#BlogTour ~ Hydra by Matt Wesolowski @concretekraken @orendabooks @annecater

A big welcome to my turn on the blog tour for the highly anticipated Hydra by Matt Wesolowski. Hydra is the next instalment in the ‘Six Stories’ series.

Hydra was published by Orenda Books on 15th January 2018.


In November 2014 Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and sister to death with a hammer. Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation.

King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out.

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A big thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for providing me with my review copy and for asking me to participate on the blog tour.

Wow. Hydra is an absolute revelation.

It completely knocked the wind out of me, had me holding my breath whilst my heart was beating out of my chest. It is eerie, chilling and utterly fantastic and kept me up until the early hours as I eagerly devoured page after page.

Matt Wesolowski excels at telling a fantastic tale through a series of podcasts detailing the brutal murders committed by Arla MacLeod of her mother, stepfather and sister in a seemingly unprovoked attack carried out in 2014 when she was 21 years old.

We listen to the interviews of Arla and also five other witnesses and learn a little each time, each interview more chilling and atmospheric than the next. They are so well scripted that you are immediately thrust into each chapter and feel as though you are actually listening to a podcast and not reading the words on a page.

The background involving Arla is so interesting – I found myself fully immersed about reading about her, her family life and what made her carry out the atrocious attacks. As Scott King says in the book, it’s not a whodunnit but a why-dunnit. What drove her to do what she did?

Hydra is such an intense book but one that you need to keep reading as you become completely invested in the storyline and Arla’s story as you hurtle towards the conclusion.

I can’t recommend this book enough – I have a feeling it’s going to be one of the BIG books of 2018!

Hydra blog poster 2018

About the Author

Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor and leads Cuckoo Young Writers creative writing workshops for young people in association with New Writing North.

Matt started his writing career in horror and his short horror fiction has been published in Ethereal Tales magazine, Midnight Movie Creature Feature anthology, 22 More Quick Shivers anthology and many more. His debut novella The Black Land, a horror 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, and his winning thriller, Six Stories, achieved massive critical acclaim, was a number-one bestseller in ebook, and was sold to Hollywood for a major motion picture. He is currently working on another installment in the Six Stories series.


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