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Six Stories

Published Date: 1st September 2016

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9781910633632
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24th December 2016
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9781910633625
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15 March 2017

Description

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.

WHSmith Fresh Talent Pick for Summer 2017

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‘Wonderfully horrifying … the suspense crackles’ James Oswald

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An easy 4 stars for Six Stories. For fans of thrills, chills and an up-to-date take on the darker side of society. J.S. Collyer

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‘Wonderfully atmospheric. Matt Wesolowski is a skilled storyteller with a unique voice. Definitely one to watch’ Mari Hannah

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‘A tight, claustrophobic mystery’ David F. Ross

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‘A remarkable debut from a fine new fictional voice. Written as a series of six podcasts, which attempt to uncover the truth about the death of young Tom Jeffries, this compelling narrative pulls you in from the start and keeps you in its grip to the bitter twisted end. A great book!’ Shelley Day

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‘A stunning piece of writing – chock full of atmosphere, human insight and beautiful writing. Take a note of this guy’s name. He’s going to be huge!’ Michael J. Malone

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‘Following the success and major interest in podcasts such as Serial and This American Life, Six Stories draws its inspiration from the current digital age and relates it back to a two-decades-old murder in a very inventive and intriguing way. Dark, mysterious and definitely not without elements of horror, I was more than a little unsettled while I read it. A genre-bending book, with some hauntingly threatening prose … I could not put it down. Highly recommended!’Bibliophile Book Club

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‘Six Stories is a stunning literary thriller with a killer ending. This is going to be in my top ten books of the year, for sure’
Liz Loves Books

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‘Pulsating with life, with characters who are so incredibly realistic and a plot that is both haunting and terrifying, Six Stories is bang up to the minute, relevant and fresh. This is a book that knocks the breath out of the reader. Six Stories is genre-busting: it’s a crime story, a psychological thriller, a coming-of-age story. An absolute triumph and highly recommended’

Random Things through My Letterbox

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‘My verdict? WOW! Six Stories is unlike anything else I’ve read. It’s current, fresh
and skilfully delivered. An eerie spine-tingling read, it’s unpredictable and chilling and kept me guessing all the way through. Matt Wesolowski has built up a dark, atmospheric setting with his vivid descriptive prose. The voices were
so distinctive that I felt like I was listening to a podcast rather than simply
reading the transcript. Everyone will want to read this book – and should. Outstanding’ Off-the-Shelf Books

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‘A quirky, but extremely well-written thriller set around the imagined Scarclaw Fell in Northumberland. Six Stories scores extremely well in the dialogue and authenticity of the interviews – whether held in person, by Skype or by phone … you feel they are actually happening. Matt Wesolowski has created a very clever concept’ Trip Fiction

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‘A complex and subtle mystery, unfolding like dark origami to reveal the black heart inside’ Michael Marshall Smith

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‘Wonderfully horrifying … the suspense crackles’ James Oswald ‘Original, inventive and brilliantly clever’ Fiona Cummins

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‘The literary equivalent of dark metal – gritty, dark, often shocking, and always exciting. A masterful debut’ Kati Hiekkapelto

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‘Matt Wesolowski is a natural. By that I mean that this is the kind of writing you can’t learn. You either can or you can’t. Six Stories is chilling, beautiful, addictive, dark, haunting and utterly magical. There’s a constant thread of menace and chill, like if you look up, you too will see a gruesome face at the window, and you’ll know it’s because you’re reading this book! This one deserves to fly high, and I think it will.’ Louise Beech

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‘Weolowski evokes the ominous landscape and eerie atmosphere of the area with sharp, direct prose, and through his podcaster, Scott King, he slowly unpicks the knots that tied the tight-knit group of Tom’s teenage friends together. There is more than a whiff of modern horror here, and The Blair Witch Project feels like a touchstone, but the meat of the story is the typically fractious and fraught relationships between the teenagers struggling to find their place in the world and their role within society. Impeccably crafted and gripping from start to finish.’ The Big Issue

Author

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.

