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Changeling

(Six Stories #3)

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4.58  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  71 reviews

On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the Wentshire Forest Pass, when a burst tyre forced his father, Sorrel, to stop the car. Leaving the car to summon the emergency services, Sorrel returned to find his son gone. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995.
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published November 15th 2018 by ORENDA BOOKS
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James It can be but I would recommend reading the other two first. Quite apart from the fact that they are all very good, while they are self contained…moreIt can be but I would recommend reading the other two first. Quite apart from the fact that they are all very good, while they are self contained tales, the narrator Scott King's character arc develops across the three books.(less)

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Blair
Matt Wesolowski's Six Stories books have become something of a winter tradition for me. Ever since I read Six Stories on Christmas Eve two years ago, I have been hungry for more – I love the format, the tone, the storytelling – and Wesolowski has delivered with a new book in the series two years running. I really enjoyed Hydra in 2017, and now there's Changeling. It's just as addictive as the others and incredibly creepy at times, yet it also tells a very important, sensitively researched st ...more
Liz Barnsley
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Insanity!! And that's just me....

Brilliant. Scary as all hell. Horrific. Wonderful. Did I say brilliant?

Don't read this when it's dark. No. Seriously. Trust me.

Review will be forthcoming later on the official tour.
Eva
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bloody hell! Like, seriously! WHAT?! I said it last time and I’ll say it again, Matt Wesolowski’s books are just impossible to review! My vocabulary doesn’t stretch far enough to find the words to describe the sheer level of awesomeness this author comes up with time and time again.

If you’re not familiar with the Six Stories series (OMG WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU?!), it’s centred around a true crime podcast in which Scott King investigates cold cases. This time around, the focus is on seven
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Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“We’re beneath different trees this series, but our feet are sounding against the same darkness and once again we’re facing our fears head-on.”

If ever a quote summed up the experience of reading Matt Wesolowski’s books, this chiller from Changeling is perfect.

I had been dying to read Changeling ever since I saw the beautiful cover on Twitter a few months back, and let’s face it, being a superfan means I have literally NO PATIENCE when it comes to waiting for these things. So huge thanks to both
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The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
This review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

Sometimes with a book you just know within the first few pages that you are in for an exceptional read and Changeling is one such book. In short, I fucking loved this book and I fucking love this series! The Six Stories series deserves to be read, Changeling deserves to be a hit and Wesolowski deserves to be a huge name.

The first Six Stories was a fantastic debut and a deliciously dark tale.
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The Book Review Café
If you’re looking for a series with an ingenious plot, a book that’s tense, deliciously dark, a classic mystery with a horror feel then look no further than Changeling by Matt Wesolowski it has all these elements and so much more. This is the third book in the six stories series, although it can easily be read as a stand-alone I would urge you to read the whole series, I loved Six Stories , scared myself silly reading Hydra, which I also happened to love, and Changeling? Definitely the best book ...more
Emily
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"This is flowering into something more horrific than I had imagined."

Changeling is the third book in the Six Stories series, and it's a fantastic companion to Six Stories & Hydra. These books can be read as standalones, but they're so damn good & you should read all of them.

These books are labeled as thrillers, but I see them as both horror and thriller since they have such a sense of creeping dread & there's usually a paranormal aspect. It's so easy to get invested in these stories
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Amy
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2019
Just in case you’ve missed me completely raving about this series in the past, here are my thoughts on Six Stories and Hydra. Changeling is the third book and while they can all be read as standalones, you really and truly do not want to miss any of them. They’re all so amazing and innovative, completely unlike anything else I’ve read before and they all come highly recommended by me. AND, they get better with each book, they honestly do and this one? I was utterly blown away in the end.

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Robyn
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alfie Marsden, a seven year old boy vanishes on Christmas Eve in 1988 in the Wentshire Forest. He is never seen or heard from again. It has been thirty years and the case of the missing boy has been filed away as a cold case still yet unsolved. What happened to Alfie? Did someone have something to do with his disappearance or is something more sinister and evil at play in Wenstshire Woods?

