#BookReview #BlogTour #RandomThingsTours Changeling by Matt Wesolowski
My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
Series: Six Stories
Publisher: Orenda Books
Available: 15 Jan 2019
Genre: Thriller / Mystery / Crime / Fiction
Thankyou Anne fir organising this BlogTour, with Special thanks to the Author Matt Wesolowski and Karen of Orenda Books for this brilliant read!
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…
Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought provoking, Changeling is an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, taking you to places you will never, ever forget.
I’m really not certain where to start with this astounding story! This is a very powerful story that I am certain will be in the back of my mind for a long while to come, and for many reasons.
This is a unique style of writing and way of telling a tale, and certainly a story that will stick with me! Changeling is eerie, and made creepier for being unexpectedly realistic.
So where to start? The way the story is told, we have our narrator interviewing, and discussing those interviews, several people involved in some way with the disappearance of a Child years before.
As the story unfolds, we see the situation being pieced together, with startling and downright spooky revelations along the way. Many times throughout this story, I have had shivers down my spine and then jumped because of it. I have never come across a story written in such a way before, and although it has seriously creeped me out, I have enjoyed every single page.
The story is horrifyingly believable, and all the more gripping for the fact. As much as the storyline made me want to look away, and the more that was revealed the more the sensation grew, I needed to know what had happened. The author pulls you into the story, then traps you inside. You feel the emotions of the people involved, and you need to know how this is going to turn out, even whilst a part of you really doesn’t want to look.
The plot line is superbly handled, crafted in such a masterful way as the reading can link back to things that have been said, putting pieces together even whilst being given new information. I love the style, which only adds to the suspense we feel. As the reader, you become heavily invested in finding out what happened, almost as though you are sat in the room joining in with the interviews.
For myself, I usually find that shorter books are lacking in depth, or feel rushed towards the end. Not only is this not the case for Changeling, instead I found the ending gorgeously eerie, and perfectly handled to give that final punch of shock to the system, that final dose of chills as though ice cold water has poured down your back.
Then consider some themes, for anyone who has been in a controlling or coercive relationship, or anyone who is currently, this is a powerful piece of prose that puts the potential dangers, the damaging effects into a devastatingly clear light. I think, for anyone who has been or is in such a type of relationship, this becomes that bit more unnerving, yet that bit more vital an addition to a TBR pile.
This is certainly a story that will stay with me for a long while yet to come, and one I will certainly be rereading many times over! If you enjoy a thrilling, fast paced, shocking yet gorgeously written book, then read this. Make it your next read, and you won’t be at all disappointed.
About The Author:
Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor for children in care and leads creative writing workshops for young people in association with New Writing North.
Wesolowski started his writing career in horror and was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at ‘Bloody Scotland’; Crime Writing Festival 2015. His subsequent debut crime novel ‘Six Stories’ was published by Orenda Books in the spring of 2016 with follow-up ‘Hydra’ published in the winter of 2017.
‘Six Stories’ has been optioned by a major Hollywood studio and the third book in the series, ‘Changeling’ is newly released.