Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

I took a chance on Six Stories with only the vaguest impression of what to expect, and I’m very glad I did. It’s not often I splurge my monthly Audible credit on something I’ve never heard of, but this well and truly hit the mark. Stylised like a serial podcast, with small interconnecting sections referencing its “real-world” impact, Six Stories is more than just a gimmick.

Centered on the disappearance and death of a teenager on a pseudo-Scout trip, the story is told in interviews with six people closest to the case. In one way I saw the end coming, but in another I absolutely didn’t. I found it very hard to stop listening, and was actively disappointed when each new “Story” took me closer to the end.

The main characters are fairly generic teenagers with fairly generic interests – alcohol, hanging out away from the younger kids, hooking up and falling out – but the structure of the story, and the way revelations are teased out keeps it from being a generic murder mystery. I’d be very interested in reading/listening to whatever Matt Wesolowski produces next, and would definitely go in for a similarly-structured sequel.

[Read from 25-26 March 2017]

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