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. FOR FANS OF SERIAL
Six Stories is one of the most compelling books of 2017. With the interest of true-life murder podcasts, like Serial, I can see Six Stories being huge. I’ve never been a podcast listener, and I’ve never listened to Serial or watched Making A Murderer on Netflix, but there is something compelling about finding out the truth about things that leave you feeling iffy. Six Stories tells the tale of what happened at Scarclaw Fell, through six different perspectives and, boy, is it compelling.
With a book like this, it’s definitely plot driven rather than character driven because the writing of the novel doesn’t really allow you to get to know the characters and, in typical thriller fashion, there is a sense of unease while you’re reading. It’s a super compelling novel, and it’s so, so unique in its writing style. I love an author who pushes the writing boundaries like that and Matt Wesolowski has knocked it out of the park with Six Stories.
Unique, original, compelling, Six Stories is everything you might ask for in a book. It keeps you hooked from beginning to end, and Scarclaw Fell sounded deliciously creepy. Orenda Books seem to publish nothing but top-notch books and Six Stories is yet another brilliant addition to their staple. I thoroughly enjoyed Six Stories and its unique, original storytelling methods will delight you, as it delighted me. I honestly cannot rave about the format enough, it was fantastic.