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.
Six Stories is very different to anything I have ever read. The story is told in the form of podcasts which is something I am very new to but also makes this novel extremely current for today’s world.
Six characters tell their story of events surrounding the unsolved murder of Tom Jeffries. Each story is introduced by presenter Scott King. I think because the presenter kept popping up before each story it made the whole novel feel a bit like something from the show, The Twilight Zone. I just kept getting the same sort of voice popping up in my head and it kind of brought the whole book more to life.
This is totally a new and modern way to tell a murder, mystery story. It’s very unique and really makes it stand out from others in this genre. I really had no clue what to expect as it is such a new reading experience on me but it’s one by the end I really enjoyed. There are even a few surprises in there that I was not expecting but the less said about that the better!
Six Stories is a mesmerising story that you will easily get lost into. It brings past and present colliding together to reveal secrets that I for one could never have guessed. Highly recommended.
My thanks to Karen an Orenda Books for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Six Stories is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.