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 know...it 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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
There is actually no way I can improve on what everyone else has been saying, Six Stories is a genuine marvel of a novel ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Modelled after podcasts such a Serial, this book tells the story of a group of friends and the sudden death of one of ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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.
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.
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 ...more