The Six Stories (Six Stories #1) by Matt Wesolowski

six stories

Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an Outward Bound center. 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 rivaled 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.

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.

Review

Six Stories is one of hyped book. I remember when it first came out, everyone was raving about it. I am glad that I finally got the opportunity to read it.

Well, the uniqueness of this story is indisputable. I don’t think that I’ve read any other book that features podcasts. I have certainly never listened to any podcast.

Tom Jeffries was found dead two decades ago. The investigators concluded that his death was accidental. However, years later the investigation is reopened and now questions arise about Tom’s death. Was it an accident or did the teen meet his death through someone or something?

The story is mainly narrated through the podcast interviews. There are six people who talk about the events that took place. They help in giving more insight about Tom and hence shed light on what could have happened. Through their stories various themes come up. Bullying is the one that stood out for me. The author definitely didn’t shy away from portraying just how dark bullying is. And its consequences.

I enjoyed the interviews although my one niggle with this story also lies with them. At some point, I felt like the pace slowed down especially when it came to interviews that didn’t reveal much new info. Now that I think back, I can appreciate that each interview did add something to the story.When reading the story, my feelings were different maybe because I wanted to get to the answers and was frustrated that it wasn’t happening fast enough.

The final chapters and interview were explosive! Massive twist that I hadn’t really sussed out. This part of the novel was intense and I love how I was left trying to figure out exactly what happened to Tom Jeffries. Of course, I have my own alternative explanation.

I can definitely see why so many readers enjoyed this book. There is a lot to like; from the uniqueness, cold case mystery, themes and mystic elements. Despite the sections that felt a bit slow for me, I enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.

33 thoughts on “The Six Stories (Six Stories #1) by Matt Wesolowski

  1. I loved this novel, the subtle changes to the story every time by telling it from another angle… it does requires some patience but I felt it was well worth it in the end. His other novels follow the same format and his books get even better and better. Changeling was very surprising as well 😊 Great review Diana!

    1. Subtle changes describes it perfectly. Thinking back, I can see how each interview built the story, one detail at a time until everything came together in the end. I have added Changeling to my TBR. Hope to also enjoy it someday. Thanks Inge 

  2. Oh, i loved this a lot too! I’m glad you enjoyed it too. It was a bit slow, but i did like the style.
    For the next book i think i’m gonna try the audio, cuz i think that would enhance the whole podcast thing quite a bit 🙂

    1. Yeah, I agree audio might work very well for the podcasts especially. Glad to hear that you also enjoyed this one, Norrie. I think the anticipation of getting answers is what made this one feel slower. I kept waiting for the interview that will reveal the twist. It was a fun read though 🙂

    1. I hope you will get the chance to read it Jen. Its one of those books that I wasn’t too sure about despite the hype but I am glad it all worked out in the end. Thank you 🙂

  3. I love that the hype was real for this one. I’m looking forward to reading it. I had to check to see if it was nonfiction because it sounds like it is! Excellent review, Diana. 😉

    1. Thanks Mischenko. I get what you mean but this one id definitely fiction. The podcasts makes it sound so realistic though. I hope you will enjoy the book when you get the chance to read it 🙂

  4. I need to read this. I remember the hype but remember not being interested for some reason. I don’t think it was the book but life stuff at the time, so I’ll definitely give this another look now! Glad you enjoyed it even though it had its slow moments. Great review, Diana!

    1. Thanks Stephanie. I have had moments like that when the hype didn’t get to me because of life stuff. I think that is how I’ve ended up with lots of unread hyped books on my kindly like Jane Harper and C.J Tudor titles 🙂

      I hope you will get a chance to read this someday. Its worth the hype.

      1. You’re welcome! Speaking of hyped books, I still haven’t read Jane Harper! I bought The Lost Man and hope to read it over the summer. I think it just happens where you don’t read them…life or not wanting to at the time.

        I’ll definitely make time. It sounds like I’d enjoy it!

    1. I was nervous writing this review because of all the hype. Glad to hear that I wasn’t the only one who had an issue with the pacing 🙂

    1. Thanks Beth. Yes I think I will. I have seen reviews of Hydra and Changeling and I am curious. Hopefully, I will enjoy them even more especially now that I know about the format 🙂

  5. My library doesn’t have this one. Grr! I was hoping to listen to the audiobook. I bet the podcast format would be really cool to listen to. I have read a couple of books in this format, and they were fun. I’m going to have to make my library get a copy! I love the premise around six stories.
    Great review!

    1. I hope your library will get the book. As a matter of fact, they should get the entire series. I think it has 3 books so far and all have podcasts. Yes, I agree that audio may be even more enjoyable because of the podcasts. Fingers crossed that you will get the books, Dee. Thank you 🙂

  6. The podcast idea reminds me of Sadie! I have been meaning to get a copy of this one for ages and I’m definitely still curious even though the podcast structure might mean a slower pace at points. Wonderful review!

    1. Thanks Yvo. I need to read Sadie soon. I have heard so many good things about the book.

      I think you’d enjoy this one. The podcasts did slow down the pace for me but most readers don’t seem to have experienced the same thing so hopefully it won’t be an issue for you either 🙂

      1. I listen to MostlyLit, Hey Girl, The Spread Pod, Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday Conversations, Robin Sharma Mastery Sessions, The Ikonns, The Human Interest, Cut The Foreplay, Passing Through Podcast and Goop among others

  7. Sounds like a great read. I don’t listen to podcasts as often as I like, but the thought of a book being told from podcast interviews definitely interests me. Will definitely add this to my reading list.

    1. I think you’d enjoy this one Raney./ Some readers have mentioned that the book is even more enjoyable on audio. Either way, its worth checking out.

      1. I can imagine so since it has to do with podcasts. I’ve listened to podcasts, but haven’t really ever stuck around with them because I get to a point where I feel like I’m playing them for background noise and don’t listen as much so then I miss out on what’s being said. I think that’s why I’m hesitant about even trying audiobooks because I already have to make an effort with podcasts.

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