Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fellside by M.R. Carey

    • Fellside by M.R. Carey
    • Published April 5, 2016
    • Other works include: many comic books in the 1990s and 2000s, The Girl with All the Gifts

    • A woman named Jess wakes up in a hospital, her face disfigured by a fire and under arrest for setting it and thus killing a neighbor boy in her apartment building.
    • She is convicted of the crime, which she does not remember because she was high on heroin at the time, and sent to a Yorkshire, England, prison called Fellside.
    • At the prison she realizes that there is a "ghost" that is trying to contact her.
    • There are two mysteries: Did she set the fire? and What does the ghost want?
    • It's also a prison drama with all the character types and events you might expect: the prisoner who runs a drug operation with a corrupt guard, her tough enforcers, solitary confinement and so forth.

    • I have also read the author's book The Girl with All the Gifts, a story about a deadly virus that kills most of humanity and many zombie-like humans running around. (A movie with Glenn Close has been filmed called "She Who Brings Gifts".) The author is quite inventive in that story.
    • In this one it takes a standard trope --- innocent (?) woman in tough prison environment --- and adds a ghost story.
    • The ghost part is not explained; it just IS. And that's okay since that's not the point of the story.
    • So who would like this book? "Women in prison" stories have been popular for decades so obviously many people would enjoy this one too. Add in the supernatural element and you have another group of readers. Outside that Venn diagram? Probably not.
    • But I enjoyed it and will keep an eye out for future books by the author.