Back in 1996, fifteen year old Tom Jeffries disappears. A year later, his body is found. Was it an accident or something more sinister? Now, 20 years on, former journalist Scott King tries to reach out to the people who knew Tom best and who were around when he disappeared. Six people. Six stories. Six perspectives.
This is a hard one to review as I don’t want to give anything away. At its core, we have a traditional whodunnit but with a modern twist. When you read a lot of books in the same genre and you suddenly stumble upon something as unique as this, it’s like a breath of fresh air.
I realised from the start I had something special in my hands. I wanted to savour every page, go slow but ended up devouring it like a big yummy piece of chocolate cake. Not literally, obviously.
Told as a series of podcasts, this story draws you in from the very beginning. The plot is incredibly gripping. Every chapter is like finding little breadcrumbs, leading you down a dark and twisting path as you desperately try to put clues together and figure out what happened.
It’s genius and brilliant and amazingly well written. Atmospheric and haunting (I may never look at a forest the same way again), complex, different and with a cast of highly realistic characters.
This is one of the most original stories I’ve read and considering this is Matt Wesolowski’s debut, I can’t imagine what he will come up with next but I do know I look forward to it already.