A haunting and heartbreaking thriller from the author of the USA Today bestseller The Girl With All the Gifts.
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?
Discover M. R. Carey's powerful new novel - a chillingly atmospheric tale filled with tension, action, and emotion.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Prolific graphic novelist and author M.R. Carey transfixed us with this chilling thriller. His writing is cool, spare and entirely absorbing as he pieces together the story of Jess Moulson, a heroin addict and convicted child killer on hunger strike in a hellish Yorkshire prison. Fellside isn’t just a grisly prison drama, though. Carey expertly weaves in elements of the supernatural. Through her encounters with the ghost of the 10-year-old boy she murdered, Moulson is offered a chance at redemption.
Jess Moulson wanders in very dark places in this overwrought contemporary thriller from Carey (The Girl with All the Gifts). She doesn't remember the incident that leads to her trial for the murder of 10-year-old Alex Beech, because she was on heroin when she set afire the photos from her ongoing toxic relationship. She doesn't remember escalating to burning down her entire London apartment in an attempt to kill her boyfriend, but Alex, an upstairs neighbor, died in the blaze. Jess is sentenced to Fellside Prison, where she must wrestle with the question of her own culpability, try not to get tangled in the prison's internal drug business intrigues, and, unexpectedly, find that Alex, or what's left of him, may still have a job for her to do. Carey sustains an interesting concept at a high pitch of suspense until nearly the end, when the book implodes into melodrama as the plot becomes completely implausible. The denouement is the novel's lowest point, but the path to get there is taut, tense, and unusual.