Online Reviews

‘I turned the pages with trepidation and fear at times. Unsure of what I was going to read. The ominous feeling of dread crept over me more than once during the course of this book. However, it is so gripping and enthralling that I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen. The anticipation was heightened as the reader is drawn into a spiderweb narrative and it was just the right amount of the unknown. I can’t talk about Six Stories fully, not without giving away the subtle nuances that Matt Wesolowski has embedded into this chilling novel. Dark, mysterious and definitely not without elements of horror (for me, unseen terror is the WORST!), I was more than a little unsettled while I read it.’

Bibliophile Book Club

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Six Stories is genre busting, it’s a crime story, a psychological thriller, a coming-of-age story. I will appeal to readers of all ages and genders. Gripping, fascinating and wholly entertaining. Matt Wesolowski is a very welcome new voice in fiction. An absolute triumph and highly recommended from me’ Random Things Through My Letterbox

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‘This gripping and slightly intense tale is one of the most unique and original plot driven stories I have ever read. It is fabulously written, and is absolutely ‘unputdownable’. In fact every time I did, which wasn’t often – I read this novel in a record breaking four hours, I couldn’t wait to pick it back up. Matt Wesoloski has written a gritty and arousing read.. full of mystery and atmospherically eerie. The unveiling of the secrets, feelings and truths about Tom Jefferies death leads the reader scared and shaking to a brilliant ending. It is a perfect escape novel. I have read many brilliant reads from Orenda but Six Stories hits my TOP TWO.’ Postcard Reviews

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‘Wesolowski has taken a unique structure and used it to create a brilliantly written, enigmatic novel that draws the reader into the mystery of this story. Whilst Scott King focuses on the past, the inclusion of Harry returning to the fell weaved throughout, provides the reader with a multi-faceted narrative that keeps the reader fascinated. I loved the structure and what it brought to the mystery of this tale, bringing a modern twist to a traditional “whodunnit”. I will be happily recommending this novel to anyone who loves a good thriller.’ Segnalibro

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‘This structure of narration was BRILLIANT!  I literally couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Couple this along with writing that was crisp and seamless and you’ve got a story that begs you to read it in one sitting.  Everything about this book grabbed my attention and had me trying to put together clues…every person interviewed created a new ripple of doubt in what the person before them had said about that night and pretty soon you realize you’re in a well choreographed story of lies and halftruths.  And the ending…well I didn’t see THAT coming. Well done Matt Wesolowski!’ It’s Book Talk

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Matt takes part in an interview as part of the blog tour. Books, Life & Everything

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‘With Six Stories, Matt Wesolowski has shown that there are still new ways to excavate mystery within the crime fiction genre. From the sounds of his next crime novel, which promises to melt black metal with Icelandic sorcery, it seems that originality is going to remain his stock-in-trade throughout his writing career.’ Bolo Books

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‘In the background to this, almost as a sub-plot, is the belief that there was some ethereal, unwholesome, evil being roaming the area at the time, a belief built up by local rumour and exaggerated scary tale telling that all adds to the spooky tense feel of the book. I just wanted everyone to go away while I was reading this and leave me in peace to read it. Each time I put the book down, I was itching to return to it. Outstanding 5***** from me.’ Mrs Bloggs Books

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‘What a creepily fantastic book! And man, that curve-ball thrown at the very end, WOW!  Didn’t see that one coming. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I was so engrossed, I had to fight myself to stop reading it. I was literally lost in this book, and once I did put it down, I had to just sit back and think for a moment, of how this book could possibly end. I was so worried that it was going to end in the typical fashion. But I was so pleasantly surprised.’ The Pages in Between

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Matt writes a guest post as part of the Blog Tour. Emma the Little Bookworm

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‘It is a difficult book to read without giving away too much but if you enjoy podcasts, serialised books with a high level of spookiness you won’t be disappointed. It’s also fantastic storytelling in a unique style.’ Steph’s Book Blog

