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(Six Stories #2)

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One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 26-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 institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2018 by Orenda Books
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Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Orenda Books
Shelves: from-publisher
I heard them at lunchtime, over the sound of the radio.
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
Liz Barnsley
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The main thing I want to say is that this book is TOTAL genius. That.

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
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, well, well Matt Wesolowski has done it again! You are such a clever man! I adored Six Stories and I could not wait to read Hydra as soon as I heard about it and let me tell you this does not disappoint. Now if you weren't a fan of Six Stories then don't bother with this one because while the story itself is different the format is the same. Personally, I love it! I suppose this could be read as a stand alone but do yourself a favor and read Six Stories if you haven't already because you'll ...more
Matt Wesolowski, you really have a niche for the crime-fiction genre. I am so surprised that you were able to take the dynamic of Six Stories and be able to mold that into a complete and original new story for Hydra . From what I'm told, Hydra is the prequel to Wesolowski's series debut, however you don't need to read either book first as they are more like cousins of each other. I highly recommend reading Six Stories first because it sets up the writing style and dynamic of the series, while ...more
The Book Review Café
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, top-reads-2018
Hydra oh WOW this has to be one of the most original and creepiest books I’ve read EVER! I loved Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski, but I loved Hydra more, it simply oozes menace from the opening chapter. Hydra is part crime thriller with more than a dose of the supernatural thrown in, and it’s a novel that’s guaranteed to capture the reader’s imagination. From the start the reader knows who committed the crime, it’s the “why” that the author explores in his series of six intriguing pod casts. Each ...more
I had no idea a sequel to Six Stories was due to be published, and snapped this up as soon as I spotted it. Like its predecessor, Hydra is structured around a true crime podcast hosted by the mysterious Scott King, and it is an addictive thriller that effectively weaves in elements of horror. Altogether I enjoyed this even more than Six Stories; it feels like everything has been kicked up a notch. Best of all is the fact that it leans in to the horror aspect, fully embracing this right from th ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hydra is the second book from the pen of author Matt Wesolowski to be published by Orenda Books.  Wesolowski's Orenda debut, Six Stories, absolutely blew my mind last year and took it's place proudly on my top ten (*mumble, mumble* may have been twelve) books of the year. I think it's fair to say I LOVED Six Stories.

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
Donna Maguire

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
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I spent much of my time last year raving about Six Stories which is Wesolowski’s debut. This book truly blew me away, it was unlike anything I’ve ever read before so to say Hydra was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 is an understatement. Once again, this book knocked me out and just proves that Wesolowski is a powerhouse and one of the strongest, most unique voices in crime fiction today.

While Hydra is technically the second book in a series you don’t have to read SS first, but you would
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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
Louise Beech
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I need a lot of time and comfort and a very fluffy read after going through this. Scared the bejesus out of me. Didn't help that I read it while staying in a strange apartment alone, and someone seriously knocked on the door at 12.30am and there was no one there. Anyway, this book is genius. Dark, and unusual, and clever, and twisted, and as always with this mister, just so bloody well written. Do NOT google Black Eyed Children. Just don't. Can't recommend this enough.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh … my … word! My brain can’t compute this level of awesomeness! How do you even review something like this?!

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
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*Warning*: There may be swearing! I have the most horrible foul mouth which goes into overdrive when I am super excited – and by jaysus…I am SOOOOO excited about this book!

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
Joanne Robertson
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Six Stories and so was over the moon to know that Scott King and his Six Stories was returning with another case. If you aren’t already aware, Six Stories is a podcast where Scott King looks into a cold cases and then in each of his six episodes, he speaks to a witness or family member to try to get to the bottom of a case although not necessarily to solve it. I had never heard of this concept before but apparently it’s similar to the real life “Serial” podcast which has quite a loyal fo ...more
Joachim Stoop
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Closer to 3,5

Fine writing.
Psychologically sound.
Great execution.


A bit repetitive.
I was overestimating the turning point/plot twist.
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had been waiting patiently for Hydra for what seems like an eternity. It was probably only months, but it felt like forever. Having read Six Stories at the end of 2016 (See! That sounds like AGES ago considering its now 2018!!!), its safe to say I was eager to see where Matt Wesolowski was going to take us after the thrill-ride of Six Stories.

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
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First, a little bit of background, if you’ve read Six Stories, also by Wesolowski, you’ll know he has this totally original way of narrating his novels. Six Stories is a podcast hosted by Scott King, in which he explores “true crime” cases; in each episode (chapter) he has a different guest related to the case and he explores their perspective on what occurred. Hydra is an episode of Six Stories and this podcast, excuse me – this novel, focuses on the case of the Macleod Massacre. You don’t have ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: december-2017
Matt Wesolowski’s Six Stories was my book of 2017 and if I thought it was difficult to write a review to do Six Stories justice I once again have my work cut out reviewing Hydra. Quite simply, Hydra is to die for!

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,

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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's
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I am a bit torn with this book.

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
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

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
Joanna Park
Hydra is a very chilling, eerie and enthralling read.  I was hooked from the start by the unusual style of writing and the story which is unlike anything I have read before.

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
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, where do I even start? WHERE DO I EVEN START? Let me get this review going by saying that I lost two nights of sleep reading this book, because it scared me so much that I could not actually fall asleep!

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'
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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

Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Before we get to the review of *spoilers* this brilliant book, let's talk about covers for a moment. Orenda Books know how to do covers. I can't speak for every book they've published, but for the few titles that I have read they (99% of the time anyway, but I'll get to that), nail it. Six Stories: a brilliantly clever design that echoes both the location of the story and the nature of the narrative style; Hydra: again, a stunning design that reflects the story inside - the apparent black eye st ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

It took me about a week to make up my mind about a just rating for this book and even though its final part wasn't perfect I eventually still decided to go with 5 stars, and here's why:

1) The concept is still absolutely fantastic. Telling a crime case in form of a podcast works SO well and the interview style is so perfectly executed that you already get a lot of thrill just from guessing which character will be in the next and most of all final episode.

2) The Six Stories books can be
Karen Mace
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! Wow!! Wow!!! Yep, that just about sums up my reading experience with Hydra!! Knew very little of the story when I went in and haven’t read Six Stories (that will soon be remedied!) so wasn’t sure about the Podcast type approach to this story – but it worked!! As a big radio/podcast listener it was fascinating to see it in written form, but it was such a clever and unique way of storytelling that it just seemed to fit, and allow the author to explore this dark and twisted tale in a format t ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Ordena books for sending me a free copy of Hydra in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

I read Six Stories over the summer and really liked it but Hydra was even better than its predecessor! I felt creeped out while reading the first book, but Hydra is positively chilling! What I love most about both books is the originality. The entire book consists of six fiction podcasts, all part of a series. So at first, you have to give your brain some time to get into an un
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In contrast to #SixStories, this feels less of a whodunnit more of a whydunnit. Why did Arla Macleod butcher her family in the middle of the night and essentially hand herself over to the police?

Getting into Arla’s head in the chapters separating the six podcasts is a dark and strange place to go to. The dreams and images she records in her musings are very sinister and not to be smirked at.

I have to say I do like Mr Simon King as our narrator. He maybe the man behind the microphone but this tim
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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 and leads Cuckoo Young Writers creative writing workshops in association with New Writing North.

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 Sto

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