I’m over the moon to be able to share my review of Changeling by Matt Wesolowski today as part of the blog tour. First of all though let’s take a look at the description for the book…
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… 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.
So first of all I’m going to apologise as I’m really not sure my review can ever put across how utterly brilliant this book really is. Even weeks later I am still thinking about the events in this story which is a true sign of a book ticking every box. As usual in this series you hear six stories from six different people and in this book all regarding the events of seven year old Alfie’s disappearance. With each one giving you just that little bit more information to digest. I found this way of storytelling to be a brilliant way of engaging me, making me ask questions along with keeping me well and truly invested in the story. It is all skillfully woven together to create the most mesmerising story as slowly but surely the story is revealed. The big question is will there be any new light shone on this case?
Changeling easily pulled me in almost as if I was in my own little bubble experiencing everything as it happens. Put it this way whenever I picked it up I didn’t want to stop. With an undercurrent of dark, chilling tension just bubbling away under the surface waiting to pop up and pop up it did! Let’s just say I have been put off going into woods for life! 😉
I really can’t recommend this book enough it has a very special appeal with a little bit of everything to draw the reader in. If you are like me you will feel plenty of emotions while reading Changeling along with being completely on edge just waiting to discover the truth. I felt like I wanted to fly through the pages but also at the same time wanting to savour the story as it unfolded. Rich in detail Matt Wesolowski really sets the scene with a delicious touch of creepiness that I loved! I thought Hydra was a fantastic story but Changeling really excels, I can’t fault it!
With folklore, tension and twists along with an ending where I just sat there thinking wow! Changeling is an absolutely amazing story!
With thanks to Anne Cater & Orenda Books for the invite to join the tour and for my copy.
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.