Tuesday intro: Fell by Jenn Ashworth

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week, I’m reading Fell by Jenn Ashworth, which The Guardian tells me is “dark, compelling, and beautifully written” – I hope they are right.  Here’s what it’s about…

imageWhen Annette Clifford returns to her childhood home on the edge of Morecambe Bay, she despairs: the long empty house is crumbling, undermined by two voracious sycamores. What she doesn’t realise is that she’s not alone: her arrival has woken the spirits of her parents, who anxiously watch over her, longing to make amends. Because as the past comes back to Jack and Netty, they begin to see the summer of 1963 clearly, when Netty was desperately ill and a stranger moved in. Charismatic, mercurial Timothy Richardson, with his seemingly miraculous powers of healing, who drew all their attention away from Annette… Now, they must try to draw another stranger towards her, one who can rescue her.


And here’s how it starts…

Her key in the lock wakes us.  It wakes the starlings too: they rise chattering out of the tress in the front garden and hurl themselves into the sky.  They don’t fly far; before the door is open they have landed, disgruntled, on the roof ridge. We flutter at each other like leaves, find the words for things, laughing, stiff as bark, too wooden to grab and hold on tight.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


Find on: Amazon UK / Amazon US

  1. Sounds interesting. Hope you enjoy it.

    1. Me too – a bit different for me (though not by much probably)

  2. This one sounds unusual – the writing is beautiful and so is the cover. Yes, I’d certainly give it a go. How are you getting on with it, Emma? This is my Teaser Tuesday this week… https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/teaser-tuesday-21st-march-2016/

  3. I do like that opening and would continue reading.

  4. Great cover and introduction. I’d keep reading. Hope it turns out to be an enjoyable book for you.

  5. I have read and enjoyed the occasional story of “ghosts” in crumbling houses…but I especially like the idea of the parents trying to make amends. Thanks for sharing…and here’s mine: “BRIDGES: A DAPHNE WHITE NOVEL”

  6. LOVE the comparison of their meeting to leaves and bark on a tree. Clever and unusual! Though I don’t often read books that feature “spirits,” this sounds like a story I’d enjoy.
    My Tuesday post features The Boys in the Boat.

  7. This looks amazing! I will definitely be looking more closely at this title. I love non YA stories with ghosts and just a bit of the supernatural. Thanks for sharing!
    Laura 🙂
    My FPFC Tuesday

  8. I really like the writing and am intrigued by the synopsis you shared, Emma. I would definitely keep reading. I love stories like this, about characters returning home after long absences . . .

  9. I’d have to read more before deciding. Hope you’re enjoying it. Here’s my link for this week’s intro/teaser: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1w6

  10. Not sure yet, but I’m curious.

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