Scott King, a podcaster who investigates cold cases, is sent a letter asking for him to take a look into th
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Joanne Robertson
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who knows me knows what an incredible wimp I am when it comes to scary movies and books but that I also have a terrible fear of missing out so just have to put myself through them for some weird and wonderful reason. But at least I can hide behind a cushion for movies-it’s very difficult to read a book that way though! Having read the first two books in the Six Stories series there was no way I wasn’t going to immerse myself in the third and I’m so glad that I did as this is the best one ...more
Amy Bruno
Changeling exceeded all of my expectations! Matt Wesolowski is a damn genius I tell you! A GENIUS!

Scott King is the host of the Six Stories podcast. He receives a letter from a listener one day asking him to cover a 30 year old case of a missing child. He's reluctant to do it, but he's intrigued and ultimately agrees. The Six Stories podcast looks at a case from 6 different points of view with King interviewing people associated with the case. Each installment of the podcast gives a new perspec
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Louise Beech
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. God. What a raw and intense reaction I had when I finished the last lines of this book. I was on the bus going to work (where I always read) and had tears on my cheeks. Such a powerful read. Scary, very much. (If anyone had knocked on ANYTHING while I was reading this I would have died!) Mysterious, always. Intense, yes. Twisty and turny, totally. But emotional too. What an ending! I want to read it all over again soon. Just Wesolowski's best so far.
Jessica
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Christmas Eve 1988 marks the night that seven-year-old Alfie Marsden disappeared into the Wentshire Forest. Alfie’s father, Sorrel, claims that he pulled over because he heard a tapping noise coming from under the hood. Sometime between Sorrel getting out of the car, checking under the hood, and returning to the driver’s seat, Alfie vanished. No trace of the child was ever found. No body ever discovered.

Online journalist and Six Stories podcast host, Scott King, has received a mysterious letter
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Zoé-lee O'farrell
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! Where do you begin with writing a review for a book like this! I will never EVER have the words for it. But OH MY GOD OH MY GOD and OH MY GOD, even they do not cover it! I still need to write my review for Six Stories and finish Hydra but to date, this book was the most epic.

It is all the buzzwords you can think of amazeballs, fantastic, epic, twisty, spooky, creepy and did I say AMAZING!!!

With the disappearing of little Alfie Marsden occurring in 1988, no one knows what happened that day
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Stephanie
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Changeling could be read as standalone novel but I would recommend reading Six Stories and Hydra first. Not just because they are great books but it will also make you familiar with the format and Scott King. Changeling is my favourite one out of the three.

I struggle to describe how this novel made me feel. And how it was responsible for lost sleep. In my wisdom, I decided to start this book late one night. With its level of eeriness, unexplained events, sounds and threats from, bizarrely, a for
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Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
This will make you shiver and the hairs on your arms stand up. Bloody brilliant. I read this over the Christmas break and it managed to slither its way into my top twenty reads of 2018. This book should come with a warning… Once you open it, you won’t want to close it. It’s all you will think about. A highly anticipated read you all need to read.

I absolutely love this series so far. Its outstanding. Unique. Different. I do however still need to read the first book where it all started. Changelin
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Beth (bibliobeth)
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all, thank you so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for providing the free digital copy in exchange for an honest review. I've become a huge fan of Matt Wesolowski's work after thoroughly enjoying both novels in the Six Stories series - Six Stories and the prequel, Hydra and was so delighted to get my spot on this blog tour that I might have given a very loud "whoop!" Now, I've sat down three times and tried to compose m ...more
Anne
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this episode we will be delving into the latest novel penned by Matt Wesolowski, the critically acclaimed, international bestselling author of the Six Stories series. In this third novel, Changeling, Matt continues the unique and clever serial format based around six podcasts. Over the next few paragraphs I will attempt to whet your appetite, after which, it’s up to you the reader to obtain a copy and draw your own conclusions. I don’t profess to being a literary critic, I’m simply going to o ...more
Beverley
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
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Short version of my review:

Oh. My. God. What did I just read? MATT! 😳😱🙊😕 I have a MAJOR book hangover. Changeling is fab. Read it.

