Author: Matt Wesolowski
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Paperback 271 pages
Release Date: 24 January 2019
Publisher: Orenda Books
Firstly I would like to thank Anne Cater and Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for inviting me to join in this Blog Tour and for the copy of this book provided to me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the dark Wentshire Forest Pass, when his father, Sorrel, stopped the car to investigate a mysterious knocking sound. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995.
Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. Journeying through the trees of the Wentshire Forest – a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there, he talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know what happened to the little boy…
Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought-provoking, Changeling is the latest in the critically acclaimed, international bestselling Six Stories series, written as six Serial-style podcasts, and which are being adapted for TV by a major US studio.
This is the first book I have read from the author’s six stories series and I honestly feel like I turned up late to the best party that’s been held in a long time! I found the concept of telling a story via six different individuals accounts a really novel way of portraying the story to the reader, especially when you add in the main character, Scott King’s recorded entires.
Each interview with a different character explored a completely different perspective to what happened to young Alfie Marsden and their thoughts on how and why he vanished. All of them approached what had happened from unique angles and the sinister and sometimes spooky going’s on had me really unnerved and intrigued as to what had actually happened.
At times I thought we might never actually find a conclusion and it might be one of those unsolved mysteries that raises more questions than is answered. However, and this is a big however, the ending is so out of the blue yet at the same time absolutely perfect. If I could have clapped the author on the back I would have.
I was completely gripped with this book and basically read it it one sitting. I can’t remember the last time I was this completely absorbed with a book. I just loved everything about it: the creepy atmosphere, the unreliable narrators, the mystery, the intrigue, and my god, that ending!
About the Author
Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor for young people in care. Matt started his writing career in horror, and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous UK- an US-based anthologies such as Midnight Movie Creature, Selfies from the End of the World, Cold Iron and many more. His novella, The Black Land, a horror story set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. His debut thriller, Six Stories, was an Amazon bestseller in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, and a WH Smith Fresh Talent pick, and TV rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. A prequel, Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller.
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