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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  12,594 ratings  ·  1,935 reviews
Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors. It's not the kind of place you'd want to end up. But it's where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life.

It's a place where even the walls whisper.

And one voice belongs to a little boy with a message for Jess.

Will she listen?
Hardcover, 486 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Orbit (first published April 4th 2016)
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Qamra I feel the same. It such an ordinary story. I _loved_ The Girl With All the Gifts. This one does not have the same drive.
Martin I loved his previous 'The Girl ...' which is why I impulsively leapt in and purchased Fellside. I'm about 150 pages in and, for me, it's gone from tor…moreI loved his previous 'The Girl ...' which is why I impulsively leapt in and purchased Fellside. I'm about 150 pages in and, for me, it's gone from torpid and rudderless to, well, somewhat less of the same. His writing though excels and certain sentences resonate and grab.

So far though I can't agree with Malak. Where's the, at least, relatively conventional mystery? Certainly hasn't thrilled me yet. Attempting to apply a genre says somethig problematic IMHO.(less)

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congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best horror category 2016!

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orange is the new black… with ghosties!*

man, m.r. carey can write a book. but can i write a review? i'm a little gun-shy, since it seems fans of m.r. carey are people who don't like to know what books are about, and would rather have all book reviews everywhere be reduced to thumbs-up or -down emojis.

i keeed, but i'm not looking for any kerfuffles this time, you hear?

this book takes place in a prison. says so on the back
4.5 *

Fellside is not really a horror story, in my opinion. It's more of a ghost story with horrific elements. Whatever the genre in which it's classified, it's a damn fine book!

Jess is a heroin addict who was badly burned in a fire; a fire in which a young boy was killed. This story begins when Jess wakes up in the hospital and discovers what happened. She is held responsible for the death of the boy, and ends up in prison. I can't tell you anything else about the plot because I believe the rea
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Always Pouting
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book because of the question it raises about ethics and how responsible is Karen really for what happens to Alex and the whole prison reform thing has been coming up a lot lately but it's not only that I really liked the way she brought all the different strands of the story together. I'm honestly such a sucker for story lines where everything some how comes back together and so I really enjoyed the way things unfolded. I think Carey did such a good job building the anticip ...more
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My initial feelings of interest petered out and by the end, I was left ambivalent.

Carey's writing is punchy and fun, easily the best part of the book. The premise here mixed mystery with the supernatural, one of my favourite styles, but it failed to keep the pacing necessary to maintain my interest. Seemingly long periods of time in the dreamscape/afterlife were hard going and not always relevant.

The finale kicked it all back up again, but I found myself shrugging as I thought about the review
Althea Ann
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
After 'The Girl With All the Gifts' this was a highly anticipated release. Like that book, it's very compellingly written - early on in the book, I said to myself, "Well, I think it doesn't really matter WHAT Carey's writing about, if he writes it, I will enjoy reading it."

Admittedly, the topic/setting here is not as 'up my alley' as 'The Girl With All the Gifts' is. I love weird futuristic dystopias to death, and while I also enjoy ghost stories, this leans more towards 'contemporary British pr
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

After the brilliant novel that was The Girl with All the Gifts, I swore to myself I would read anything else M.R. Carey writes. Not long after, I was practically beside myself when I found out he was going to be writing a ghost story.

Turns out, Fellside is a very different kind of ghostly tale, and not exactly in the horror vein. Instead, it’s a little bit of mystery, a little bit of paranormal, and even a little bit of co
Krystin Rachel
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I was really interested in reading this, but once I cracked this baby open my interest quickly petered out, giving way to an overall feeling of not really giving a shit mixed with annoyance and yawning.

Jess has been given heavy prison time for deliberately starting a house fire that not only destroyed her face and injured her asshole heroin addict boyfriend, but also killed a 10-year-old boy named Alex. Jess essentially martyrs herself, accepting her punishment with a hea
Liz Barnsley
Fellside then. One of my most anticipated for 2016, even given that Mr Carey had the probably intense pressure of following up his incredible previous novel “The Girl with All The Gifts” a book I still throw at people now, so madly did I feel that one at a time I needed a reminder of why I read.

