OMFG … It’s 4 a.m. and I’ve just finished Changeling the third book in Matt Wesolowski’s Six Stories series, and my god I’m completely blown away once again. It’s my stop on the blog tour with today but before I share my thoughts, here’s the blurb…
ORENDA BOOKS 15 November 2018
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.
Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel, his son and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. He takes a journey 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 where Alfie is…
Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought provoking, Changeling is an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, taking you to places you will never, ever forget.
My thoughts …
Six Stories, Wesolowski’s debut, shot him straight to my favourite author list. Seriously, it was astonishing, especially for a debut. But then, there’s always a little niggle that the author of such a brilliant debut has given their all to that book and nothing else will quite compare. Six Stories was that good I read the paperback, then got and listened to the audio, and read it again on my Kindle!
When Hydra hit my Kindle, I was so bloody excited but a little apprehensive, I can’t lie … I mean, how could he give us anything more? Well, he did! Boy did he!!
Hydra was stupendous.
So, come book three, I know now that Wesolowski isn’t a one book wonder and whatever he writes is going to be beyond brilliant and Changeling did not disappoint. Not one bit.
With the podcast format still in action, Scott King looks at the disappearance of a young boy twenty years ago. He went missing in the middle of the night next to some of the creepiest and scariest woods ever. Steeped with tales of witches and fairies, the woods have a way of driving even the most devout non-believer of the preternatural out in fear and horror.
As Scott digs into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance, all is not what it appeared to be at the time and he is able to uncover facts that the police didn’t at the time and boy is it beyond anything I could have imagined!
Once again, Wesolowski has created a cast of brilliant characters, a twisted and emotionally fraught plot line, and a pace that keeps you rushing through the pages so fast you could put a claim in for whiplash and RSI!
It’s going to take something beyond incredible to beat this as my book of the year and it’s my first read of the year!
If you’re yet to get involved with Matt’s work, do it and do it now!
You can get your copy over at:
You won’t regret it!
Huge thanks to Anne Cater and the team at Orenda Books for my spot on the tour.
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 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 WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, and film rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller.
Follow Matt on Twitter @ConcreteKraken and on his website: mjwesolowskiauthor.wordpress.com