Orenda Books 24th January 2019
On Christmas Eve in 1998, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the dark of Wentshire Forest Pass, when his father, Sorrell, stopped the car to investigate a mysterious knocking sound. No trace of the child, not 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 Sorrell 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.
So, the third in the Six Stories series, a series that I and many others are highly committed to, enthusiastic about and eagerly awaiting the next instalment. And friends, the wait is practically over, publishing tomorrow Changeling hits the market.
Still feeling incredibly original Changeling sees Scott King introduce another six part podcast looking at an unsolved crime. This time the disappearance of a young boy some 30 years ago. The blurb tells you everything you need to know about the story, the plot is very strong, the format highly readable and engaging and the mystery kept me guessing.
These books are dark and I particularly love the way the author tangles in strands of the supernatural, encompassing urban myths and hauntings. I’ve always been intrigued by folklore and tales, wondering where these stories come from and a small part of me continues to believe there are some truths in these stories, in a ‘no smoke without a fire’ mentally. Matt Wesolowski plays into this very well and his books, particularly this one and Hydra have a spooky undercurrent, perhaps magnified by the ‘true-crime’ nature of the fact finding podcasts.
This book was everything I hoped it would be – everything I have come to expect from the Six Stories series. Written entirely in the first person, the characters come alive, their voices heard as they tell their story and for the reader I think this is a unique experience, personally I feel like I am experiencing the podcast. A Brilliant, hard to put down read, with some dark and troubling themes, which the author comments on at the end as these issues are common and hidden in society today.
Absolutely recommended by me, personally I would also recommend starting a series at the beginning, but if you don’t I think this would work on its own. Thanks as always for reading.
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 and 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 and international bestseller.
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