Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

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Six Stories
By Matt Wesolowski
Publisher: Orenda Books
Kindle ASIN: B01MXTCYE9
Pages: 280
Genre: Mystery

Blurb:

1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby.

2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivalled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. And who’s to blame…

As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth. A chilling, unpredictable and startling thriller, Six Stories is also a classic murder mystery with a modern twist, and a devastating ending


thoughts

Making rounds among some of my favorite bloggers, Six Stories was quickly establishing a reputation and catching eyes. So it wasn’t long after I found myself desiring a good mystery that I decided to take the plunge and explore exactly what the commotion was about. I approached with two questions in mind:

  • Would Six Stories live up to its newfound status?
  • Could Matt Wesolowski actually pull off what promised to be a very distinct and original narration?

Short answer: Yes and Yes.

Longer answer:

Six Stories explores the mystery surrounding the death of a young man named Tom Jeffries whose body was discovered a year after he disappeared during a camping trip. With no answers or evidence, his demise it ultimately ruled an accident.  But somewhere hidden among all of the unanswered questions lies the truth.

“After initial examination of the surrounding woodlands, the perimeters if the search were extended…. After twelve hours, Tom Jeffries’ body had still not been found. After twenty-four hours, the search perimeters were widened further….. No arrests were made.”

It is the chosen path to revelation that makes Six Stories so exceptionally clever and claims its deserved time in the spotlight. Narrated through a series of six interviews provided over the course of six podcast sessions, we are presented with an entourage of somewhat relatable yet at times unreliable individuals. One of which holds the missing piece of the puzzle surrounding Tom’s death.

The author has successfully inserted a full podcast into a book, and it goes off without a hitch! What transpires next is a complex tale delivered through multiple point of views, as each interviewed individual is forced to remember and explore the events leading up to Tom’s disappearance.

Six Stories effectively builds the tension as each session takes the reader deeper into the lives of all who were affected. It brilliantly combines elements of friendship, innocence, rejection, and torment to present a story that explores humanity to a rather large extent. I want to also note here that I have a profound admiration for the author’s ability to address the relevant topic of bullying and the consequences throughout this book.

The writing is immersive and inviting. The world constructed is tangible and unnervingly familiar. The final unveiling is a startling reminder that evil does exist.  Wesolowski takes traditional murder mystery and turns it into the remarkable. Once you enter Scarclaw Fell you will never truly leave again.

“There’s magic here between the trees.”

Honestly recommend this one for all. Enjoy!

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55 thoughts on “Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

  1. You totally jumped my bloghopping queue because I just had to read your thoughts on Six Stories.
    Very, very pleased it hit the mark for you! 🙂 How did you feel about that ending? You could kind of see it coming, right? But it still packed a heavy punch!

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    1. It did and I could! But it worked so well because there was still just enough uncertainty that I did have a few possibilities on the back burner. It was brilliant and loads of wicked fun 🙂 I would love to see more books in this format or even in interview style. Do you know of any?

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      1. hhhmm… have I read any books in similar format? … *thinking*…. I honestly can’t recall any… but if I do remember or come across smth similar, I’ll know who to recommend the book to! ☺

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  2. “The author has successfully inserted a full podcast into a book, and it goes off without a hitch! ” I was wondering this right after reading the blurb & I’m so glad that it delivered. Confession: I am secretly still obsessed with the 1st season of Serial and still follow Adnan Syed’s case very closely online LMAO! this book is now a MUST HAVE! great review Danielle & thank you for sharing your thoughts on a book I hadn’t heard of yet & could’ve missed out on….Amazon cart awaits lol 😉

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    1. I started Serial recently and then was pulled away. I need to restart it! I have secretly obsessed over Making a Murderer on Netflix and am still following up on the details of the case and evidence 😉 I am late to the game, but so fascinated. Add it to your wishlist maybe? 😉 Just saying..

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      1. OMYGAHHH! nO! please finish serial season 1, the 2nd season was a dud for me lol. Making A Murderer you say?!?!?! OBSESSED! co-worker & I have turned over the details of that case so many times and till can’t decide whether we think he’s guilty or not smh. I still check on them from time to time for any updates lol, but nothing gets me hooked quite like Adnan’s case.

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        1. I was really getting into it! My daughter was hooked (mind you much older than your little humans haha) but said same about 2nd. I think I will be picking it back up after this audio. But I still need to calm down about Making a Murderer bahaha.

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  3. You nailed this review my Twin Pea! I’m so so so so happy (and relieved xD) you loved it! The author masters the translation of a podcast and all it triggers onto the pages and just has you hooked from page 1. It’s fantastic, you’re fantastic, and I love you!

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  4. I was very curious to see if you’d enjoy this one and it seems you did, yay :-). It’s sort of a hype by now, which creates higher expectations to start with so I’m really happy that it lived up to your expectations. I don’t think I’m going to read another novel this year as original and refreshing as this one.

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  5. Great review! Both you and Liis have sold me on this– which is impressive, since Six Stories is not the sort of book I’d gravitate towards. I am really interested in seeing how a Podcast is portrayed in a novel. Plus, twists? Yes please!
    Lovely review, Danielle. As always. 😄

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      1. There is a wishlist but I don’t think we can add titles that aren’t already available. It’s basically just to mark books you want if your hold limit is maxed out. But they don’t even automatically get added to holds so I’m not really sure what the purpose is.

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  6. Oh wow I keep seeing this book around and thinking “I have got to read it” and now I think “I really *really* have to read it”!!! Awesome review!! This one’s on my tbr for sure- I just hope I can get to it sometime soon!

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  7. Awesome review! I haven’t read a good thriller in a long time so this is definitely going to find a place on my TBR list. Books which put a different spin on sometimes overused plots and experiment with the narration can be risky, but sometimes it’s a risk worth taking. It’s nice when an author can successfully inject a bit of innovation into a popular genre 🙂

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  8. Why is it that all the awesome bloggers out there have already jumped on the opportunity to read this bad boy???? Maaaaan, I wanna join in on the fun too!!! 😛 No, but, in all honesty, I’m impressed that everyone, including you, have enjoyed this original story-telling style. Definitely super curious about these podcasts. On the verge of hunting for a copy. No.. no. Must. Control. Myself. 😀 😀

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