Long version of my review:

I’m not shy about how much I love Matt Wesolowski’s writing, Six Stories and Hydra are both great reads and Changeling, the third book in the Six Stories series is no different. If you’re unfamiliar with the Six Stories series then a brief recap: they are books written in a podcast style and examine a cri
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Ingstje
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh how long I've been dying to tell everyone how much I LOVED this book! I was already a fan of the Six Stories series since I discovered the first novel and I knew this would be good but let me tell you this one's really criminally good.

Changeling was bold, unrelenting and without a doubt my SCARIEST READ EVER. The novel is only 173 pages long but that was more than enough to really rattle me.

I seriously love novels with stories drenched in legend and folklore and Changeling made optimal use of
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This is an early review I know but put this on your lists to be read NOW. It’s one of my best books of the year. Oh sweet all that is good in the bookshop – this is a brilliant read from start to finish. And what a finish! Totally taken aback. Didn’t see that coming at all!

The Six Stories is one of the best series I’ve read in a long time and this is my favourite yet. I read it in daylight hours just to be on the safe side. Just as well – this book is creepy and th
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Maria
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I know is only 8th of January, but right now I can assure you this book will be on my top ten next year, is a must read!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve already read the reviews of the two previous books of this series, Six Stories, all of them are a great read. But this one is my favourite: hunting, real and twisted, any book lover’s dream book!
The Six Stories series is a book told like a podcast, every time I read one of the books I can listen to the voice of Scott King on
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Vikki Patis
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These audiobooks are always brilliantly performed, and the stories are engaging and gripping. Different to anything else I've read, Six Stories are always well-written and, I believe, enhanced further in audiobook format. They usually cross genres too, slipping in hints at the supernatural, and becoming pretty scary at times. Changeling is no exception.

The big twist was one I was waiting for with baited breath throughout the final quarter of the book. It was delivered well, and now, of course,
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Kaitlin
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really strong showing in the third (maybe final? who knows) instalment of this series.

Once again, I had the twist figured out, but I didn't even care because it was a really excellent direction to take the plot.

If you've not gotten into this series, please, please do. They're so good. A knockout audiobook for the third time in a row as well.

I've enjoyed this series immensely and hope there's more to come. Though, if there isn't, this was a hell of a way to cap it off.
Dave
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018, boty2018
Solid five stars. Finished it in the early hours, too good to put down and who needs sleep?
Ellen
Jan 12, 2019 added it
Review to follow over at Bibliophilebookclub.com on 27th of January.
Beadyjan
Amazing the authors best 6 stories book yet. Review to follow as part of the official blog
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Donna Maguire
https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/...

I read the author’s previous book, Hydra and loved it so was eagerly awaiting the release of this one, the next in the Six Stories series!

I read the book over the Christmas period having held back for as long as possible as I wanted to make it a treat for me as I knew as soon as I started reading the story I would devour it in one sitting!

I started the book late one night (possibly not the best time for reading a book like this) and finished it the follo
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James
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the author’s Six Stories series and follows on from the first book, titled Six Stories (see my review here: https://bit.ly/2S4vNmm), and its sequel Hydra (which I reviewed here: https://bit.ly/2CyvI0F). Once again we’re with Scott King and his popular Six Stories True Crime podcast. King is not an investigative journalist as he is at pains to explain; rather than looking to solve a case or undo a miscarriage of justice, he examines cases through six different perspectiv ...more
Priya Shrinath
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full review here: https://wp.me/pajm6f-iJ

Changeling is the third in Matt Wesolowski’s series of ‘Six Stories’ where Scott King, a psychologist runs a true crime podcast – the mysteries are presented in the form of episodes, 6 of them told from 6 different point of views, thereby unleashing the horrors of the crime to his listeners. This is the first book for me from the series and the format, and style of storytelling was totally new to me and I was completely attracted to it right from page 1.
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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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