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Fellside by M.R. Carey – BOOK REVIEW

I listened to Fellside on Audible

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

Published: April 7th, 2016

Pages: 496 (hardback)

Audiobook length: 15 hrs and 35 mins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis by the publisher: 

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.

M.R. Carey

The Review

"This ghost story is one that stands out from a lot of other ghost stories I've 
read, just like The Girl with All the Gifts stands out from a lot of other 
zombie stories. It's a thrilling ride that had me curious and wondering." 

Back in 2015 I read The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey and I fell in love with the story and the writing style. So when I heard about Fellside coming out, I knew I had to pick that up as well. And even though I had it on my radar way before it was actually published, it took me way longer to get to it than planned. Better late than never, right?

Going into this novel I wasn’t really sure what to expect. It’s listed as a thriller, but the synopsis mentioned the ghost of a boy, so the appearance of something paranormal was very likely. Just the way I like it!

The writing style of Fellside was every bit as good as The Girl with All the Gifts. It’s a completely different kind of story, but the way that M.R. Carey gives insight into the minds of his characters really makes them come alive. And even though there were quite a lot of characters throughout the story, I never found myself confused as it shifted between them.

One of the things that I thought was brilliant about this story, was the fact that there were no saints here. This is a story set in a prison, and even though you have characters you like and ones that you’ll find outright horrendous, none of them are completely innocent. All the drama and corruption inside the Fellside prison adds another layer of depth to the story.

Jess was a character it took me a while to really feel connected to, but once the reader gets under her skin, she’s quite an interesting character indeed.

I thought the paranormal elements in Fellside were executed very well and made it easy to visualise what was going on. It’s not just a paranormal thriller, there’s  a bit of mystery in there as well!

Fellside held quite a steady pace for most of the story, and after a while it really did escalate. The ending as well was very satisfying and not what I expected.

This ghost story is one that stands out from a lot of other ghost stories I’ve read, just like The Girl with All the Gifts stands out from a lot of other zombie stories. It’s a thrilling ride that had me curious and wondering.

A really enjoyable read, and I can’t wait to see what M.R. Carey comes up with next!

 

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June 2017 – Book Haul

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Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar – BOOK REVIEW

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Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal – REVIEW

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The Casual Vacancy – Geek Heaven Review

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils … Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

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The most important thing to remember before you start reading this book is to not expect anything like the Harry Potter books. This is a book for adults and there are no spells, wizards, Voldemort (even though some of the people in the story are equally cruel) or Hogwarts. You have to start this book with an open mind because this is a totally different kind of story.

This book has so many characters that in the beginning I found it difficult to keep up. I found myself flipping back and forth to find out the details about the characters. After a while though you get to know them a bit more and they stick. Some more than others.

The Casual Vacancy is not a cliffhanger book and after the first hundred pages or so, I really did consider putting it back on the shelf. My curiosity won though so I did get through the five hundred-page books, but unfortunately I’m not that impressed.

It could be that this just wasn’t my kind of book. There were too many characters for my taste and I felt like I was constantly waiting for something big to happen. All in all it is a well written book. It tells the story of the little town of Pagford in a way that anyone who has ever lived in a little town where everyone knows everyone can relate to. She describes the characters in a way that makes them come alive to you, even though you probably wouldn’t want to befriend so many of them.

I give the book a four on the dice. It was entertaining in its own way, but somehow I felt like something was missing.

Every book is like a new relationship, but there wasn’t much spark between me and The Casual Vacancy I’m afraid, but I’m pretty sure that it will make someone else perfectly happy!

There is no doubt that J.K. Rowling is an excellent writer, but I think I’m sticking with the Harry Potter books for now.

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Sweet Free Books!!

If you haven’t heard about Sweet Free Books then you are in for a treat!!

Although a Kindle tablet is placed high on this years wish list I have really gotten to know and love the Kindle App that I’m using more and more on my HTC One.

So today I got a pleasant surprise when I got a new follower on Twitter. Sweet Free Books (@sweetfreebooks) was my new follower and I was intrigued. Free books you say? This I had to check out!

And this is so amazing! You sign up for their newsletter and they send you mail everyday with specially selected free books from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. When you sign up you also register your favorite genres so that the everyday newsletter is custom made after your book taste.

Is there anything NOT to love?!? I’ve been subscribing for about, oh, four hours and my Kindle App already has four new books on it!

Try it out for yourself! Click on the Sweet Free Books logo to get to their site and sign up!

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Poem of the Day – 26.08.2013

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

 

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

DylanThomas

– Dylan Thomas

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