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…
Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought provoking, Changeling is an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, taking you to places you will never, ever forget.
When you get to the third book in a series that you have huge admirarion for, it’s difficult to review with any kind of new information. Six Stories, the one that started it all was undoubtedly brilliant- things have only improved from there.
What struck me about Changeling was the way Matt Wesolowski keeps the creepy, chilling elements of the previous two tales, indeed improves on them -I didn’t get much sleep after finishing this and sometimes I still hear the knocking – but also changes the game in a very personal way for our main protagonist Scott King. This gives Changeling a different, more haunted, more emotional vibe and leaves you desperate for more.
Beautifully plotted, darkly addictive and genuinely unpredictable, Changeling will steal your sleep and leave you melancholy. A multi layered, thought provoking joy to absorb, a novel that hits every mark it aims at, this may be the best yet from Matt Wesolowski and I for one cannot wait to see what is next.
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