So did Fellside live up to my hope and expectation? Oh yes and then some but I would caution that the two novels are entirely different entities when it comes to the storytelling. Both brilliant in their
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
No matter how many times people told me this had nothing to do with The Girl with All the Gifts, I found myself still scouring the book for signs that it could be connected. Silly me. I failed.

But that doesn't mean that this wasn't a good tale! On the contrary, it might be a must read if you like to learn to like characters that you normally wouldn't give a fig about. Specifically, a woman who is self-destructive enough that she wouldn't even work on her own defence at her trial, who has, off an
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book for review; however, all opinions expressed in this review are my own.

First, let me say that you should be aware that I’m going to try very hard to make this review no more harsh than this book deserves, based on its own merits. But in order to do this, I have to get a few things out of the way first.

I was insanely excited to read this book. Like, seriously. Insane.

I read The Girl with All the Gifts in one sitting and was drool
Laurie  |  LOHF
Once again I am disappointed due to my own stupidity. For some reason (not reading the blurb, perhaps?), I assumed that this novel was set in the same world as The Girl with All the Gifts. It was not. There is no zombie plague here, if that’s what you were hoping for. But I'm probably the only dummy who didn't read the blurb.

Jess is a heroin addict who is sent to Fellside Prison after an unfortunate event ends with a child’s death. Jess has no recollection of his death but is filled with remorse
Bill Kupersmith
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Heroin addict Jessica Moulson receives a life tariff for starting a fire that causes the death of a small boy. She had no intention of harming the boy Alex - didn’t know that he was even in the building. But the prosecution claimed that she did intend to kill her fellow addict boyfriend & she was convicted on his testimony, which legally makes her a child killer. At 1st sight that seems unfair, but when you think about it, it makes sense. Suppose I’m in the zebra crossing along with your ex, who ...more
Zuky the BookBum
After reading The Hungries series by M. R. Carey, I pushed Fellside to the top of my TBR list because I absolutely loved that duology and has high hopes for this novel too. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to expectations, and I’ve seen plenty of others say they felt the same thing about this.

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
Julia Ash
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found Fellside hauntingly intriguing. The inner workings and corruptions of a maximum security prison were believable (a corruption/drug/sex ring was recently exposed at a MD prison). Protagonist Jess is not the typical heroine, yet I liked following her emotional and tortured journey. The varied storylines were engaging - all of them! In terms of scenes, I particularly liked the appeal trial - excellent. And Devlin the Devil and sidekick Grace were fascinatingly evil.

M.R. Carey is an excelle
Apr 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, horror

Overall I was disappointed with this one. The Girl with all the Gifts blew me away and I was so impressed with it that I became a pusher and got loads of friends and family to read it. As soon as I saw that this was available on NetGalley I dusted off my account details and requested away. After a couple of days waiting (you old tease NetGalley) I was approved and ready to get going with it. Then I read some less than flattering reviews about it and it stopped me dead in my tracks. I waited
Jess Moulson has been sentenced to prison after being convicted of setting a fire that not only left her face destroyed and her boyfriend injured but unintentionally killed a young boy named Alex. The problem is, she doesn’t remember setting the fire, but she quickly begins to believe herself capable what with all the evidence stacked against her. Resigned to her fate she beings her life in Fellside, a prison deep in the moors of Yorkshire, knowing she won’t have to suffer for long after she beg ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
A hard book to classify/shelve. M.R. Carey is an excellent writer, and draws you into a book, which seems like a classic who dunnit. Jess Moulson is on trial for murder when a young boy dies in a fire, supposedly caused by her carelessness when she was shooting heroin. Convinced of her own duplicity by the evidence and testimony of her own boyfriend, she is sent to Fellside Prison in the British moors, where she commences a hunger strike. However, she is visited by the ghost of the murder boy (A ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mike Carey has a real genius for making me care about characters that I don't want to care about. No matter how unprincipled or corrupt they are, no matter how destructive their decisions, no matter how foreordained their fates, I end up empathizing with them despite myself. In Fellside, he exploits this talent more ruthlessly than ever before.