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‘I have deliberately been a little vague in this review, as to reveal anymore would just spoil the book for any would be reader. Suffice to say this is, as stated, ‘a classic murder mystery’ but it is also more than that. It crosses multiple genres with Matt Wesolowski’s background in writing horror seeping through the pages. There is a psychological aspect, there is a very human story and there is an unsolved murder. There are unexpected twists and there are truths unveiled.’ Swirl & Thread

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Six Stories is an eerie spine-tingling read. It’s unpredictable and chilling and kept me guessing all the way through. I don’t scare easily, but certainly found this book unsettling. Matt Wesolowski has built up a dark, atmospheric setting with his vivid descriptive prose. The voices were so distinctive that I felt like I was listening to a podcast rather than simply reading the transcript. I built up a picture of the people, relationships between characters and an amazing sense of place. It felt more like fact than fiction – and I had to keep reminding myself that Scarclaw Fell isn’t real!’ Off-the-Shelf Books

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‘Everybody should read Six Stories and everybody should learn the name Matt Wesolowski, it is a name every household should know. This is the most original book I have read in a long, long time and I will be watching with interest as to what happens next with this writer. Don’t take my word for it. I urge you to read this book and form your own opinions.’  Reflections of a Reader

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Matt talks about finding his own voice and influences as part of the book tour. Reader Dad

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Matt talks about his life in books as part of the blog tour. Random Things through my Letterbox

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‘I was certain, before the end, that I knew who was responsible. But I wasn’t prepared for what I read in those final pages. The perpetrator was not so much of a surprise. Their overriding motive perhaps better hidden than you may expect, but it was still not a complete surprise. But that ending… Well, that ending was a surprise. It truly was. Well done Mr Wesolowski. A very nice sting in that particularly poisonous tale. A very creeping, slow building and tantalisingly surprising read. 5 stars.’

Jen Meds Book Reviews

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Six Stories is like no other book I have ever read it’s highly original and superbly executed, and makes for an absorbing and thrilling read. Matt Wesolowski is a refreshing and powerful new voice in crime fiction and is certainly one to watch out for.’ The Book Review Café

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Matt writes a piece for Shots mag as part of the blog tour. Shots Mag UK

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‘There is much to be said for presenting a murder mystery in an original format and I was quickly drawn into this tale. The denouement was unexpected with a few threads left for the reader to interpret. Just as the podcasts were designed to encourage discussion amongst listeners, so the tale raises issues it would be interesting to further consider. With this in mind, it would be a perfect choice for a Book Group.’ Never Imitate

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‘But, hang on…. Six Stories isn’t just any thriller. It’s a damn scary one at times! Nanna Wrack terrified me so much that I daren’t stay up reading it on my own. I can’t remember the last time a book had that effect on me (in fact, I’m not normally a fan of horror or spooky but this was really well done). A great book: original, engaging and written by an author that is one to watch. Highly, highly recommended!’ The Book Whisperer

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‘As each of them is interviewed years later, a fuller picture emerges of the dynamics within the group — the teenage angst, the crushes and bullying — and is the part for me that really works well, rather than the overriding whodunnit narrative, which is confusing at times. A genuine genre-bending debut.’

The Daily Mail

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‘The chapters are split between the interviews and a narration that takes you right where the worst took place and I was comforted in my choice to dislike camping and the outdoors in general. The frightening descriptions make the setting of the crime absolutely creepy and turns a beautiful but dangerous place into an eerie and living location. The place literally breathed and I could smell its fetid odor emitted from the pages. As the story unfolded, I just couldn’t stop reading and was so happy to be spared the wait for another episode.’ Chocolate N Waffles

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‘I really liked the ending, even though it didn’t pan out the way I expected, but a small part of me felt something was missing and I mean that in a good way! This book has no conclusion, no wrap up of events, as the reader, you are left to make up your own mind on who and what you believe, once the last interview is over, the book just ends and then the cogs in your brain start turning….’

