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Six Stories

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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,417 ratings  ·  555 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 225 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Orenda Books (first published December 20th 2016)
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Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Orenda Books
Shelves: from-publisher
This was a little bitty book that packed a mighty wallop. WOW. I just keep saying that over and over. While I was initially drawn in by the cover, and we all know Chelsea is a sucker for pretty pictures, the inside is what sealed the deal. I've never been a huge listener of pod casts, not because I find them boring or unappealing, but due to the fact I usually can't squeeze in the extra time and find a quiet place to do so. This gave me the best of both worlds; I was able to read a book per my ...more
This is a book that strives to bring something new to the suspense genre, riding on the coattails of the popular podcast Serial, urging readers to follow along and draw their own conclusions about the mysterious death at hand. If you haven’t experienced Serial (seriously, what are you waiting for?!), the format of this book and the many times the podcast itself is mentioned, just might drive you to give it a listen. Believe me, you won’t regret it; both seasons have proven to be wholly addicting ...more
Larry H
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

Wow, this was crazy good! I wasn't really sure what to expect but it definitely surprised me!

I may be in the minority, but I never listened to any of the Serial podcast. I know, I was supposed to be fantastic, but strangely enough, I have a real problem focusing if I have to just concentrate on listening to something. Reading, watching television, listening to music are all fine, but listening to a podcast or an audio book doesn't work for me. I'm a little too
Always Pouting
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is mostly made up of the transcripts of a podcast, well maybe not transcript but I can't think of a better word so fuck it, following a series on a murder that took place years ago during a camping trip. The podcast host, Scott King, interviews six different people who knew the victim, Tom Jeffries, and presents the circumstances around Tom's death. Tom was one of the kids in a group of five that belonged to a local wilderness club started by parents. On the day of one of the trips Tom ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Don't fear the dark, dear, swift is the night,
For nothing will harm you, wrapped up here, tight.
That's just a shadow, dear, don't fear a sprite.
Don't pay your mind to the tricks of the light."

Fifteen-year-old, Tom Jeffries body has been found at an outward-bound center in Scarclaw fell one year after he went missing. His disappearance was investigated and chalked up to misadventure. Twenty years later, investigative journalist Scott King, decides to investigate the case. King has reached cult
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Six Stories is a creepy, atmospheric, suspense filled psychological thriller fueled by unreliable memories coupled with fear, myth, and darkness.

“We like to give things names, personify our darkness.”

On a camping trip 20 years ago in eerie Scarclaw Fell, 15 year old Tom Jeffries went missing. His body turned up a year later. While police didn’t entertain murder at the time, his story made headlines and became a national sensation.

Told in the format of six podcasts covering Tom’s
j e w e l s
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

An unusual approach in a mystery book ALWAYS gets my attention! This one is presented in a podcast-style format. OH YES. YES. I do love me a crime podcast. By the way, this book keeps referencing SERIAL, but SERIAL is kind of old news by now. Can we talk about ATLANTA MONSTER? MY FAVORITE MURDER? CRIMINAL? SWORD & SCALE?

Sorry, I digress.

I wanted to love this book as much as my readerly friends all seem to love it. And I do love it, BUT…while innovative and brief (a very short little
Miriam Smith
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: orenda, twitter
Ingenious, inventive, gripping, unique, all and more of these words could be used to describe this wonderfully suspenseful book. "Six Stories" by Matt Wesolowski was an utter pleasure to read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
It was such a refreshing change to read a story that's told in a stunningly original and modern way using up to date media such as podcasts. It's amazing how quickly you are hooked into the fabulous narrative as soon as you start reading, it really is an attention grabbing plot.
Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

Up from the depths of the murky muck of the marshland in Scarclaw Woods, a shambling figure emerges. All claws and teeth and long grasping fingers, and she is hungry. Is Nanna Wrack real or just the product of a stoner's wild imagination?

