Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Changeling by Matt Wesolowski.
Changeling was published in eBook on 15 November 2018 with the paperback following on 24 January 2019, by Orenda Books.
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…
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A big thank you to Anne Cater and the publisher for issuing me with my review of the book and for inviting me to take part on the blog tour.
Wow! Changeling is a very welcome addition to the already successful Six Stories books and in my opinion this one is the best yet.
I absolutely powered through this book and couldn’t put it down until I had finished it and read every single deliciously creepy word. This book really gets under your skin as you try to make sense of it whilst also trying not to be scared senseless by the odd goings on in Wentshire Forest which is where 7 year old Alfie Marsden was last seen by his father……..
The tension in the book is written brilliantly, you can sense it in every chapter and it really does make you feel slightly scared when you are reading it. You aren’t really what you are about to discover, or if you want to at all.
Through the podcasts, we learn about Alfie as a child through teachers and his parents. We also learn about the stressful marriage his parents had although as with the other books, you aren’t really sure who to believe as a lot of the people contradict each other. This is perfect as I like to be befuddled when I get to the end and it really is down to Scott to try and reach out and delve into each interview to discover the truth.
The ending of this book is the real 5 star rating from me. You are left absolutely gobsmacked from the revelations that are discovered. I felt every emotion as I tried to think back on what I had just read.
Outstanding. Absolutely first class writing.
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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 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 WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, and film rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller.
Follow Matt on Twitter @ConcreteKraken and on his website: mjwesolowskiauthor.wordpress.com