Title: Six Stories
Author: Matt Wesolowski
Series: Six Stories
E.S.C.A.P.E Score: 46
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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.
I am so glad I decided to pick this up on audio when it was in the audible £3 sale. I adored listening to this. It does what it says in the blurb. The book itself has a podcast format in which each episode has a different interview that gives more and more insight into a mystery. The audiobook itself is full cast so that makes it feel more like a true crime podcast than a fictional novel. This also brought a lot of life to the characters. It was superbly acted that there were really nice subtle pauses and small sighs etc that just really put so much life into it and really did make this feel like you were listening to fact and not fiction.
The story itself was great it built slowly revealing more and more of the events from different perspectives, with a a little dash of spooky tales. We really get to know each of the characters, there side of the story about what happened, the impression they had of other members of the group. All of them just that little bit unreliable in their memories and recounting. All of them guarding their own secrets etc. This makes for a very tangled mystery where you don’t quite know who to trust and some twists that come out of no where!
I wont say much more as I think it is best going into this fairly fresh but I would recommend the audio for a more immersive experience. I am continuing to buddy read the series and will be sticking with the audio books when I can.