A group of bored teenagers encounter a childlike man, Haris Novak. He likes to watch the animals in the woods. He misinterprets the interaction between he and the teens, thinking he has found some friends.
Raking through the earth of old graves.......

You know the thrill of it. The creep that slithers in from drawing out ancient tales of the undead. The inability to turn away when the whispers begin to ooze out of mouths recanting stories of those dark, gnarly figures that walk soundlessly through the night. Searching, clawing their way out to encompass the unsuspecting......

Matt Wesolowski presents a story that will have you checking under your bed for more than just those ol' dust bunnies who
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, mystery
What a unique read! Capitalizing on the recent success of the iTunes podcasts 'Serial', but in book form. This could have been a hot mess, but it is really well done. In fact I would bet that the audio is even better!

I grabbed this book from NetGalley after I kept seeing a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews. The marketing synopsis really doesn't do it justice, so once again Goodreads came through in directing me to a great read that I would have normally taken a pass on.

Strong in characterization, the
Jill McGill
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dark… Twisted… Creepy… Crazy… Fantastic!!!

Matt Wesolowski is a natural born writer! It is very hard to believe that this is his debut novel.

This mind blowing novel is told in present day, 2017, through podcasts about the murder of a teenage boy, Tom Jeffries, that took place 20 years ago in 1997. With six podcast interviews and six transcripts of those interviews, Wesolowski’s story-telling is original, pure genius and works on so many different levels. He draws you in from the very first
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
Mar 25, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party by: Chelsea Humphrey
The amazing Chelsea from The Suspense Is Thrilling Me blog gave this book a "HOLY GUACAMOLE"! That right there is enough to convince me this is a must-read!
Rebecca McNutt
This is an excellent anthology with a lot of originality and unexpected surprises. As first it began with the feeling of being just another book, but it quickly built up into something amazing.
Liz Barnsley
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have seen so many great reviews of Six Stories since I read it and have been patiently (??!!??) awaiting my turn whilst leading up to it with a Six Stories about Six Stories set of features but now here we are my day for the blog tour and I find myself speechless. Well ok not really but Six Stories is a book that rendered me speechless for a little while after finishing it.

There is actually no way I can improve on what everyone else has been saying, Six Stories is a genuine marvel of a novel
Six Stories has been on my radar since I saw everyone ranting and raving about it all summer long. I know that I'm a little late to the party, but honestly it was perfect timing for me to pick this read up. I've never listened to the podcast Serial, but I always hear water-cooler talk in the office about it. I'm more of a Bitch Sesh podcast listener #RealHousewives, but I do love crime-mysteries and figured that this story would be an original telling of a genre that has gotten so played out. ...more
Crime by the Book
*screams* THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. Guys. Buy this book. JUST DO IT. ... ok but seriously, full review to come, but this book is AMAZING. Fiercely original, a puzzle that just hits you over the head with its final reveal.

Find my full review here:
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
This was a fun thriller. I correctly guessed the killer early on, but there was a big twist at the end that I didn’t see coming, so that made up for it! What also made up for it: the interesting format. It’s told as if it were a podcast and each chapter is an episode, focused on a conversation with someone involved in the long ago murder being investigated. Maybe more like a 3.5-3.75 - a lot of fun, but not the best thriller I’ve ever read.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Six Stories was not exactly what I thought it would be, compared as it was to the compulsively binge-worthy podcast Serial. It was the slow pace, which surprised me, but that did not stop me from enjoying the story, though that seems the wrong word to use for such a dark tale. The author is really talented in building a creepy atmosphere, even as the story is essentially told looking backwards in an interview-style format. I can't say the ending was terribly surprising for me, however, this does ...more
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Janel over at keeperofpages for the recommendation. I loved loved this!! The setup of this story was so dope! Im definitely looking forward to hydra. Full Review to come ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
Six Stories was a great book to start 2020!

