A shamed pop star.
A devastating fire.
Which one is true?
When pop megastar Zach Crystal dies in a fire at his remote mansion, his mysterious demise rips open the bitter divide between those who adored his music and his endless charity work, and those who viewed him as a despicable predator, who manipulated and abused young and vulnerable girls.
Online journalist, Scott King, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the accusations of sexual abuse and murder that were levelled at Crystal before he died. But as Scott begins to ask questions and rake over old graves, some startling inconsistencies emerge: Was the fire at Crystal’s remote home really an accident? Are reports of a haunting really true? Why was he never officially charged?
Despite the fact that the Kindle edition of Deity has been out since December, I’ve only just gotten around to reading it. I’m sure others will know what I mean when I say that time currently has no meaning. Did I read Deity a couple of days after its release, like I’d intended? Did I read it today? Did I read it in 3025? Who knows? When the last 365 days have mostly been spent at home, the days blend into one and time ceases to exist. For any future visitors to the blog, I’m writing this during the Covid pandemic.
Anyway, moving swiftly away from my existential crisis.
As with every other book in the Six Stories series, I thoroughly enjoyed Deity. It’s full of twists and turns and ends on an explosive big reveal. For me, twists, turns and big reveals are the three core ingredients of any good thriller. There hasn’t been a single Six Stories novel where I’ve accurately guessed the truth at the heart of the mystery that the book revolves around. Despite this, though, I’ve never reached the plot twist and thought, What the hell? The plot twists in these novels, though unexpected, are plausible and make sense. I’ve read books where the so-called plot twist almost seems to have been pulled from an entirely different book and shoehorned in just for the sake of it. This isn’t the case with Deity, though.
Over the past several years, numerous abuse scandals involving high profile people have come to light and it’s apparent that these cases inspired the writing of Deity. Deity serves as a reminder of the pain and suffering that can be caused when an individual’s actions go unchecked simply because of their social status and the zeros at the end of their bank balance. No amount of money or fame should make a person immune to the law, but, as was the case with the fictional Zach Crystal, it seems that it does.
Or at least did. In recent years, some of Zach Crystal’s real life counterparts have finally been brought to justice, and thanks to movements like #MeToo, victims of abuse are finally being heard. There’s still a long way to go, but hopefully, one day, every single Zach Crystal of the world will be held to account for their crimes.