Fellside is a very different book than anything else I've read by Carey. Yes, like 90% of his other books, it involves ghosts. Yes, like several of his m
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018

this was fine. i feel like i can't give it any higher of a rating just because of how much it dragged for me and i had to FORCE myself to speed through to the end just cause i was not into it that much. but it was a decent enough story and the second half was definitely better than the first. i would say its too long of a book 1, and it focused way too much on the more boring elements (the prison, the main character going on hunger strike for a while, doctors i didn't care about) and
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review from Tenacious Reader:

Fellside is haunting and unique and at times, quite grim. Once I was hooked, I was firmly hooked. Our introduction to the protagonist is memorable and it takes a little time for both her and for us the readers to piece together the story of what brought her to that initial scene in the book. Turns out, our protagonist is actually a heroin addict. A horrible fire destroyed her apartment complex, killing a young boy. The last th
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

A well done prison drama, with a little bit of a supernatural/ghost theme as well. Sort of 'Orange is the New Black' (but better) mixed with 'The Sixth Sense'. The prison drama does follow well-worn themes, but it is well done enough to still be interesting, and overall the writing is good.

If I was going to criticise, it would be that the 'mystery' or 'twists' were fairly predictable.
Firstly, it was pretty obvious that (view spoiler)
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Well, this was incredibly disappointing.

After the absolutely astonishing book that was The Girl With All The Gifts, I expected something just as amazing from M.R. Carey the second time round. Sadly, it was not to be.

I wouldn’t call this horror, not in the same way that The Girl With All The Gifts was. It’s more paranormal, but it’s also just very odd. Jess Moulson finds herself in prison after a fire, a fire that she apparently caused whilst high. When Jess fin
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars. This is one dark, screwed up book.

I picked up Fellside because I really enjoyed Carey's zombie thriller, The Girl with All the Gifts. I love his gritty writing and complicated plots, but most of all his ability to zero in on nasty, tough characters who have been through hell and are hardened by their circumstances. In The Girl with All the Gifts, we followed a schoolteacher, a military sergeant, and a child zombie. In this book, we meet drug addict, Jess, who has just been convicted
lark benobi
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This novel is rollicking nonsense that unravels in every direction at once. It's very enjoyable to read, though, no matter how many loose threads it leaves in the end. Part ghost story, part desperate-women-behind-bars story, part perry-mason-like courtroom drama, part love story...and many other moving parts, too, all in a jumble, and let's not forget the protagonist who goes off on her own adventure eventually and leaves the story to carry on without her, and even though nothing makes sense in ...more
I picked this book up last year because I'd read and liked two of Carey's other books, and the cover is freakin' gorgeous and I loved the concept of a creepy prison. All wins in my book. So,when I had the chance to select the BOTM for one of my groups (because it's my birthday this month!!) I chose this.

And then it kinda flopped in the group. SIGH. That's OK though. It's not really as advertised, this book. Midway through, I wasn't sure how I was feeling about it, and was about thisclose to DNF
SheriC (PM)
The most fascinating thing about this book is the portrait of a secondary character, a nurse who joined the profession from a desire to help others. Starting with a struggle between duty and a legitimate anger over the crimes she believes were committed against a child, she gradually desensitizes herself to acts of negligence and violence that her self-righteousness allows her to justify, until there is little to distinguish her from the convicted felons that she tries to punish.

The main story w
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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3.75 ⭐️
Mr Carey's books make me think and reevaluate my life and my decisions.
Fellside deals with alot of deep, dark topics and he wrote it so well. I enjoyed all the characters they were well developed and just fun. Fellside itself haunts me. All the people we meet inside Fellside (the institute) whether we met them briefly or over chapters were developed and somehow within a few sentences I knew the character as if they were there from the start.
I dont know how to explain this book, it was
Jenna Bookish
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
(3.5 stars, rounded up to 4)

“It’s a strange thing to wake up not knowing who you are.”

Jess Moulsen, our protagonist, wakes up in the hospital unable to remember what has landed her there. A niggling sense of dread turns to terror when she’s told she’s done something awful: in a drugged haze, she started a fire in her apartment complex which ended up killing someone. As soon as she’s recovered enough from her injuries, she will need to stand trial for murder. Fellside is imbued with tension from
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Mike Carey is the acclaimed writer of Lucifer and Hellblazer (now filmed as Constantine). He has recently completed a comics adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, and is the current writer on Marvel's X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four. He has also written the screenplay for a movie, Frost Flowers, which is soon to be produced by Hadaly Films and Bluestar Pictures.

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