Fellside

  • by M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by Finty Williams
  • 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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.
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- Simon

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.
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- Anne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-04-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK