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. And who’s to blame…
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.
Cold cases and podcasts…the recipe for a perfect afternoon. There’s nothing better than curling up on the sofa on a cold wintry day, cup of tea in hand, and listening to someone talk about a grisly unsolved murder, right? Right?
Well, that’s what we do in this house anyway, so when Six Stories came to my attention, my curiousity was immediately piqued. Six Stories is essentially a cold case and a podcast combined with another favourite thing of mine…books.
Six Stories, both the title of the book and of the podcast the book revolves around, has an interesting format. It tells the story of one (presumed) crime, but from the perspective of six different people, all of whom were directly involved in one way or another. As each of these people are interviewed, it becomes apparent that each of them (perhaps with the exception of Harry) could have potentially had a motive for wanting to eradicate Tom Jeffries from existence. Did Haris want revenge for the bullying he suffered at the hands of Tom and the other Rangers, bullying instigated by Tom himself? Did Charlie feel slighted by Tom, having found out about him and Eva? Did Brian see Tom as a threat, someone stood between him and Charlie? These are the questions that begin to form in a reader’s mind as they progress through the book. All of these possibilities keep a reader on their toes and quite literally keep them guessing to the very end. The twist, a twist which I wholeheartedly did not begin to suspect until about two pages before it was revealed, is a twist that is both unexpected and one that still makes complete sense. That’s the beauty of it…it’s plausible, but still shocking.
I don’t want to delve too deeply into the nitty-gritty of Six Stories because I think it’s a journey readers should embark upon with a clear head, a head free from biased thoughts generated by reviews they’ve read. Read, enjoy and let me know when you guessed the twist.
If you like intelligent, well-researched but fun discussions on the unsolved and spooky, check out Astonishing Legends. It’s just two down-to-earth guys with a thirst for the unknown, just like the rest of us.
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