Jess Moulson is a heroin addict who wakes up in the hospital with no memory of why or how she got there. Eventually she learns that she started a fire in her apartment, where she suffered severe burns requiring multiple surgeries, but that’s not the worst of it; she is also under arrest for killing Alex, the little boy upstairs.
She won’t cooperate with her lawyer and ends up in Fellside, a women’s prison in Yorkshire, England. There she goes on a hunger strike, the only way she can take her own life.
As she is just a day or two from death, Alex appears in her room and tells her he needs her help. He haunts her until she acquiesces, and makes a rapid and miraculous recovery.
Jess is moved into the general prison population, where she is branded a child killer and treated accordingly. Alex tells Jess that she is not his murderer and he wants her help to find the real killer. This is a dark and occasionally brutal paranormal mystery with an unreliable narrator.
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FELLSIDE by M.R. Carey. Orbit (April 5, 2016). ISBN 978-0316300285. 496p.