Book Title: Six Stories
Author: Matt Wesolowski
REVIEWED BY: DENNIS
Series: Six Stories #1
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime Fiction
Pub Date: 03/30/17
1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an Outward Bound center. 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 rivaled 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. 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.
Six Stories has been on my radar since I saw everyone ranting and raving about it all summer long. I know that I’m a little late to the party, but honestly it was perfect timing for me to pick this read up. I’ve never listened to the podcast Serial, but I always hear water-cooler talk in the office about it. I’m more of a Bitch Sesh podcast listener #RealHousewives, but I do love crime-mysteries and figured that this story would be an original telling of a genre that has gotten so played out. I’m here to tell you ladies and gentlemen, Six Stories wiped the socks right off me! What an interesting, forward-thinking approach that (in my opinion) has reinvented the crime-fiction genre. Mr. Wesolowski, kudos to you for thinking outside of the box, while incorporating current pop culture phenomenon.
Six Stories mostly takes place in 2017, with Scott King as host and creator of Six Stories—a crime discovery podcast similar to the popular Serial. Scott’s new series for his podcast will venture back to the 1997 murder investigation of teenager Tom Jeffries; found a year after in rural Scarclaw Fell. Scarclaw Fell is a popular forest consisting of acres and acres of wildlife brush for camping, hunting, and just outdoorsy “fun”. As Scott King interviews Tom Jeffries’s social circle, a picture begins to be painted that definitely should’ve been more accurately told back in 1997. Was Tom Jeffries murdered? Why did it take a full year for the body to be found? Why did someone want this teenager dead?!
Six Stories was a very interesting and dynamic read for me because I’ve never read a book that was told in the form of a podcast. Matt Wesolowski’s approach to writing this story never ceased to amaze me and by the time we got to Episode 3, I really felt that I was reading the transcript of a podcast! It wasn’t your typical [enter stereotypical crime-fiction plot here] kind of story, which I am truly grateful for. If you know me *somewhat* personally, you would know that thrillers, horrors, and crime-fiction novels are some of the only ways that my pea-brained attention span can focus. I really appreciate when an author can venture into a popular genre and deliver. I cannot wait to start Hydra as soon as possible. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.