Today, I am excited to be sharing my review of Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski with you all.
1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an Outward Bound center. 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 rivaled 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. 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.
The Six Stories series by Matt Wesolowski was the first series picked by a random number generator for our series book club. Until then I had never even heard of this series, but it certainly sounding like one I would be interested in. We started with book one (Six Stories), and I can honestly say that this was totally different than I had expected, and not in a bad way! I was pleasantly surprised.
The style is completely different to anything I’ve read before, I’ve never read a book that is laid out as a podcast, and to begin with I did actually struggle to get used to that. However, once I got into it, I began to really enjoy that aspect of the story. The story itself is so intriguing, and exactly the sort of edge of the seat case that I love in a mystery thriller. Each person’s interview gave you different information, and brought a million and one more questions with it. I was constantly changing my mind as to what had really happened.
There are so many interesting characters in this book, each of which has their own personality, that is completely different to the rest. A few of them, I couldn’t figure out how I truly felt about them, did I like them? Did I not? I DON’T KNOW! They all seemed so sketchy! But, I did feel incredibly sorry for Haris. The way he was treated was absolutely disgusting, and it was quite upsetting to read at times. Haris was definitely the real victim in this story.
The ending of the story was a massive shock, I never could have seen that twist coming! I’m still thinking about it now, despite having finished the book 2 weeks ago. It really gets you thinking, in a way I didn’t expect, and it was fantastically well written.
The only reason I am not rating Six Stories a 5 star is because of my struggle to get in to the podcast style initially. Other than that, I thought that this book was fantastic! It was exciting, interesting, and impossible to put down. I’d also like to find out if this was based on a real life case or not. I have already started book 2 of the series, which I’m already loving, and I can not wait to continue with it, I will definitely be reading a lot more of Matt Wesolowski’s books in the future.
I give Six Stories a 4 star rating!
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