#BlogTour| #BookReview | #IncidentReport | HYDRA (Six Stories #2) by Matt Wesolowski @ConcreteKraken (January 24th 2018, Orenda Books @OrendaBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for the release of HYDRA (Six Stories #2) by Matt Wesolowski.

I would like to say that it is truly my pleasure to be invited onto this blog tour! Particular thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and Matt Wesolowski who gifted me an early copy of HYDRA. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

HYDRA BF AW.indd

To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 26-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the “Macleod Massacre.”

Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation. King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out.

As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden “games,” online trolls, and the mysterious Black-eyed Children, whose presence extends far beyond the delusions of a murderess.

So, want to know what I thought?

I’ve come to the conclusion that Matt Wesolowski is a Warlock. He must be. For him to take 26 letters of the alphabet and create something pretty outstanding like HYDRA is magic to me!

After reading SIX STORIES last year – I could not WAIT to get my hands on HYDRA. The premise of writing a podcast style serial is a niche which Matt has completely taken over and I can’t think of any other book that adapts this kind of story telling. THAT is a great thing! It makes for a great conversation starter when people ask me for recommendations.

Now, do we talk children? More specifically…creepy, scary children! Black eyed children. Nightmare inducing stuff. It’s creepy, sinister and wonderful. It adds that added horror element to an already intense and chilling story. Arla’s account of what happened to her family and just as important, herself makes for uncomfortable reading.

As with SIX STORIES, the plot moves along at a steady pace. HYDRA is not about the fast action, but about the slow burn. The reader is given time to fully digest each episode and form their own opinions of the story. But this is a Wesolowski novel, there is a twist. A twist that pulls the rug out from under you and leaves you slamming to the ground with a ‘what the f… just happened?’.

I CANNOT wait to read what is next for Scott King! Just how deep and twisted can we go?! I’ll take my number and wait in the long line of readers/authors/bloggers who will continue to champion both Matt and his novels!

About Matt Wesolowski;

Matt W Picture 1

Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor and leads Cuckoo Young Writers creative writing workshops for young people in association with New Writing North.

Wesolowski started his writing career in horror and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous magazines and US anthologies.

Wesolowski was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at ‘Bloody Scotland’; Crime Writing Festival 2015, his subsequent debut crime novel ‘Six Stories’ was published by Orenda Books in the spring of 2017.

You can buy HYDRA (Six Stories #2) from the following bookseller;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository | Waterstones

-S.

Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!

Hydra blog poster 2018 FINAL

#BlogTour #SixStories by Matt Wesolowski @ConcreteKraken (March 2017, @orendabooks)

screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-12-00-10-pm

I would of course, as every #BlogTour like to thank the team at Orenda Books for gifting me an early copy of SIX STORIES. I am forever grateful and and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

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 took 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.

So, you want to know what I think?

Screen Shot 2017-03-26 at 7.31.44 pm

WOW. Wow. wow. wooooooow. Not sure how many different ways I can write WOW?! SIX STORIES completely blew me away and in the best possible way. SIX STORIES is a game changer. THIS is the future of crime fiction.

I read the blurb for this book and was instantly intrigued as to how the story would be set out and how it would read. I also had the pleasure of listening to an extract when the Orenda Roadshow rolled into Leeds on 1st March.

Eventually, when I sat down with this book, I was HOOKED! It really is refreshing to be caught off guard and surprised with a book. I thought I had most crime fiction novels sussed out by now – but SIX STORIES kept me guessing throughout, whilst being pulled into the mystery of what really happened to Tom Jeffries.

I cannot wait to download this on Audible and listen to each of the characters come to life. SIX STORIES is the first feature length novel to include SEVENTEEN separate narrators! Orenda Books have once again proved what a great eye for writing they have. They took a chance on SIX STORIES, and that chance is completely paying off in my eyes!

I can only echo other bloggers when I say I am keen as punch to see what Wesolowski releases next. There is always a high expectation to release something as compelling as the debut (I really do feel for Paula Hawkins!) and I have a suspicion that I don’t need to worry with Wesolowski.


About MATT WESOLOWSKI;

Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor and leads Cuckoo Young Writers creative writing workshops for young people in association with New Writing North.
Matt started his writing career in horror and his short horror fiction has been published in Ethereal Tales magazine, Midnight Movie Creature Feature anthology, 22 More Quick Shivers anthology and many more.
His debut novella The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013 and a new novella set in the forests of Sweden will be available shortly.
Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. He is currently working on his second crime novel Ashes, which involves black metal and Icelandic sorcery.

 

SIX STORIES is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK); http://amzn.to/2o6FzTf

Waterstones; http://bit.ly/2nkDEur

Or if you fancy a truly wonderful audio experience – try the audio book that has SEVENTEEN separate narrators; http://adbl.co/2o6FcrM

-S.

Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in this Blog Tour. See below for further details and be sure to follow all of the action across Twitter!

screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-5-42-24-am

#GoodreadsMonday – Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski @ConcreteKraken (March 15th, 2017 @OrendaBooks) 13/03/2017

Title: SIX STORIES
Author:
Matt Wesolowski
Publisher:
Orenda
Publication Date: March 30th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 5.57.46 am

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

One of my anticipated reads for 2017 is SIX STORIES. The premise of the story is like nothing else I have ever read. I really enjoyed listening to the podcast; SERIAL and SIX STORIES will read as a typed out podcast.

This tag was bought to life by the wonderful Lauren at Page Turner 20

Be sure to go and check out her page for more information on how to get involved!

-S.

screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-5-42-24-am