 Keeper of Pages

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‘I had worked out what had happened before the reveal but Matt Wesolowski draws the strands of the story together so well I was just happy to follow the story to it’s conclusion. Atmospheric, chilling and compellingly written I thoroughly enjoyed reading this debut novel. I look forward to reading more from Matt Wesolowski soon.’ From First Page to Last

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Matt writes a guest post as part of the blog tour. The Writing Garnet

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‘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.’ Girl vs Books

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‘The characters are some of the most rich and interesting I have read! And Nanna Wrack – wow! I think she is my favourite! Within the first few pages, Six Stories lays claim on your thoughts and forces you into a state of perpetual enthrallment. And by the end… Well, you’ll have to wait and see… Blowing between past and present, legends and reality twirl a deadly dance with one another in this haunting tale of ethereal darkness and mystery. I urge you to read this incredible book! I can’t WAIT for more from Matt!’ Ronnie Turner

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‘This is a brilliantly woven plot, the podcasts giving a different voice throughout the narrative alongside Henry in the present day dealing with the demons he still carries from the property that has been passed onto him. The unravelling of the events leading up to Tom’s disappearance is fantastically plotted out with depth and fear! I cannot believe that this is a debut but can completely understand why Wesolowski won the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015 and I cannot wait for his second novel.’ Have Books Will Read

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.‘This is one of those books that you don’t want to miss a dot or a coma and that the silences can talk. Instead of reading it, you will listen to the voices of the persons who were involved. The case was left as an accident by the police, but there are some unanswered questions, will we know the real answers or just some half truths? I loved this book since the first page, but the ending blowed my mind! Perfect, original and so unexpected that I just can say, read it now!’ Varietats

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Six Stories is a mesmerising story that you will easily get lost into. It brings past and present colliding together to reveal secrets that I for one could never have guessed. Highly recommended.’

By the Letter Book Reviews

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‘The search for the truth has gone beyond traditional police work and investigative journalism. Now the public want to feel part of the investigation; wanting more and more access to witnesses and documentation surrounding these mysteries. The days of Cagney and Lacey are a distant memory. This novel is sharp as a butchers knife, cutting straight through to the nerve of its reader. A read-in-one-sitting experience that will surely inspire many authors to explore new methods of narration. Highly Recommended.’ Bleach House Library

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Matt takes part in a Q & A and talks about how Six Stories was created. The Crime Review

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‘This is a dark, creepily atmospheric and horrifically intense scrutiny of a crime told in an unapologetically contemporary style. It reminded me of the first time I read Into The Woods by Tana French. I got the same goosebumps that told me this was the start of something very special indeed and I can’t wait to read whatever Matt Wesolowski writes next. But can I also just say that NEVER before has a book been so ripe for an audio book adaptation! Bring it on!’ My Chestnut Reading Tree

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‘I loved the ending of this novel and felt it stayed true to the author’s intent.  Six stories is a distressing tale looking at extreme ends of teenage group dynamics and parenting issues to name but a few of the things it touches on, whilst telling the story of what happened to Tom Jefferies on that fateful night in 1996.’  The Very Pink Notebook

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Matt picks three books for the secret library. Café Thinking

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Six Stories is dark and disturbing in places, with an unsettling feeling of dread creeping up as you delve further into the story and the events on Scarclaw Fell. I know it’s only March, but I will call it now – Six Stories will be one of my books of 2017, and I would be very surprised if it’s not very near the top of the list. I highly recommend it.’ Espresso Coco

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‘Truly, I think the only way this book could become more brilliant would be to experience it as an audiobook; it would truly blur the lines between reality and fiction. You want to get lost in a book? Wesolowski makes it easy.  I rated this one a 4/5 stars.’ Clues & Reviews

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‘Place is of the utmost important in this novel – not specifically the northern setting, although I found that it rung very true for me – but the sense of place as a compelling presence. The woodland, with its ethereal appeal and hold over the cast of characters, is at once remedial and menacing. There is more than a little horror creeping through Wesolowski’s settings, as well as several of the individual story lines.’ The Turnaround Blog

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‘Oh lordy I can’t continue without mentioning the very sinister mythical Naana Wrack. This legendary individual sent shivers down my spine as she appeared more throughout the story! And oh the goosebumps for the finale of the story!!!! Matt Wesolowski has created a creepy tale that keeps you guessing!!’ Crime Book Junkie

