Rashomon meets Serial in this fascinating tale from a fresh, exciting new voice in British crime writing. Matt Wesolowski takes legendary Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa’s device of retelling the tale of a crime from multiple, often contradictory witness perspectives, and gives it a thoroughly modern spin.
Scott King is an enigmatic investigative journalist and a cult internet figure thanks to the huge popularity of his podcast series delving into mysterious events. Now he turns his talents to the death of teenager Tom Jeffries, whose body was found in Scarclaw Fell, England, in 1997. Jeffries had disappeared from among a group of teenagers on a wilderness retreat. The coroner’s verdict was misadventure, but questions linger. King interviews those involved about the events of 20 years before. Was it really a tragic accident, or something more sinister? How does creepy local folklore play into the truth?
This would be an impressive tale from an established bestseller, let alone a debutant. Told as if it were a series of podcasts—each a blend of witness interview and context and commentary provided by King—Six Stories could easily have stumbled on its literary device. But Wesolowski shows an adroit hand, drawing readers in and never letting go. Tension builds as information is revealed, contradicted, and layered throughout the various podcasts. An elegantly written novel from a fresh voice worth trying.