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Fellside Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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―Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot &Ruin and Kill Switch on Fellside
"The author of The Girl With All The Gifts delivers another gripping story."
―The Columbus Dispatch on Fellside
"I read Fellside in a couple of days . . . I was absolutely nuts about it."―Book Riot on Fellside
- Publisher : Orbit; 1st Edition (April 5, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316300284
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316300285
- Item Weight : 1.5 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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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!
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.
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.