#Review of #SixStories by #MattWesolowski @ConcreteKraken @OrendaBooks


One body
Six stories
Which one is true?
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.

This is my first read of a book by Matt Wesolowski, I’ve seen a lot of good reviews and talk on Twitter, so I was looking forward to Six Stories.

I was enthralled right from the get go with Six Stories, the unique way this is written really made for a refreshing read. It’s written in the style of a podcast, almost a true crime podcast, where Scott King, interviews the six people who may know what happened to a 15 year old lad called Tom Jeffries. he went missing from a youth camp in 1996 and was only found a year later, on Scarclaw Fell a monolithic ex mining mountain, full of I’d mine shafts and dangerous bogs.

There is an amazing crackling of suspense in each page and chapter and the more you get into the story the more unsettling it becomes. Matt’s attention to detail in describing the setting of Scarclaw Fell, is fabulous and really makes the storyline pop with intense atmosphere.

And I must congratulate Matt on his meticulous writing of the 15 year old in Six Stories, really well observed! I get the impression Matt is a real watcher of people in his spare time!

The plot is tense and absorbing and with each chapter and character, the reader gets more and more unsettled…..there’s almost a gothic style to Six Stories.

As usual I’m not giving any of the plot away, but I must say the ending was magnificent!

A fabulous 5 ⭐️ read!

Matt Wesolowski
Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor for young people in care. Matt started his writing career in horror, and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous UK- and US-based anthologies, such as Midnight Movie Creature, Selfies from the End of the World, Cold Iron and many more. His novella, The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. His debut thriller, Six Stories, was an Amazon bestseller in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, and a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, and film rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. A prequel, Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller. Changeling, the third book in the series, was published in 2019 and was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. His fourth book, Beast, won the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Independent Voice Book of the Year award in 2020. Matt lives in Newcastle with his partner and young son, and is currently working on the sixth book in the Six Stories series. Chat to him on Twitter @ConcreteKraken.

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