- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (7 April 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0356503585
- ISBN-13: 978-0356503585
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 4.4 x 16.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fellside Hardcover – 7 Apr 2016
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An intense, haunting thriller with heart. You will not want to put this down (Laini Taylor, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author on FELLSIDE)
A fantastic, twist-upon-twist, shape-shifting novel. Gripping, deeply affecting and arrestingly beautiful, it is a haunting tale of raw horror and extraordinary redemption. I adored every page (Miranda Dickinson, SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author on FELLSIDE)
A dark, intriguing read (Martina Cole on FELLSIDE)
[A] grand piece of storytelling (SUNDAY EXPRESS on FELLSIDE)
Incredibly creepy (HEAT on FELLSIDE)
A twisty crime thriller as well as an exotic ghost story, Carey's second novel is as hard to categorize as it is to put down (BARNES AND NOBLE on FELLSIDE)
Combines a fast-paced plot with a supernatural storyline that's very believable. Gripping stuff (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING on FELLSIDE)
As brilliant as it is dark and devious (Jonathan Maberry, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author on FELLSIDE)
This eerie tale is sure to hook crime fiction and horror lovers (LIBRARY JOURNAL on FELLSIDE)
FELLSIDE builds to a climax that's both satisfyingly worked out and shockingly emotionally intense (RT BOOK REVIEWS on FELLSIDE)
From the author of the word-of-mouth bestseller The Girl With All the Gifts comes a haunting and heart-breaking new thrillerSee all Product description
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My best friend recced me this book which means I put a lot of pressure on myself to like it, which did not help me actually read it. (Hi Kira I know you said it doesn't matter if I don't like it but it mattered too me so shhh)
The first twenty percent of this book I was so certain it was going to get five stars.
This is my first M. R. Carey book but his prose is exquisite, understated and simple but occasionally astounding imagery that managed not to seem out of place or stay into purple territory.
Add the way he layered these plotlines interweaving them expertly, and watching so many strands meet in the middle and show how they're connected in such a... Real way. (I could have phrased that better but my brain isn't working)
Some books with multiple povs can get confusing and drag, this book did not.
Ok that's the good.
But from 20-70% I just felt frustrated.
As a Jew I felt really disappointed with Sally and Levine BOTH being absolutely pathetic, nvm the mess that is Leah. (don't mistake me, I want flawed Jews in the media but 3/3 Jewish characters being either cowards, creepy and lustful towards a goyische woman, or deceitful, and good lord I think Sally and Levine made up 80% of this books crying)
Liz Earnshaws character made me uncomfortable during that time but tbh I'm over that, he really brought it back for me with her.
But Paula, don't get me wrong I loved her, but bits of her characterization made me super uncomfortable.
But then the last thirty percent of this book is awesome!!
Just so good!
Compelling, well written, satisfying, surprising!! Awesome!!
All these loose threads came together and formed a wonderfully coherent and shocking plot, it was action packed without being a Tarentino movie (I've completely spelt that wrong haven't I) it was just... Awesome.
So yeh, I adored parts of this book and I really feel like without him using uncomfortable cultural stereotypes to build his characters upon, plus some slightly annoying mistakes about medicine and British law, this could have been one of those perfect books that leaves you wonderfully changed but it just missed the mark for me.
Also Lorraine Buller is. The. Best.
It’s a departure from the Girl with all the Gifts world and, at a stretch, could be viewed as the female version of The Green Mile, set as it is in a woman’s prison.
But Jess (our heroine) has a different power, she speaks to ghosts, and there’s one particular one at Fellside that demands her attention.
A bitter sweet supernatural tale full of the viciousness and optimism that is humanity.
There are two views that can be taken about Fellside. One is that it's a book that keeps the reader guessing, to a certain point, and even when things get predictable the writing is good enough to carry it. However, it is also a very piece-meal book that tries to do a lot without really focusing and doing one thing well. The overall effect is confusing, and a bit frustrating, but definitely worth a read.
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