Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday you got to highlight a book that you were really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the original creator is no longer able to host the meme and it has now linked up with Can’t Wait Wednesday over at Wishful Endings.
This week I’ve chosen:
Changeling (Six Stories #3) by Matt Wesolowski.
On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the Wentshire Forest Pass, when a burst tyre forced his father, Sorrel, to stop the car. Leaving the car to summon the emergency services, Sorrel returned to find his son gone. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995.
Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel, his son and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. He takes a journey through the trees of the Wentshire Forest – a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there. He talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know where Alfie is…
Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought provoking, Changeling is an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, taking you to places you will never, ever forget.
Changeling (Six Stories #3) is published by Orenda Books in ebook on November 15th, 2018 and in paperback on January 24th, 2019.
I’m a massive fan of the both Six Stories and Hydra, the previous two instalments in the Six Stories series by Matt Wesolowski and can’t wait for this, the latest one and it sounds fantastic!
Six Stories and Hydra.
A snippet from my Six Stories review:
The Rangers were teenagers at the time of the disappearance getting up to all the usual shenanigans that teenagers do and having all the associated drama that you expect. It’s not, however, the type of drama that makes you facepalm, groan and scoff whilst reading. Instead, in recounting their teenage years and with baggage, life and years behind them the attitude of the character’s youth has been replaced with a more measured, reflective and mature outlook.
The location of Scarclaw Fell and the surrounding area is well depicted by Wesolowksi and plays as much of a role in the story that unfolds as the characters do. A place full of abandoned mine shafts, marshes and an urban legend surrounding a ‘beast‘ it’s an atmospheric and wild setting that exudes a sense of danger.
I’m not one who goes into detail regarding the story in my reviews but I feel that I should touch on the aspect of bullying that runs through Six Stories as it plays such a large part in the story. It’s a touchy and tough subject to tackle and one that many will (sadly) be able to identify with. Wesolowski doesn’t tackle the issue of bullying with kid gloves but he doesn’t glorify it either showing the horror, the effects and the impact that it can have. For some, it will be hard to read but I felt that he handles the subject extremely well and in a manner that makes it important reading.
Holy shit! The revelation near the end, truly a ‘did I just read that’ moment! Damn, Wesolowski, with a dumbstruck look and mouthing ‘fuck‘ that made me put down my Kindle and think about all I’d previously read in the book and yes, I had to re-read the revelation a second time to take it in!
Wesolowski is a rare talent and the Six Stories series that he has created is a breath of creative fresh air, part mystery, part thriller, part character study, part horror and ALL sensational.
Find my full Six Stories review !!HERE!!
A snippet from my Hydra review:
Hydra is formatted to read like the transcripts of the interviews conducted by King, it’s an inventive and original approach (at least for me in books) that works really well creating an atmospheric and chilling read. I knew that I was reading a work of fiction but I often had the feeling that I was reading ‘real‘ transcripts and accounts and not a ‘story‘ adding an air of authenticity to Hydra.
Wesolowski’s fresh style of writing and storytelling, the characters he creates who all have their own individual voices, the various accounts, the probing questions that King asks, the answers, his commentary on the answers, the information that he is given, the musings, his laying out of the knowledge, his putting together the pieces of the puzzle and the forming of the character profile of Arla all add to a tragic, occasionally unsettling yet ultimately fascinating read.
I loved Hydra! It is clever, devilishly dark, mesmeric and oh so sinister.
Find my full Hydra review !!HERE!!
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