The Changeling by Matt Wesolowski
About The Book
On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the dark Wentshire Forest Pass, when his father, Sorrel, stopped the car to investigate a mysterious knocking sound. 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 and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. Journeying 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 what happened to the little boy…
I know is only 8th of January, but right now I can assure you this book will be on my top ten next year, is a must read!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve already read the reviews of the two previous books of this series, Six Stories, all of them are a great read. But this one is my favourite: hunting, real and twisted, any book lover’s dream book!
The Six Stories series is a book told like a podcast, every time I read one of the books I can listen to the voice of Scott King on my mind, dark and hunted telling the cases he is covering and sharing with us. He tries not to be involved in the case, simply transmitting opinions and facts and being as objective as possible to make the “listener” to take their own thoughts and decisions without influencing them. The case always have six parts, each one of them darker than the previous one while the 6th part is the culmination with a twisted ending that will hunt the “listener” for a while.
I am not sure if I am objective as a reviewer on this book, because I loved all the previous books so much that I am always recommending them to anyone who asks for an interesting read on their reading list. But I loved “The Changeling”, as always it has a horror part, based on folklore and true stories, making the read hunting and original. Then, there’s the case that even if it has a supernatural part, the “solution” is always human, I am sure that you are aware that humans are more dangerous than animals!
This case will be more personal for Scott; after receiving a strange letter, he will not be able to stay away from the case and will have nightmares and seeing ghosts involved on the case… Will this be the last podcast we will enjoy from Scott? I really hope not, I can’t wait to “listen” his next case!
This case is not for light-hearted readers, it involves haunting sounds, witches and some parenting problems that I am sure will surprise every reader at the twisted ending. But if you love a good book, well written and addictive, don’t doubt that this it has to be your next read.
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About The Author
Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor for young people in care. Matt started his writing career in horror, and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous UK- an US-based anthologies such as Midnight Movie Creature, Selfies from the End of the World, Cold Iron and many more. His novella, The Black Land, a horror story set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. His debut thriller, Six Stories, was an Amazon bestseller in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, and a WH Smith Fresh Talent pick, and TV rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. A prequel, Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller.