Changeling by Matt Wesolowski
Publisher: Audible Studios
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Narrators: Tim Bruce, Kris Dyer, Jane Slavin, Jacob Howard, Joan Walker, Leighton Pugh
Length: 7 Hours & 4 Minutes
Publication Date: 15th January 2019
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the Wentshire Forest Pass, when a burst tyre forced his father, Sorrel, to stop the car. Leaving the car to summon the emergency services, Sorrel returned to find his son gone. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995.
Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel, his son and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. He takes a journey through the trees of the Wentshire Forest – a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there. He talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know where Alfie is…”
My Thoughts & Review
When this book first came out in 2019 I heard nothing but amazing things about it, and now I’ve finished reading it I can definitely see why so many people have loved it.
This was my first book by this author and before picking it up I didn’t actually know that this was in fact the 3rdbook in Six stories series. I’m not sure you need to read the other books, but personally I didn’t have trouble reading it as a standalone.
Changeling is told as a series of pod casts by Scott King. In this book Scott King is determined to find out what happened to young boy who went missing from a car 30 years ago and was never found. With his unique ways of interviewing people and his determination Scott begins to unravel the truth as to what really happened.
I found the plot to be very original and dark. It definitely had me griped that kept me turning the pages. I could have easily read this one in sitting if it weren’t for other commitments.
What I liked about this book was how the whole thing is written in first person. Sometimes I struggle with books written in first person narratives but this one works well especially with the podcast format.
I originally started reading this physically but decided to download the audiobook and it was brilliant, especially with the pod casts. Everything came to life and it felt so realistic.
This was a really good read. If you’re looking for a dark and atmospheric read then this one is definitely worth giving a go.
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