Last year, I was participating in a readalong for a thriller series that I instantly loved: Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski. This is a series surrounding a fictional crime podcast called Six Stories. In it, the enigmatic podcast host dregs up old cases and finds six people to tell us their version of events. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into the series, but, after reading the first one, I knew I was hooked! I’ve recently finished the fourth book and realized that I never actually reviewed the first three! I’m here to remedy that today.
So, without further ado, let me share my thoughts on the first three books in the Six Stories series!
This is the book that introduced me to this fascinating series. For that alone, I would love it! But this book stands on its own as a great thriller, of course. Else why would I have continued on with the series?
In this first book, we are introduced to the Six Stories podcast and it’s secretive host, Scott King. The story being picked apart in the podcast is that of the discovery of a body in the Scarclaw Fell. The death was ruled as a misadventure, but there are those who wonder if there isn’t more to the story. Scott King is there to hear the stories and let the listeners come to their own conclusions.
As soon as I started reading this book, I loved the feel of it. I’m a watcher of true crime shows and this read like watching one of those felt. I was instantly invested in the story and the investigation. What I wasn’t expected and was a pleasant surprise was the absolutely creepy tale that was sprinkled within the interviews! It was like a horror story and a crime novel all mashed into one and I loved it! I also enjoyed the podcast aspect of this, though I feel it translates better in audiobook form than it does reading it physically. I have yet to try one of the audiobooks, but I really want to! Overall, I truly enjoyed this dark and creepy story and was eager to continue on with the series.
A first book in a series can always be a fluke, a beautiful start that ends in ruin. So I went into the second book, Hydra, with a cautiously optimistic attitude. Thankfully, my optimism was rewarded! This was just as compelling and captivating as the first book.
In the second book of the Six Stories series, Scott King has his eyes, and podcast, focused on a new case. This one is especially dark… the story of a young woman named Arla Macleod who is accused of bludgeoning her entire family to death. King interviews five witnesses and Arla herself, bringing up long hidden secrets and new light to a dark case.
When I say this was just as good as the first book, I’m not kidding! Even though I read this one quickly on the heels of the first, it still managed to seem fresh and exciting. I think part of that is due to the, once again, underlying horror story that is peppered throughout the book. Black eyed children just freak me out *shudder* I love how Matt Wesolowski writes the horror bits into his thrillers… it makes you question whether or not they’re actually real (in the context of the story, of course). I love a thriller that can give me that little extra chill. Of course, the story of Arla and what happened to lead up to the night of murders is terrifying enough. This is definitely one to check trigger warnings, though I would suggest that for all the books in this series! Overall, I think this installment was a touch darker than the first and just as engaging.
Of all the books I’ve read in the Six Stories series, this is my favorite by far! This one had me guessing throughout and kept me right on the edge of myseat.
On the newest episode of Scott King’s podcast, he is looking into the case of young Alfie Marsden. Alfie went missing on Christmas Eve when his father, Sorrell, was driving them home and their car broke down near the Wentshire Forest Pass. After years of searching with no sign of the boy or his body, he was officially declared dead in 1995. Now King is interviewing six witnesses to learn more about this case and, maybe, get to the truth.
This was such a chilling story. Not only was the horror element haunting, but the elements of the case that are revealed throughout the interviews gave me chills. The horror elements are centered around a creepy forest, which is one of my favorite things in any book, let alone a thriller! Again, I love how Wesolowski weaved the scary stories of the locals into this strange, heartbreaking case. I think this story is my favorite because of how it wrapped up. The ending absolutely blew my mind! My jaw literally dropped and I loved it! Again, you may want to check trigger warnings because this delves into some pretty dark topics. Overall, I think this is really where the author finds his stride with this series and it made me excited to continue!