#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017
The tenth bookvent choice is one which broke the mould on new crime fiction. I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like this before and I am absolutely positive, that at 17 individual voices on the audio version, it will be a while before anyone creates anything like it again. Emulating the style of the very popular true crimes podcasts, this book perfectly captured the tone in a very intriguing and atmospheric story. Book ten in my ‘bookvent countdown is …
by Matt Wesolowski
1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an outward bound centre. 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 rivalled 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. And who’s to blame …
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. A chilling, unpredictable and startling thriller, Six Stories is also a classic murder mystery with a modern twist, and a devastating ending.
I really didn’t know quite how to review this book earlier in the year, and I’m not sure how to sum it up now. The book has the absolute look and feel of a podcast – 100%. A series of interviews summed up by the presenter, rounding up and hypothesising over what may or may not have actually happened without ever making a final judgment. Looking back at the unsolved murder of a young boy, all of the main suspects and witnesses are there and all have their own take on what really happened all those years before. Extremely clever in both concept and execution, this book really grips the reader and has a true sting in the tail. This is a very complex book, the emotions I felt about the characters whilst reading at complete odds with how I felt about the book as a whole. Somehow the author took narrative from characters I didn’t like, a victim who I had as much dislike as sympathy for, and turned their story into something thoroughly compelling that I couldn’t walk away from. It isn’t a book which immediately hits you, it is one whose influence builds slowly, drawing you in without even realising quite how it has achieved it. Extremely clever in both concept and execution, this book really grips the reader and has a true sting in the tail. Pretty flipping brilliant really.
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Happy #bookvent reading all