Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today! I’m thrilled to share my review of Changeling by Matt Wesolowski!
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.
Thirty years ago, young Alfie Marsden disappeared into Wentshire Forest and was never found. In the back seat of his father’s car one moment, safe and sound. Then he vanished. A desperate search of the forest and the surrounding area unfolded, drawing news coverage and inspiring outlandish theories. Every available person joined the search but despite their best efforts, no trace of him was found. Some labelled it a devastating tragedy, a young boy who lost his way, others claimed it was something more sinister, a hand dealt by the forest’s dark inhabitants. Some years later, Alfie was declared officially dead and his disappearance passed out of the public’s mind. Until Scott King, broadcaster for the Six Stories podcast, receives a letter urging him to take a closer look.
Scott delves into the thirty year old case and begins his investigation, recording the perspectives of six different people with ties to the Marsden family. Six stories which, piece by piece, shed light onto the events of that Christmas Eve. And which carry him closer to the truth. A truth that pricks at your mind and delivers fear into your heart with just a few exquisitely defined words. One of (the many) aspects I adored about this book, is the way the author seamlessly draws the supernatural into his story. The folktales about the ‘wood-knockers’ tap tap tapping away chilled me to the bone.
Scott King was a bit of an enigma for me in the previous two books and I was desperate to know more about him. Changeling has definitely answered a few of my questions but I can’t say anymore for fear of ruining the story for anyone and this is a book that shouldn’t be missed. Mystery, suspense and intrigue converge across the pages, reeling in the reader like a fish on a hook. The author explores the weight a past can carry and the damage it can do. A startlingly dark, scintillating new episode of Six Stories!
Just wonderful! I absolutely loved it!
Suspenseful. Chilling. Brilliant.
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About Matt Wesolowski
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.
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Huge thanks to Anne and Karen for my review copy and blog tour invite!