A few weeks ago I blogged about Michael Carey’s other book The Girl With All The Gifts (BOOKBLOG: Michael Carey) and then proceeded to go to Waterstones to buy Fellside. And I do not regret it one iota.
“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?”
This book was INCREDIBLE. It was one of those slow burners that you really like from the get go. You want to know more. You want to know who the little boy is, you want to know why Jess is in jail, you want to know MORE. And the book answers your questions and more!
Characters: Being set in a prison you come across many different kinds of women. Some you will love, some you will despise and some who just make background noise, but purposeful noise. Jess, the main character, is a woman who I neither liked nor disliked at the start but throughout the book I definitely started to grow to like her. She stands by her convictions, she is ballsy and through the book you watch her become these things. She doesn’t necessarily start that way. Alex plays possibly the most pivotal role in Jess’ prison ‘career’. He’s the boy in the story who whispers to her. He is that voice of reason, who pushes Jess, who helps her throughout her time in prison. He’s so likeable. But not what he seems on the outside. There’s Devlin, the main prison guard over at Fellside G Block who is an absolute headache (I can think of much worse names to call him, but I’ll keep it clean). I do not like him AT ALL. Think Pornstache from OITNB. He is the (as he is so kindly called int he book) Devil. There’s Grace, a fellow inmate, quite an important inmate to the story, who is as unlikeable as Devlin. I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone but you’ll not like her either, she’s an evil evil mastermind. Dr. Salazar (Sally) is one of those characters who I really liked. He’s a bit of a pushover, who you can tell once had a backbone, but he definitely grew on me. I liked him. He was one of those beacons in the story. (On that note I also adored Patience, one of the nurses).
This book has the perfect cast of characters. Some you love, some you hate. And I definitely hated two or three.
Plot: I don’t want to go into too much detail because I like to be a spoiler free blog but I will tell you that this story has one of the most original plots I have come across. It’s the story of the horrible thing Jess is accused and then imprisoned for doing, and how the victim of her crime helps her through her time in prison. There’s some very real descriptions of happenings in prison, some encounters that were tough to read and an ending that just works. So much. Obviously there’s corruption, terror, thrilling events and majestic writing that will make this very much a book you will not want to put down. I didn’t want the story to end.
If you’re a fan of OITNB (or loved The Girl with all the Gifts) and books, then please pick this up… you will not regret it! If you have it in your TBR pile then bump it up a bit! I absolutely adored this book. I like books, but this is definitely one that I would read again. It was so so so good.
Have you read this? Have you seen it? What did you think? Let me know in the comments or on twitter @eenalol!