Complex characters
Creepy and dark atmosphere
Unique and exciting writing style

This was a perfect reading for me. I love when the characters are complex in a novel. We can see their behaviours and everything that happened through multiple point of views. The characters told their stories one by one in a podcast series.
Scarclaw Fell is a beautiful but dangerous place, and there are mysteries, legends and creepy stories about it. Chilling!
The writing
Scarclaw Fell is a wild area in Northumberland popular with hikers, cavers & climbers. Its beautiful but treacherous terrain is riddled with marshes, old mine tunnels & neolithic grave sites. In 1996, two adults & 5 teens arrived for a few days of R&R during school break. Sadly, one of them went missing & was never found.

In 1997 the land was purchased by Lord Ramsay, much to the dismay of locals & environmentalists. But for his son Harry, it was the perfect place to hang
Paul Bryant
I’m struggling to figure out why so many readers were knocked out by the originality of this book. Comments like

An intense, unforgettable, and gripping journey into the harrowing motives behind a gruesome act. Impossible to put down; absolutely brilliant.

And I’m Uh? What was that again? For a start there’s only one single dead teenager. That’s not very many. I prefer more than one dead teenager – three is usually when the fun really begins. But that’s just me. Secondly, there were a lot of
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, crime
While looking for a new audiobook to listen to, I saw that this one is narrated by a whole cast of people – and I had just seen a positive review for this book that had been on my radar for a while, so it did seem like fate. And for the most part I had a lot of fun listening to this. Given that the book is told in podcast format, I do think that listening to it was the best idea.

Modelled after podcasts such a Serial, this book tells the story of a group of friends and the sudden death of one of
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was mostly an inoffensive read for me - I was intrigued, but only mildly so - but my god, did it go out with a bang. Though it starts out slow, it gradually gathers steam, and then that final, satisfying denouement brings it all together in a way I hadn't been expecting. Fantastic. But let's back up.

Six Stories is a novel constructed as a series of podcasts, in which an investigative journalist looks into the mysterious death of 15-year-old Tom Jeffries, which occurred twenty years ago. By
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If you are looking for a new and different type of thriller to read look no further than Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski it’s a classic murder mystery with a modern twist. The story is told through podcasts, which immediately piqued my interest, as it’s such a highly original concept to use in story telling. In the series of six interviews journalist Scott King investigates the truth surrounding the death of teenager Tom Jefferies who
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Orenda Books has a knack for publishing unique, fresh books under the umbrella of crime fiction and once again, I’m completely blown away by one of their books. Six Stories is a wholly original, modern twist on a classic murder mystery. There are six distinct stories, six very easily distinguishable voices used in this podcast style book. Tom Jeffries was fifteen when he disappeared in 1996 and his body was found a year later. Twenty years
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Welcome to Chocolate'n'waffles. I'm Donna and this will be my one and only review-podcast.
In the next paragraphs, we will take a look at a book who has not left readers indifferent. For the past weeks, its cover has been spotted all over the blogosphere. We will try to understand and discuss the reasons behind its success.

Readers seek originality. After reading a few books from the same genre, one can become jaded with the same patterns being used over and over again. A usual example is the old

May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creative, unique and unforgettably absorbing!

This a brilliantly crafted, character-driven thriller that takes us on a journey to solve a 20-year-old murder and spotlights the physical and psychological effects and consequences of bullying.

The writing style is unconventional, with the narration being told completely through true-crime podcasts and some internal musings. And the characterization is raw with a cast of teenage characters that are young, rebellious, impressionable, and impulsive.

.99 on 07/02/17
I don’t know of anything I can add to the great reviews here. This book was different from anything I’ve read in the way it was written. Great character study of six individuals, mystery, psychological thriller and a little horror, what’s not to like? I loved the description of Scarclaw Fell but not sure I’d want to visit. Great time of year to read this one! I want to read more from this author.

Great cover!
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Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor for young people in care.

Wesolowski started his writing career in horror and was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at 'Bloody Scotland'; Crime Writing Festival 2015. His subsequent debut crime novel 'Six Stories' was published by Orenda Books in the spring of 2016 with follow-up ‘Hydra’ published in the

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