Synopsis – Fellside is a maximum-security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors is a place where the walls whisper and where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life. But one voice belongs to a little boy with a message for Jess. Will she listen?
Author – M. R. Carey
Fellside isn’t the ghostly tale I was expecting and if I was being entirely truthful, it’s not really a horror. Instead, it’s more of a paranormal mystery with touches of crime-thriller, all mixed up together by the wonderful mind of Carey.
What makes the story so strong is the way Carey managed to turn so many of the unsympathetic characters into sympathetic souls. In fact, this took me by somewhat of a surprise given that the first few chapters of Fellside had me believing this was going to be just another book where the prison guards, healthcare professionals and other authority figures were portrayed as corrupt and/or incompetent, something lesser authors uses as an easy way to introduce antagonists and/or obstacles that need to be overcome, but Carey is simply implanting these things in our mind, only to pull the rug out from under the reader, developing these characters motivations and showing them to be more than cogs in a machine.
The same can be said for the principal character of Jess, who it must be said, took some time to grow on me. After all, it is hard to sympathize with someone who is hell-set on killing herself and it doesn’t do much to further the plot when she spends more of that time in bed on a hunger strike. This, however, soon changed as she sets about finding redemption for the issues of her past and discovering the truth of what happened the night of the fire. At this point, I was hooked.
“The universe was a badly written soap opera where every plot twist strained credibility just that little bit further.”
― M.R. Carey, Fellside
Fellside is really intended to be scary and that might disappoint some readers, but if you’re willing to overlook this fact, you will discover a story filled with great conflict and tension, a very robust plot and memorable characters.