I’m thrilled to be hosting the blog tour for Matt Wesolowski’s third episode of the Six Stories podcast novels, Changeling. I’m sharing today with the lovely Emma Mitchell over at Emma the Little Bookworm so don’t forget to catch her post (along with all the ones that have been before and are yet to come)!
Big thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the blog tour and to Orenda Books for my e-copy of Changeling.
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…
Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought-provoking, Changeling is the latest in the critically acclaimed, international bestselling Six Stories series, written as six Serial-style podcasts, and which are being adapted for TV by a major US studio.
What Did I Think?
What ever happened to Alfie Marsden?!? A seven year old can’t just vanish into thin air!!! There are sinister goings on in Wentshire forest which makes for another chilling tale from the mind of Matt Wesolowski!!
Once again, Wesolowski has created a series of podcasts investigating an unsolved case. Each podcast gives me the creeps but with each podcast Scott King throws open a new perspective and a fresh can of worms to change my thoughts on what happened to #poorpoorAlfie. The recordings of Delyth Rice really gave me the chills!!
I questioned how reliable were the interviewees as I read each podcast. Thirty years is a long time in people’s memories; is what they were telling me what actually happened or their slightly twisted version of events from what their memories would let them tell?! I’ve got to be honest I can’t remember things from 1988 that clearly!! This unreliability adds to the unnerving feeling I get from the #SixStories series; each book has so different from the others however they fit so well together as a series.
Wesolowski has created a sinister tale with a supernatural undertone which made me question what was real and what really happened to Alfie Marsden. When I wasn’t reading (which wasn’t that often), I was turning over what I’d read trying to piece together the clues and solve the mystery. The author left me stunned at the outcome; I didn’t know what to do with myself when I finished, my brain was spinning!!!
Nothing is quite what it seems is the world of #SixStories……
Who Is Matt Wesolowski?
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.