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Matt writes a guest post as part of the blog tour. Cheryl M-M’s Book Blog

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‘The one great aspect of this is that it in my view was completely unpredictable and I was never sure what was coming in the next podcast. I will not give any clues here as to how this ends but I found this to be a dark and at times very unsettling and sinister for different reasons but one thriller I am so glad I have read and Matt Wesolowski is a writer I am looking forward to hearing more of. Yet again Orenda Book has pulled off another great scoop of a novel and one that you need to read and be warned. Once started you will not put this book down. It is impossible.’ The Last Word Review

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‘The whole thing was brilliantly, cleverly executed and a highly immersive read. You could feel the chill in the air, hear the sounds of the forest, see glimpses of the unknown skulking about. The ending was utterly perfect, I really can’t find fault with any aspect of this one and I’m praying that Wesolowski is currently working on his next book.’ Novel Gossip

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SIX STORIES is simply a stunning debut crime novel. Its plotting, pacing, and unique content make it one of the most impressive books I’ve read recently. Wesolowski is a major new talent in crime fiction, and I cannot wait to see what he does next.’ Crime By the Book

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‘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.’

The P Turners Book Blog

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Six stories received a great review in the Sunday Mirror.

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‘To call Six Stories a fictionalized version of a Serial-type podcast doesn’t do justice to Wesolowski’s gripping writing, inventiveness, or the elements of a classic mystery that appear here in a slightly different format than the norm. Wesolowski is especially skilled at utilizing the setting to enhance a naturally suspenseful story—he’s written horror novellas set on the Northumberland coast and the forests of Sweden, respectively, and in this case, the forbidding landscape of Scarclaw Fell becomes a character in its own right. While those who enjoy the Serial podcasts will probably enjoySix Stories as well, it’s perhaps more notable for those who love classic mysteries. Six Stories offers a new style of mystery, one that encapsulates the twenty-first century, the Internet, and social media, even as its characters struggle to recall—or forget—a time before such things.’ Foreward Reviews

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Matt talks about ‘tying up the threads’ as part of the blog tour. Bloomin Brilliant Books

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Matt talks about the burning desire to write and his challenging pupils as a teacher.

Portobello Book Blog

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SIX STORIES is a clever, original and captivating debut from gifted storyteller Wesolowski. If you are looking for a book that is suspenseful, eerie and a little bit unique, I would certainly recommend SIX STORIES. I will most certainly keeping an eye out for this author in the future.’

The Curious Ginger Cat

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‘I felt completely manipulated by the characters; my emotions were twisted as new “facts” are uncovered with each podcast; I felt a sense of being a voyeur watching a horror show unfold; I had the fear, within 20 mins of falling asleep after finishing the book I woke up with absolute night terrors! compelling; atmospheric, spine-tingling, it’s the unseen terrors that cause us the most fear – think Blair Witch project with bells on it! Read it and weep!’ Chapter in my Life

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‘‘Six Stories’ has been beautifully written. It is a thought provoking, haunting and thrilling read which will keep you guessing. This could well be one of my favourite books of the year.’ A Lover of Books

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‘What English tutor Wesolowski has created in his debut novel is a tense, dark tale of destruction, delivered with innovative style. Initially, the narrative in its podcast format with frequent changes of viewpoint and typography can be difficult to unpick, although there’s no doubt it would make an instantly accessible audio book. However, it’s worth sticking with the printed version, not only for the eerie beauty of its cover but also because you become drawn ever deeper into the secrets unlocked in each suspenseful episode and finally gratified by Six Stories‘ devastating ending.’ Claire Thinking

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‘The interview/podcast format is superb. The individual episodes are broken up with very short sequences which are not part of the podcast but these add an additional dark and intriguing element to the tale. Six Stories is incredibly atmospheric and the interview sections give a real intimacy to the telling of the story. At times it did not feel like I was reading a book – more akin to listening to an old story teller spinning a yarn for the crowd in a smoky tavern. If you want a richly rewarding reading experience then Six Stories is it.’ Grab This Book

