A family massacre. A deluded murderess. Five witnesses. Six Stories. Which one is true?
One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 26-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the “Macleod Massacre.”
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.
As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden “games,” online trolls, and the mysterious Black-eyed Children, whose presence extends far beyond the delusions of a murderess.
Dark, chilling and gripping, Hydra is both a classic murder mystery and an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, that shines light in places you may never, ever want to see again.
Oh my goodness, I did not know what to do with myself when this book finished, I was emotionally drained and bereft it was all over – it was absolutely additive and I LOVED it!!!
As soon as the book started I was hooked and knew it was going to be one of those books that I had to stay reading – not 100% sure that it was the right book for me to read when I was home alone with the baby as I can be a big wimp but as soon as I’d started there was no stopping me – it was so well written and very intense at times, I was guessing what I could be the ending and it still took me by surprise.
No hesitation in giving the book 5 stars – loved everything about it – fantastic way of telling the story, the characters were superbly crafted, the pace was spot on and the whole thing creeped me out – but in a good way in fact I am still talking about the book now some three weeks after I read it – fantastic book to start off 2018 with!!
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.
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, UK and Australia.
Praise for Matt Wesolowski
‘Weolowski evokes the ominous landscape and eerie atmosphere of the area with sharp, direct prose …There is more than a whiff of modern horror here, and The Blair Witch Project feels like a touchstone … impeccably crafted and gripping from start to finish’ Doug Johnstone, Big Issue .
‘Bold, clever and genuinely chilling with a terrific twist that provides an explosive final punch’ Deidre O’Brien, Sunday Mirror
‘A genuine genre-bending debut’ Carla McKay, Daily Mail .
‘A new style of mystery, one that encapsulates the twenty-first century, the Internet, and social media … a dazzling fictional mystery’ Foreword Reviews .
‘A slim volume rich in nuances and filled with deep passion for folklore and myths. In this spooky and eerie debut Matt Wesolowski introduces a very interesting contemporary concept of narrative structure which keeps the readers on their toes’ Crime Review
‘This is one of the best novels I’ve read this year, perhaps in memory’ Nudge Books
‘With a unique structure, an ingenious plot and so much suspense you can’t put it down, this is the very epitome of a must-read’ Heat
‘Wonderfully horrifying … the suspense crackles’ James Oswald
‘Wonderfully atmospheric. Matt Wesolowski is a skilled storyteller with a unique voice. Definitely one to watch’ Mari Hannah
‘Dark, mysterious and definitely not without elements of horror, I was more than a little unsettled while I read it. A genre-bending book, with some hauntingly threatening prose … I could not put it down. Highly recommended!’ Bibliophile Book Club
‘A stunning piece of writing – chock full of atmosphere, human insight and beautiful writing. Take a note of this guy’s name. He’s going to be huge!’ Michael J. Malone .
‘Sharp as a butcher’s knife, cutting straight through to the nerve of its reader. A read-in-one-sitting experience that will surely inspire many authors to explore new methods of narration’ Bleach House Library
‘Pulsating with life, with characters who are so incredibly realistic and a plot that is both haunting and terrifying, Six Stories is bang up to the minute, relevant and fresh. An absolute triumph and highly recommended’ Random Things through My Letterbox .
‘Current, fresh and skilfully delivered … Matt Wesolowski has built up a dark, atmospheric setting with his vivid descriptive prose. The voices were so distinctive that I felt like I was listening to a podcast rather than simply reading the transcript’ Off-the-Shelf Books .
‘A quirky, but extremely well-written thriller set around the imagined Scarclaw Fell in Northumberland. Six Stories scores extremely well in the dialogue and authenticity of the interviews … a very clever concept’ Trip Fiction