I’ve recently been stepping out of my comfort zone when it comes to reading lately and the darker books have been catching my attention. When a group of friends decided to start a series book club I had to jump in. The first series we’re reading is Six Stories (same title as the first book) and I’m so glad I joined. Today I want to talk about Six Stories and what I thought. Keep on reading to find out more!
1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an Outward Bound center. 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 rivaled 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.
As a big fan of crime shows (Criminal Minds, CSI, etc.) I had a feeling I would enjoy Six Stories and I was right! This book looks back at a case in 1997 when a body of a teenager was found. What really happened that night? Who did it? The podcast creates six episodes to find out more about this night and let the listeners (or readers in this case) form an opinion of what happened.
Scott King dedicates time to different people that knew Tom and were at the Outward Bound center the night he disappeared. I loved this aspect of the story, because we only get pieces at a time. Every character has a different opinion and look at what went down with the group of teenagers and it definitely gets you thinking. Add the comments from Scott King and I kept suspecting other people and that made me love this so much.
Getting each character’s POV definitely made you think and try to piece everything together. Tom really wasn’t the greatest person to hang around, but no one deserves to end the way he did. I loved reading about the group dynamics and how everyone fit in the group their own way. On top of the podcast we get a few chapters told by Harry that leads up to him finding the body.
It’s hard to review Six Stories, because this really is a story you need to experience yourself and not know too much about. The author had me hooked from the beginning and the ending had me on the edge of my seat. I’ll definitely be reading the second book, Hydra, this month.
The whole telling the story through a podcast is something I’m really loving. Even though I don’t listen to podcasts myself. Do you listen to any true crime podcasts? Let me know in the comments. Maybe it’s something I should give a try. If you’ve read this book, I’d also love to hear what you thought.