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Elusive online investigative journalist Scott King investigates the case of Arla Macleod, who bludgeoned her family to death, in another episode of the chilling, award-winning Six Stories series.

‘Bold, clever and genuinely chilling with a terrific twist that provides an explosive final punch’ Deidre O’Brien, Sunday Mirror

‘A genuine genre-bending debut’ Carla McKay, Daily
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2018 by Orenda Books (first published December 24th 2017)
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Tiff M I know this is an old question, but for anyone wondering: yes, you can read Hydra without reading Six Stories.

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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
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british, mystery, crime, series
'A thousand black-eyed girls,
A thousand black-eyed boys,
Marching to a distant drum,
Looking for a place called home...'

Are monsters born or made?

Hydra is the second book in the Six Stories series in which the enigmatic podcaster Scott King investigates the ‘Macleod Massacre’ perpetrated by the twenty one year old Arla Macleod in 2014.

During the six weeks we are going to look at the events that led to the killings from six different perspectives. We are going to travel back and try to find out not
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, w ...more
The Book Review Café
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
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 ...more
Abbie | ab_reads
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

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
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
Elle's Book Blog
My Rating: 5 Stars
Tropes: Murder Mystery | Suspense | Horror

Hydra is the second book in the Six Stories series and can be read as a complete standalone. First and foremost, I want to say that this book BLEW ME AWAY! I don’t know if it was the authors intention or not but not only was I enthralled in the savagery of the story, but I was also completely creeped out. It takes a lot to scare me and I’ve read my share of horror books throughout my lifetime but this one set me on edge. I got the c
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. ...more
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
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was actually a bit scared reading this!

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
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
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
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.
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
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
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star-reads
Do you want to go inside someone's mind? Do you want a glimpse of the terror, of the confusion? The story? Arla's story? This is your chance. Don't take the opportunity lightly. You'll find out things maybe you'll wish you hadn't.

This is the second of the Six Stories series, and I loved it as much as the first. Love the format. Love the characters. Love the slow build. Arla Macleod's sad story is gripping. The interviews and overlapping interactions with those involved in her life is fascinatin
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

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."

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Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist
Freak freak freak. This was soooooooo goood. Am I living under a rock? Why the heck is this sooo underrated. Ohgod.
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.
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
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, mystery, popcorn, audio
This is the second book in Matt Wesolowski's Six Stories series, which are novels in the form of podcasts investigating old crimes, in the vein of Serial. Each book comprises six episodes told from six characters' points of view, with the host Scott King contextualizing and editorializing in a style very similar to Sarah Koenig's. It's been interesting to see Serial's influence across various media, in the explosion of true-crime podcasts, fictional cold-case podcasts (Limetown is fantastic), a ...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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Unique and devilishly good is an understatement!

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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'
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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.

'Six Stories' was published by Orenda Books in the spring of 2016 with follow-up ‘Hydra’ published in the winter of 2017, 'Changeling' in 2018, 'Beast' in 2019 and 'Deity in 2020

‘Six Stories’ has been optioned by a major Hollywood studio; ‘Changeling’ was longlisted for the Theakston O

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