Book Review for SIX STORIES by Matt Wesolowski

SIX STORIES by Matt Wesolowski
Six Stories Series, Book 1
Orenda Books
Highly Caffeinated Rating: ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕ ☕

SIX STORIES is a unique, refreshing, and positively creepy thriller that has the reader to constantly trying to figure out what the “real” story is. Hands down, this is one of the most addictive approaches to a thriller that I have read in a while. What I love the best was how the story unfolded as each interview took place. It was as if I were in the room or listening to it all happen. Honestly…I loved this book so much that it hard to even express how genuine the whole story felt. The idea of taking a podcast with the only purpose is to shine a light on a crime and making it a novel could have been a minefield of problems. Yet, Wesolowski didn’t land on any of them. He truly did something wonderful with this book.

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As a side note, I also took the time to listen to the audio book. I saw it on Audible and I just had to. Since the book is written as a podcast, I thought it would be amazing to relive the story by hearing it and I was right. It took the book to a whole new level. If you are at all into audio books and mysteries, get this book. Trust me. It brought the story to life in a way that just reading it can't do. I felt as if I were somehow in the book and actively waiting for the next podcast to come out.

On all levels this book is a must read. The originality and the "killer" ending will blow you away.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Orenda Books.


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Plot Summary:

1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby.

2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivalled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure.

In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. And who’s to blame . . .

As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth. A chilling, unpredictable and startling thriller, Six Stories is also a classic murder mystery with a modern twist, and a devastating ending

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What people are saying...

"A complex and subtle mystery, unfolding like dark origami to reveal the black heart inside" -Michael Marshall Smith

"Wonderfully horrifying … the suspense crackles' James Oswald ‘Original, inventive and brilliantly clever" -Fiona Cummins

"The literary equivalent of dark metal gritty, dark, often shocking, and always exciting. A masterful debut" -Kati Hiekkapelto


About the Author: Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor and leads Cuckoo Young Writers creative writing workshops for young people in association with New Writing North. Matt started his writing career in horror and his short horror fiction has been published in Ethereal Tales magazine, Midnight Movie Creature Feature anthology, 22 More Quick Shivers anthology and many more. His debut novella The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013 and a new novella set in the forests of Sweden will be available shortly. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. He is currently working on his second crime novel Ashes, which involves black metal and Icelandic sorcery.


Book Details

Series: Six Stories Series
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Orenda Books (June 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1910633623
ISBN-13: 978-1910633625

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