The novel is constructed as a series of podcasts, in which an investigative journalist describes the circumstances around the death of a teenaged boy in an outward-bound centre, interviewing witnesses, suspects and people close to the incident. Their six accounts form the six stories of the title, creating a “chilling and compelling, page-turning thriller that also delves deep into notions of truth, perception and loyalty”.
Title: Six Stories
Author: Matt Wesolowski
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: March 30, 2017
Goodreads Rating: 4.1
My Rating: 4/5
This book was so great for so many reasons. The first being the whole premise and layout of the story. Twenty years ago, 6 friends were camping with a couple of adults when 1 of the kids, Tom, went missing. A year later, Harry, whose father owned the area the kids were staying on, was there with a couple of friends when they found Tom’s body in the marsh.
The story is told in two different ways. The first is through Harry and his narrative which constantly changes between what happened 20 years ago and what is happening in the present. The story is also told through a 6 episode podcast where the host, Scott King, interviews a key person who was present at the camp ground to tell the mystery of what happened to Tom all those years ago.
I really love they way the author told this story. By using the format of the podcast it allowed the story to really be told in layers, which just built the anticipation up for the ending more by each “episode” we went through. It also felt so real, like I was really listening to the podcast. I think in the future I might even listen to the audiobook because I think it would be so fantastic to hear the story come to life that way.
The ending was also something that I didn’t see coming which is always such a plus with a mystery. For the sake of not spoiling it, all I with say is that I found it very creepy and part of me wishes that it went on longer.
Thanks for reading!