- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (April 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316300284
- ISBN-13: 978-0316300285
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 160 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fellside Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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Jess Moulson wanders in very dark places in this overwrought contemporary thriller from Carey (The Girl with All the Gifts). She doesn't remember the incident that leads to her trial for the murder of 10-year-old Alex Beech, because she was on heroin when she set afire the photos from her ongoing toxic relationship. She doesn't remember escalating to burning down her entire London apartment in an attempt to kill her boyfriend, but Alex, an upstairs neighbor, died in the blaze. Jess is sentenced to Fellside Prison, where she must wrestle with the question of her own culpability, try not to get tangled in the prison's internal drug business intrigues, and, unexpectedly, find that Alex, or what's left of him, may still have a job for her to do. Carey sustains an interesting concept at a high pitch of suspense until nearly the end, when the book implodes into melodrama as the plot becomes completely implausible. The denouement is the novel's lowest point, but the path to get there is taut, tense, and unusual. (Apr.)\n
"Fellside is as brilliant as it is dark and devious. M.R. Carey is either deranged or brilliant--or both. Hopefully, both."
―Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and Kill Switch on Fellside
"An intense, haunting thriller with heart. You will not want to put this down."―Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Daughter of Smoke & Bone on Fellside
"A dark, intriguing read."―Martina Cole, author of Get Even on Fellside
"This eerie tale is sure to hook crime fiction and horror lovers."―Library Journal 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
"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
"The author of The Girl With All The Gifts delivers another gripping story."
―The Columbus Dispatch on Fellside
"Dark [and] suspenseful."―Booklist on Fellside
"[A] grand piece of storytelling."―Sunday Express on Fellside
"I read Fellside in a couple of days . . . I was absolutely nuts about it."―Book Riot on Fellside
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Well-written, this story pulled me along and I didn't want to put it down. I read it way too late into the night and neglected my chores to read this book. It was well worth wearing things from the back of my closet. Time well spent.
Like many other reviewers, Fellside, for me, is a bit hard to describe. I liked it more than I disliked it though, which is the reason for 4 stars.
The basic premise is that Jess, a heroin addict, accidentally kills a boy in a fire. She winds up in jail, where her life intertwines with the inmates in unexpected ways.
I would not classify this book as horror at all, as I never really felt that anything truly frightening was going on. I would say it's more of a suspense novel with some supernatural elements. Unlike others, I did not actually view the "twist" with any surprise, having figured it out fairly early in the novel (the author leaves plenty of clues).
The writing is solid, and overall the book moves at a decent pace. It does slow down in a few areas and could have used some slight editing, but it wasn't anything too hard to get past. The tone is completely different from The Girl With All The Gifts, which I didn't view as a bad thing, but if you're looking for more of that style of novel, you will probably be disappointed.
Overall, I liked this book and look forward to more from this author. Only the slightly slow pacing in some areas caused me to knock it down to 4 stars.
As I still haven't found time to watch Orange is the New Black I can't comment on any similarities but I'm pretty sure there are some basic, stereotypical people found in prison. At least these ones had back stories and were three dimensional. Really enjoyed the mystery and while the reveal wasn't a complete surprise the ending was. I'm amazed at how different this book was from the author's last book, and how well the character's perspectives were written.