One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 21-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the Macleod Massacre. Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health ins ...more
They followed me here.
After everything that's happened, they followed me here...
I don't know what they want.
Sometimes you read a book that blows you away so strongly that you are a bit terrified to pick up the author's sequel. As my date for this blog tour grew closer, my tummy started to get a bit anxious and I wondered how Hydra would compare to Six Stories. There was quite a twist at the end of the first book and I pondered whether that a ...more
I read Hydra in one sitting, going through the night gulping down various types of caffeine drinks, because once I started I just couldn’t stop. It is so beautifully written, so damn creepy that it will have you genuinely looking over your shoulder and jumping at shadows and on top of all that has an intricately woven, intelligent and thought provoking plot.
Those damned black eyed children. STILL occasionally haunting my nights ...more
I’ve definitely been on a Matt Wesolowski kick this year, I think it’s safe to say I’m a tiny bit obsessed, a lot freaked out, and HECKING excited for his new book that Goodreads tells me is coming out next year?! @orendabooks hit me up if you need reviewers, I’m devastated I’ve now finished all the Six Stories available! But I think the beauty of these books, with their podcast format, is that the possibilities are endless! If you’ve got the imagination, which Wesolowski definitely do ...more
So I was strangely apprehensive (and of course, excited!) starting Hydra. I knew before turning the first page that the story was in a similar vein to Six Stories. If you haven't e ...more
Oh my goodness, I did not know what to do with myself when this book finished, I was emotionally drained and bereft it was all over - it was absolutely additive and I LOVED it!!!
As soon as the book started I was hooked and knew it was going to be one of those books that I had to stay reading - not 100% sure that it was the right book for me to read when I was home alone with the baby as I can be a big wimp but as soon as I'd started there was no stopping m ...more
While Hydra is technically the second book in a series you don’t have to read SS first, but you would ...more
Hydra is such a unique, interesting story that I’m not entirely sure where to start talking about it! The premise is brilliant; set out like the transcript of a podcast which explores a shocking murder case (in which 21 year old Arla Macleod murdered her mother, father and sister), it consists of 6 main ‘sections’, each representing an episode of a podcast. Each ‘episode’ features investigative journalist (and podcast presenter) Scott King as he chats to vario ...more
I just start with what I liked:
This book is creepy as hell. I liked the dark atmosphere and all that stuff about ghost rituals. I also enjoyed again the structure of the book. It is told like a podcast which was already the case in his first book.
What I did not like:
As much as I think this kind of written podcast is a nice idea but for me this time it did not work. I did not get the point of the story. Listening to a podcast while I was on holiday I found this wr ...more
It's told in a podcast format which really works for this type of story and I would highly recommend the audio version.
Our narrator is investigating Arla Macleod who bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer at 21 years old in 2014. Each episode of the podcast (six stories) features an interview with a different person relating to the case... and then there are excerpts from Arla herself.
It was pretty creepy and compelli ...more
When I started reading Six Stories last year, it only took a few pages to make me realise I had something rather extraordinary in my hands and I had no doubt the book would end up in my Top 5 list of the year. So Hydra was one of my most anticipated books of this year and, rather unfairly perhaps to the author, my expectations were somewhere near the end of our solar system. However, I’m ...more
Ok- now that I have put my disclaimer in above….HOLY FRIGGIN SH*TSTICKS what an absolutely clever, captivating and simply superb piece of writing! I cannot believe that I haven’t read Matt Wesolowski’s debut: Six Stories – but I have it, and it WILL be read!
The story itself is set in Stanwel but comes to us in the form of a po ...more
I knew Hydra was going to be dark, but I didn’t realise how unsettling and creepy it would actually be until I settled in to read it. Black-eyed children ...more
Finished reading: October 12th 2019
"It's like a hydra, Scott; every head you cut off, two more grow in their places. And we're everywhere - hiding, waiting. You'll never ever stop us."
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Orenda Books titles, but they make me feel so SO incompetent as a blogger... Why? Let's just say that each time I finish an Orenda title, I'm left a blubbering mess and completely lost for words. These feelings were no different when I finished Hydra, a story that ...more
I am completely blown away.
The underlying themes and the message that this book sends out hits just at the right spot! And that too with a delicious fucking twist. Holy heck. I don't know what I expected, i dived into this book because it was recommended by a friend and she just let me know that it has a full cast narration on AUDIBLE.
I totally wasn't ready for this.
In 2014, Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, stepfather and sister to death with a hammer and following her trial she has been incarcerated in a medium-secure mental health hospital. Once again, we find ourselves in the safe hands of Scott King, the creator of the Six Stories podcasts, ...more
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Unique and devilishly good is an understatement!
Six stories plus plus!
A novel written in a series of podcasts about a woman in a hospital for having murdered her family.
But why and what really happened? Several interviewees including the woman herself chat to the famous podcaster from Six Stories as he investigates another mystery.
This gets right down to the bone when it comes to the human psyche and mental health. Reading this at night made sleep an elusive dream! There' ...more
The idea behind the Internet sensation true-crime podcast Six Stories is that the host, the investigative journalist Scott King takes a crime and then interviews six people over six episodes over six weeks looking back on the events, the people involved and discussing the whole affair. This approach gives the podcast listener the same story told by six different people with six diff ...more
I think what makes this book so effective is how real it feels. It is based in the present day in a non-descript English village that has seen better times. There is always the feeling at the back of your mind whilst you are reading it, that you have heard similar stories before on the news of murders in such towns. The re ...more
What a chilling and terrifying psychological crime thriller. I need to get my head around it to write this review as my emotions have been put on high alert in the past 48 hours reading it. The thing with Hydra is that throughout the entire book there are no graphic scenes but it' ...more
You can't imagine my pleasure today. I am all in for a treat. And you are, too!!
This review of Hydra is my unbiased thank you to Karen Sullivan, Anne Cater, and the #TeamOrenda!
Breaking News: Matt Wesolowski does it again!
This is a special review-podcast to let the world know a massive wave has hit the literature world. Its name is Hydra.
When Matt Wesoloski disturbed the usual narration format with Six Stories, I was seduced. Originality, a strong writing, a tricky and gripping plot, everything...more
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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