Book Review | Six Stories #20booksofsummer

This is the third book towards my summer reading challenge, I’ve definitely picked some good ones.

six stories

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. 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.


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I had heard a lot of good things about this book and even though I’m sure I was on a book buying ban I just had to get my hands on it and thankfully it lived up to all the good reviews I had seen.

It is such an original concept, the podcasts were a touch of brilliance and interspersed with the current day commentary adds a deep tension that builds with each chapter, and the setting is so atmospheric, I was lying on a very sunny beach reading this book but I swear that I felt chills starting to seep into me.

I really liked that the story was built through everyone’s perspectives each new chapter we would get an extra piece of the puzzle as another account reveals something a little different. It really helps to feed the mystery, especially because of the factual style of the writing, there was something about that that just kept me transfixed.

There was also an almost mythical aspect to the story as well that I found very interesting, the idea of people creating things with the power of thought, this is something that fascinates me anyway but in this story, it added an extra dimension that I couldn’t get out of my head.

It was great that I never knew what was going to happen next, I wasn’t expecting anything that happened toward the end of the book and at first, I thought I might be left with a lot of questions but it was concluded just enough. This definitely warranted some mysterious elements left and it delivered.

I really wish I had more amazing words to describe this scintillating book but all I can say is that it is a must-read and that I am so looking forward to getting my hands on the next one.


20 books 2019


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