7 April 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 2715 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 495 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 186,320 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Wracked with guilt, she sets out to starve herself to death. As Jess edges close to death, she hears voices. And one of those voices seems to be Alex’s, with a special message for Jess. I’ll stop right there, otherwise there’ll be no mystery left in the story.
Mr Carey combines elements of the supernatural (or perhaps paranormal) with the unpleasant reality that is life in Fellside. A very different story from ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’, but just as unsettling.
There have been a number of best selling novels in the last few years which have as their central premise a young woman who has suffered memory loss. Jess Moulson is yet another young woman in the unfortunate position of having her life dramatically affected by amnesia. The story opens with Jess regaining consciousness in a hospital bed, handcuffed to the bed, being treated for serious burns, smoke inhalation. Gradually she remembers that she was involved in a fire in her flat that led to the death of a ten year old boy who lived in the flat upstairs. Jess is a drug addict and has vague recollection that she set the fire for reasons that she can't quite recall. By page 25 she has been found guilty of murder, the subject of the most awful press coverage, and sentenced to Fellside. Her court appointed lawyer is doubtful that the full and factual story has come out but can't get Jess to see sense, her guilt at the death of young Alex completely overwhelming her.
So life in prison begins. Not a bed of roses. Now, I am not a fan of supernatural or fantasy fiction, I really just do not get it. But very cleverly the author who, under a pen name has written for Marvel comics and writes his own graphic fiction, introduces what can only be called a ghost character - a young boy who comes to Jess in her sleep, in her dreams, taking her with him to his world. She is convinced this is the spirit of Alex, and gradually realises that he is helping her to see what really happened the night of the fire. And so the mystery of Alex's death begins to be solved.
But it is definitely creepy, weird and unsettling. At the same time as Jess is moving between the real world and the spirit world, she has to adapt to prison life in all its ruthlessness, cruelty, bent prison officers, and survival of the fittest code. It is pretty grim. What was interesting and did help to soften the brutality was the back stories of the prisoners and how they came to be in Fellside, including Jess's own story. As awful as they all are, terrible things happened to the women that led them to prison, so it is hardly surprising the terror continues.
At nearly 500 pages, already one can see that there is lot going on in this novel. It is tricky to define what sort of novel it is - a psychological thriller? murder mystery? supernatural? fantasy? horror? At times it does wobble, and for me, I did lose my way with all the wanderings Jess and Alex's spirit do in the pursuit of justice. But living in such a prison environment, wouldn't you too want to escape to inside your head?
If you get past all the spooky action, then this is actually quite a riveting story. Life in the prison is graphically depicted, all the characters are very well drawn with great depth, there are lots of twists in the plot and surprises. And in the end, justice is served.
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From the synopsis, I thought this book was going to be a creepy paranormal tale of a prison haunted by spirits but it’s not that at all. Without giving too much away, this is a story about one woman’s grief and finding peace within herself through the means of a spirit she sees.
This whole book is set within a prison, so there is a mix of classic prison characters in this book, like the distant but friendly cell mate, the top-dog prison inmate who runs everything from the inside, the corrupt prison officer and the psychiatrist. There was really nothing new when it came to the characters in this book. They were all deeply flawed and had incredible background building but that’s as far as my admiration for them goes. I feel disconnected to all of them on some level.
The plot of this book follows our main character Jess, who has been accused of murder. She is haunted by the vision of the little boy she accidentally killed by setting fire to her apartment and is desperately sure she is not guilty of what she has been accused. I found the story in this one a little bland, despite the high page count. There was plenty going on but none of it was really that interesting to me. If it hadn’t been for the fact that I read this as part of 25 in 5, I definitely wouldn’t have finished this book in the space of a day.
I did like some of the imagery in this novel. When Jess steps into the sleep world, the place where this spirit lives, I loved the way M. R. Carey described it! You know that scene in (original) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where they go into the TV and there’s all those tiny little particles up in the air? It was just like that only slightly creepier. Plus, I say this book didn’t creep me out but there was one moment at the start of the book where Jess is bed-bound and she feels a presence behind the head of her bed that definitely did give me goosebumps, but that’s as far as it went for me.
I did also enjoy the way that this book comes together at the end. There are a lot of stories that run alongside each other in this novel and it was interesting to see how they all concluded. That’s one thing Carey did very well at in this story, and that was tying up all the loose ends. This turned out to be a very emotional book in the end, which I wasn’t expecting at all!
Overall this book was just a ‘meh’ book for me. I just don’t think I click with fiction set in prisons as I’ve neither really enjoyed ‘Orange is the New Black’ or another book I read based in a prison recently ‘The Captives’. If you’re looking for a slow, gently disturbing read that’s full to the brim with characters and emotion, this may very well work for you!
But this, this is something else. Fellside is class. It is a lesson in writing with the heart.
I'm not sure whether you'd consider this to be a ghost story wrapped inside a crime tale, or a crime story with a ghost. It doesn't really matter, and most ghost stories are heavy on the whodunit anyway. What sets Fellside apart is the emotion of the writing, the honesty r bravery of the story.
long after you have finished the book. The story starts out as a tragedy of a life gone wrong through substance misuse you really feel for Moulson and also feel angry at her.
I didn’t expect it to turn into a supernatural thriller but it does and what else would you get from an M.R Carey book?.
I find that M.R Carey’s endings are rushed a little and it’s a bit like he is so involved with the plot he doesn’t think about how to end it. However I truly enjoyed it even though there are some flaws in the application of medicine and medical law (IV tramadol straight into a vein without a cannula hmm I think not!!). However it’s a good read and I was sorry the book ended.