It’s the third instalment of Orentober’s #SixStoriesSaturday, where the past three Saturdays, I have reviewed an installment of the Six Stories series, and I have to admit I can still feel the shivers down my spine.
“On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the Wentshire Forest Pass, when a burst tyre forced his father, Sorrel, to stop the car. Leaving the car to summon the emergency services, Sorrel returned to find his son gone. No trace of the child, nor 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 Sorrel, his son and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. He takes a journey 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 where Alfie is…”
Changeling is the third instalment of the Six Stories series, but don’t be disheartened, you can read it as a stand alone! Scott King, is the constant character within the three books where his podcast delves into cold cases, therefore the format in which they are written is the same. This spine chilling novel contains imaginative writing that will absorb all your attention, so don’t make plans or start the ironing while reading…. unless you’re listening on audible, as you were! The storyline development at a taut, yet easy to follow pace. All multi-narratives are headed to avoid any reader confusion., yet each POV is filled with captivating details that will leave you hooked and wanting more. Each podcast presented is drenched with more darkness than the one before it, I really can’t fault it at all, not even a little. Throughout reading Changeling, I felt myself holding my breath, anticipating the *gasp* moment that ALWAYS came!
Changeling is like a petri dish, containing the entwined accounts of the circumstances surrounding a child’s disappearance that leads to the growing bacteria of paranoia and revelations that will leave you shook, the storyline will evade your mind and keep you hooked until the very last page.
Matt Wesolowski is quite clearly a literary artist, his ability to develop an ingenious story, as well as creating unpredictable twists throughout the storyline is legendary. I also applaud him for including a rather eye opening ‘backbone’ story throughout the read, I don’t want to say much about it but I can totally agree that it was approached and written with sensitivity and respect. I highly recommend this read! I recommend the whole damn series… just go get it!
My fellow blogger Kelly has spotlighted the whole series as a whole here. If I haven’t entirely convinced you, go and check out her post. I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading my Wesolowski Wednesdays posts, as much as I’ve enjoyed reading and preparing them. Fingers crossed there’ll be a few more Wesolowski creations out ready for next #Orentober!
Until next time!