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‘This novel just packs a punch and is such an original and refreshing read, where the main protagonist takes a back sit and allows the reader to come to their own conclusions about what exactly happened to Tom Jeffries. I absolutely loved this and cannot recommend this highly enough: it is a must read for all crime fans!’ Chillers, Killers & Thrillers

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‘The story itself is a beautifully twisted tale, slowly slowly things are revealed, each “episode” bringing new information to light, not necessarily traditionally but through the reader slowly coming to know the players involved in this drama. The setting is stunningly drawn, often insanely creepy, the mythology and legend embedded into the plot makes it so much more than just a mystery – it kind of gets under your skin, whilst it is not sudden jump scary you find yourself switching the light on when you awake at 3am because you feel like something is hovering. Really beautifully done.’ Liz Loves Books

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‘One of these books you so wish you’d thought of first…and, really, such original ideas don’t come along to make me think that very often, so I can’t give it higher praise than that….I’ve been thinking, yep, if Hitchcock were around nowadays, he’d love this idea too…’ Crime Worm

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‘Oh lordy I can’t continue without mentioning the very sinister mythical Naana Wrack. This legendary individual sent shivers down my spine as she appeared more throughout the story! And oh the goosebumps for the finale of the story!!!! Matt Wesolowski has created a creepy tale that keeps you guessing!! I’m not a huge fan of audio books but given the way this story is told, I think it would make very interesting listening. This was reinforced when I heard the author doing a reading at the recent Orenda Roadshow when he put on different voices for his reading!’ Crime Book Junkie

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‘I’m not sure what else to say, other than READ THE BOOK! What do you have to lose? It’s a teeny little thing, but I’m confident you’ll be thinking about it long after you’ve closed the last page and moved on to the next. Highly recommended for those who enjoy crime fiction with a noir feel!’

The Suspense is Thrilling Me

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‘Yes, one can question why the authorities didn’t investigate the death as thoroughly as they might have done in the first place – and even why some of the respondents chose to be interviewed after so long. But that would be churlish. Matt Wesolowski has created a very clever concept that works really well.’

 Trip Fiction

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‘I really liked the way the ending left me to draw my own conclusion. It felt fitting considering the presenter, Scott King, had encouraged this throughout the book. Overall I’d give this book 4.5 out of 5. It’s a brilliantly modern and gripping take on the classic thriller. I’d definitely recommend giving it a read.’ Misti Moo Book Review

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‘Ultimately this is an author who knows exactly how to create a chilling atmosphere and who is able to tell a chilling story in a most imaginative and yes, chilling, way! Recommend!’ Bibliomaniac

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‘It’s definitely a unique read – for a debut book it’s altogether something else. Podcasts wrapped up in intrigue, a web of lies and some of the most complex characters you’ll ever meet. Tell you something, those Northumberland woods will never look the same again…’ The Book Trail

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Blue Book Balloon shows an extract of the book and offers a giveaway as part of the blog tour.

Blue Book Balloon

Matt writes a fantastic piece about his favourite crime novels as part of his blog tour.

The Quiet Knitter

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‘The novel is essentially a crime thriller but its Wesolowski’s unique narrative structure that sets Six Stories apart. The story is a series of podcasts which set out to investigate an historical murder at an outward-bounds centre in Northumberland. The host of the podcast, Scott King, looks at the case from the perspective of a different characters in each episode. In terms of storytelling this works and allows the full events to unfold as they would if you, the reader, were the investigators.’

