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Fellside

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Jess Moulson is convicted of murder. But it's a murder she can't remember committing. Nothing is quite clear from the drug-fuelled night when a blaze set in Jess' apartment killed the little boy upstairs. But when the media brands her a child killer, she starts to believe it herself.

Now she's on her way to Fellside, the biggest, most formidable women's prison in Europe, standing in the bleak Yorkshire moors.

But Jess won't be alone in her prison cell. Lurking in the shadows is an unexpected visitor...the ghost of the 10-year-old boy she killed. He says he needs her help - and he won't take no for an answer.

©2016 M. R. Carey (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 13/04/2016
    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 13/04/2016 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin

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    "Genre-Hopping Mystery Drama"

    With Fellside M R Carey has attempted something very ambitious. The story genre-hops considerably before settling very much into a paranormal mystery. Imagine Prison Break as a setting for Luke Smitherd’s Physics of the Dead with some meaty courtroom drama popping up along the way and then a full paranormal mystery drama emerging. The plot becomes much more subtle than it first appears which requires considerable scene setting before the momentum builds towards a quite gripping ending.

    Given where the majority of the book is set it’s no surprise that the violence is hard and uncompromising. It’s made even starker by the fact that much of it involves women as either the perpetrators or victims or indeed both!

    I don’t think everyone will be entirely convinced that the whole thing works. There did seem to be an incongruence between some facets of the story. The "fresh" innocence of the ghost did not feel genuinely convincing to me when set against the bleak backdrop of tough characters and their desperate plight. It didn’t quite sit right particularly through the middle of the book.

    The acid test though was passed for me as I cared what happened to these characters, not just Jess, right up until the end. Throughout the book there are some powerful scenes but it’s the last third that really demands attention if you can accept the paranormal premises that are put forwards.

    Finty Williams is a classy narrator and a good story teller. If she struggled with anything it was in not quite being able to carry the threat of the nastier of the characters with full conviction. Other than that she carries off a difficult task with a very enjoyable performance.

    In summary this is a deep book which ambitiously attempts to cover multiple genres. I think it just about pulls it off and the plot contains a number of genuine and in some cases quite subtle surprises. The way it mixes the genres might be unsettling for some but I think it’s well worth investing in.

    35 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Isle of Wight 24/12/2016
    Anne Isle of Wight 24/12/2016 Member Since 2013

    Listening to books allows my imagination to fly.

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    "Challenging to Listen To."

    Loved the 'The Girl With All The Gifts' and looked forward to listening to a different book by this author. My experience when listening, although uncomfortable at times, the story certainly kept my attention going especially with the wonderful voice of Finty Williams. A book that gives you lots of pauses for thought when you are put into the shoes of someone else. There were some faults with the story itself, as it works hard to mix different genres together.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Stevens Grantham 11/11/2016
    Nick Stevens Grantham 11/11/2016
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    "An awesome ghost story"

    It keeps you guessing and has some great visual set pieces. the characters are believable and each emotional experience they go through you feel as if you're there with them.

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    Ace88 12/12/2016
    Ace88 12/12/2016
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    "I story that keeps you guessing"

    Firstly the genre of the book confused me, but the story was engaging, I couldn't stop listening. That also has something to do with the narrator, who I found to be amazing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John St Leonards on Sea, United Kingdom 05/12/2016
    John St Leonards on Sea, United Kingdom 05/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "thoroughly enjoyed throughout"

    great story, good characters, nicely written, nicely read, better than girl with all the gifts. thank you for the entertainment.

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    Mrs 28/10/2016
    Mrs 28/10/2016

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    "Good way to spend some hours"

    Nothing really stands out about this book. It is interesting enough to keep you entertained but it is all rather vanilla. Not a patch on Girl With All The Gifts.

    The story revolves around a female prison involving the usual cliched characters - tough guys, corrupt wardens, gang leaders etc. There is as slight supernatural twist to the story but if you did away with it only a minor re-write would be required to straighten the plot out. The supernatural theme is really just the bait to get you in to the book.

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    Beccameriel London, United Kingdom 25/03/2017
    Beccameriel London, United Kingdom 25/03/2017 Member Since 2011

    Fan of urban fantasy & Victorian gothic especially set in London. Oh, and Georgette Heyer.

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    "Tense and violent supernatural thriller"

    There's lots of different types of story going on here but it's very enjoyable overall. It didn't go where I expected at all although one big reveal is so obvious that I found myself getting a bit irritated with the main protagonist for not figuring it out. In retrospect, we have more information than she does so jt gets a bye.

    Actually not too much graphic violence but I'm not good with sort of thing so there was one bit I to listen to at double speed to lessen the impact.

    I really enjoyed Finty Williams' narration; she has a very natural way of speaking. She doesn't really attempt accents which is fine and far better than doing them distractingly badly.

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    Mr. D. Thompson leeds 17/11/2016
    Mr. D. Thompson leeds 17/11/2016 Member Since 2014

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    "mixed feelings"

    good in parts, but some sections of the book, especially the chapters when they enter the 'other world' didn't do it for me
    interesting bits were the court room scenes and goings on within the prison. the whole, ghost , dream. afterlife felt inaccurately described and poorly thought. not in keeping with the rest of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie5649 Newcastle, UK 26/10/2016
    Bonnie5649 Newcastle, UK 26/10/2016 Member Since 2017

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    "loved it"

    Hooked straight away and all the way to the end. Would recommend. Looking forward to another

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    Robyn 08/06/2016
    Robyn 08/06/2016 Member Since 2017

    I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books. Preferred authors are Sanderson and Abercrombie, with Pacey or Degas as narrator. Happy!

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    "Conflicted"

    I feel conflicted by this book and the need to review it.

    What I enjoyed about the book: it was well written, the narration is good, and the idea is new(ish), or rather, it's a different take on the supernatural world of ghosts than I've previously read.

    What I didn't enjoy: occasionally, the plot was a little tenuous or convenient for the author; it wasn't a very uplifting read/listen.

    I was left feeling a little bit hollow by this book. Just like "Girl with all the Gifts", there is no happy ending where our heroine conquers all. But equally, with this story, what other ending could there be, and still be "realistic"? It's a brutal story, very little positive going on, and the imagery is stark.

    Certainly, it was well written and narrated. And if you're a fan of MR Carey, and/or this genre, then it's worth a punt. I will probably buy the next MR Carey book too, but I'll be sure to have a good, uplifting, humour-filled story standing by to pick me up afterwards.....

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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  • Waldo
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    27/08/17
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    "Took me a while to get into it..."

    ...but once it gripped, Fellside never let go again. This is one of those books that you simply can't forget.

    Definitely not more of The Girl with all the Gifts, even though Fellside shares a narrator with that book. But more than enough thought-provoking ideas. The characters are vivid, without being too detailed, and overall the book felt like a truly satisfying story.

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  • Ritsuko
    11/03/17
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    "Finty Williams is superb"

    I originally got this book because the collaboration of Williams and M R Carey in The Girl with All the Gifts was fantastic. The suspense made me stop whatever I was doing.

    In Fellside Williams's voice was equally captivating. My mind wandered at some of the "dark side" descriptions that just seemed to go on... but overall the story was fascinating and I loved all the characters.

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