Words Shortlist

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‘I thoroughly enjoyed Six Stories and found it to be a gripping and intriguing mystery told in an inventive way. A haunting and unsettling debut from an exciting new voice, I will look forward to reading more from Matt Wesolowski!’ The Owl on the Bookshelf

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‘The tension is on the verge of overwhelming in Six Stories. The author’s writing is extremely atmospheric and he paints such a vivid picture of Scarclaw Fell that I could completely imagine the creepy and eerie place. The atmospheric description made it all sound very spooky and intriguing. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to a podcast before so I wasn’t sure how much this book would appeal to me but honestly it is such a brilliant book bursting with originality and an unforgettable mystery. Six Stories is a must-buy, a must-read and a book you must recommend to everyone you know because it is a book that deserves to be read, a truly unmissable read.’ Book Drunk

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‘This is a fantastic debut, incredibly assured. On the strength of Six Stories, Matt Wesolowski is someone who’s work, like the beast of Scarclaw Fell, I will hungrily devour in the future.’

The Crime Novel Reader

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Matt writes a great guest post about the terror of reviews as part of the blog tour.

My Reading Corner

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‘Noooo! I’m left balancing on the edge!!!! What have I just read? What a story!!!!! From the get go I have had chills up and down my spine. Six Stories is just amazing and with a completely different concept to any form of writing I’ve ever read (it’s written as six podcasts) it absolutely 100% sheds new light on fiction. It’s a good old fashioned coming of age and a classic ‘who done it’ projected into the 21st century. Seriously, seriously, SERIOUSLY good!’ Page Turners Nook

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Six Stories is a terrific mystery story, well-written and full of suspense which builds up slowly throughout the book until the final chapter when I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The stripped back story meant that I had to draw my own conclusions on what had happened and the rights and wrongs of the actions of those involved. It’s a really unusual book which I found very compelling, with the author creating a rather ominous atmosphere throughout.’ Portobello Book Blog 

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The Cover of Six Stories was chosen as a Book Cover of Note for April 2017. The Casual Optimist

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‘The ending… the synopsis of the book describes the ending as devastating and it’s the truth. I bawled my eyes out. Totally unashamed about it as well. It was sad, DEVASTATING, heartbreaking, shocking and… yeah… ’nuff said … if you haven’t read Six Stories, I happily recommend it to you.’

Cover to Cover

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‘The events reveal the darker side of groups of teenagers and the things they’ll do to fit in; drugs, alcohol and bullying to name a few.  It’s chilling, sometimes uncomfortable with plenty of red herrings but overall, very now, a very clever idea and 100% worth the listen!’ Book Boodle

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‘Wesolowski is especially skilled at utilizing the setting to enhance a naturally suspenseful story … While those who enjoy the Serial podcasts will probably enjoy Six Stories as well, it’s perhaps more notable for those who love classic mysteries. Six Stories offers a new style of mystery, one that encapsulates the twenty-first century, the Internet, and social media, even as its characters struggle to recall—or forget—a time before such things.’ Foreword Reviews

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‘Overall I have to  say Six Stories is an engaging and refreshing read, that will leave you immersed in the story and its characters. If you are looking for a new take on the thriller genre then you should definitely check this book out, you will not be disappointed.’ Mike Reads Blog

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‘This is a brilliant character study and an interesting take on the benefit and wisdom of hindsight. I also loved the sinister undertones (although it made walking around my house at night slightly terrifying). Six Stories is utterly compelling and despite being entirely engrossed, I defy you not to be shocked by the ending. An original concept with skilled execution – totally unputdownable!’

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‘This is one of the best novels I’ve read this year, perhaps in memory. There, I’ve said it. Six Stories really is something special. This is a fantastic debut, incredibly assured. On the strength of Six Stories, Matt Wesolowski is someone whose work, like the beast of Scarclaw Fell, I will hungrily devour in the future.’ Nudge Books

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Six Stories reached number one in 3 different categories on Amazon while on a Kindle sale.

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Six Stories was an exhilarating gallop through woodland and moors. There was an addictive quality to the writing, tinged with just enough horror and unexplained phenomena to make you shudder and read on, peeking through your fingers.’ Finding time to Write

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Six Stories is a very complex book given the format of it. It is a style of writing I would never have thought would have worked well, had someone told me about it, but it flows so beautifully and sucks the reader in completely! This is a fantastic read. As I was reading along I could hear the Podcast taking place.’ Lisa’s Book Reviews

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