Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Deity By Matt Wesolowski and I would like to share not only a review but an extract from this wonderful book as well. Thank you very much to Anne from Random Things Tours for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂 Also, Thank You for Your time today! ❤
Thank You very much to the publisher – Orenda Books for the review copy.
Genre: Horror Thriller
Release date: 18 02 2021
Price*: Kindle £3.79 (GBP)/ Paperback £7.91 (GBP)
Kindle $0.99 (USD)/ Paperback $N/A (USD)
Pages: ~ 320
My rating: Amazing!
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What I learned from this book: You can do anything when you are rich!
Description of the book: 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?
Dark, chillingly topical and deeply thought-provoking, Deity is both an explosive thriller and a startling look at how heroes can fall from grace and why we turn a blind eye to even the most heinous of crimes…
How this book made me feel: I became Matt Weslowski’s devoted fan last year, after reading “Beast” (Review here). I adore the structure of the books, the podcast style is very entertaining to read and his storyline is gripping from the first page. I wonder, would an audiobook sound like an actual podcast? 😀
The host of this book is Scott King, an online journalist that loves raking up old graves. 😀 He chooses a case and interviews six people, that tell the reader different perspectives of the same case. This time he investigates a very controversial celebrity, that died in the fire and was accused of many things, such as abuse against young girls. I love Scott King’s style, he does not judge, he shares the stories, allowing the reader to decide what they want to believe in. All the characters are pretty unexpected and very intriguing, I just love to see the story unravelling.
The narrative of this book is extremely addictive. Every perspective brings something different and new to the overall view of the case, that is why I simply could not put down this book. There are plenty of twists and turns and the whole story is shrouded in mystery and ghosts. For me, the story had some similarities to real celebrities and some of the allegations I have read in the past. The whole story sounds so realistic, that I actually wanted to google Zach Crystal in case he was real. 😀 The topics discussed in this book are child abuse, mental illness, wish to control, mystical creatures, fanaticism, religion, the life of rich and famous, family relations, and many more.
I loved the atmosphere of this novel, it is creepy and very intriguing. The writing style is impeccable as always. The chapters are pretty long, but they are so absorbing, that the pages just fly by. The ending of this novel was phenomenal, but I still have unanswered questions about the whole story… Even though this book is fifth in the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. I can not wait for the next book, because this case was really sensitive one, and I am very excited to see what Scott King will investigate next.
So, to conclude, this book has brilliant characters and the plot that always kept me guessing. I think this book was amazing, and I would recommend it to anyone. I hope you will like it as well. 🙂
An extract from the book: Welcome to Six Stories.
I’m Scott King. Over the next six weeks, we’ll be looking back at one of the most polarising scandals of recent times, one that should have opened up the floodgates, made a giant crack in the zeitgeist, made us question ourselves and each other and perhaps galvanised us into questioning how we look at things.
Yet somehow it didn’t.
This was the biggest thing that never happened.
For those of you who are new to the podcast, this series is a glitch in the matrix, an anomaly; one unlike all the others. We’re still doing what we always do here – listening to six different sides of the same story. Raking over old graves.
Six episodes, six interviews, six stories about one case. In this series we look back at a crime through six different pairs of eyes. We’re looking six ways at one man.
Is ‘man’ even the right way to describe Zach Crystal?
I once said that I wasn’t scared anymore, that on this podcast I’d meet monsters face to face and eye to eye. When you take the paths I take with Six Stories, monsters are what you should expect to meet.
The person we’re going to hear from in this, our first episode of this series, has many supporters, both here in the UK and internationally.
He also has his critics, his haters. ‘Haters’ is perhaps too mild a term.
Ian Julius is an interesting figure. He went from folk hero to figure of hate within the space of a week. Trial by media. Trial by social media. Trial by spin. Search #Freejuli on Twitter and you’ll see what I mean.
Also, #killjuli if you want to see some of the darker sides of social media.
That’s if you’ve been living in a cave and have no idea what I’m talking about.
—It’s about fifty-fifty, the messages, the letters. People who support me and people who hate me. There’s one – a proper fan, like, mental, if you know what I mean? Tattoo of his face, his signature, everything, on his chest. Wherever I go, this fucker manages to find me, doxxes me and it all starts up again.
I read all of them, you know. All the threats from the fans, telling me what they want to do to me. It’s funny really. It’s laughable. Then I get messages from some saying they want to shake my hand, you know? They say ‘well done mate’. They know I did the right thing.
Then someone sends me a dried-up dead rat in a box. Swings and roundabouts, innit?
Ian Julius chases monsters. Or at least he did. Ian and his girlfriend used to call themselves the Monster-Busters. Their YouTube channel had more than fifty thousand subscribers. Good Morning Britain interviewed them at the peak of their internet fame.
I’m speaking to Ian via Zoom. I don’t even know where he is and I don’t ask. He appears against a plain-white background.
Monster-Busters was a simple concept – Ian, with assistance from his girlfriend, created fake profiles on social-media sites such as Boopy and Gabble, posing as twelve- or thirteen-year-old girls. That’s where they waited, ensnaring much older men who would send them inappropriate messages and photographs, and try to arrange to meet them for sex. The two would turn up at the meeting point, which would be in a public area – usually a train station – and confront the predator, before informing the police. The concept is not an original one; groups like Dark Justice and Guardians of the North do similar. Monster-Busters are no more, however, and their remaining videos have been swarmed with negative comments and downvotes by Zach Crystal fans.
—We must have busted over a hundred paedophiles; most of them got convictions too. We worked with the police, you know? We were good at what we did. Some of the stuff we had to read, it turned your stomach. I’ll never forget it. And blokes in their seventies turning up with bags of booze and condoms to meet a thirteen-year-old girl. Scum.
Ian and his girlfriend became heroes of sorts, at least online, even before they appeared on the mainstream media. Their reputation spread from their undisclosed location in the UK as far as 60 Minutes Australia, along with countless guest appearances on LBC Radio, BBC Radio 2 and Sky News. In each interview Ian conducted himself calmly and sensibly, never raising his voice or allowing presenters to antagonise him. There was a rash of copy-cat hunter groups online in the wake of Monster-Busters – not all of whom conducted themselves as professionally as Ian.
—We were always as professional as we could be when we did a sting. We never screamed and shouted when we caught one, or grabbed them and knocked them about, but my God, I would have liked to sometimes. We were always transparent with the police too, always handed everything over and backed off when they asked us to.
Countless police spokespersons attempted to dissuade the MonsterBusters from their activities – attempting to explain that what they were doing could potentially damage the cases against the predators they were trying to catch. This reasoning was met with derision from Ian’s supporters and the general public. And the figures do not lie. Due to the Monster-Busters group, a significant amount of online predators were handed over to the police. It’s an undeniable fact that the police would not have been able to convict them without the help of Ian and his team.
—Everyone knew it. Everyone knew I was in the right, that we were doing the right thing. All of them: the police, the government. I was just some bloke in his living room; I didn’t have a degree or training, but I knew how to get them, I knew how to catch monsters. But then it all fell to bits didn’t it?
About the author: Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor for young people in care. Matt started his writing career in horror, and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous UK- an US-based anthologies such as Midnight Movie Creature, Selfies from the End of the World, Cold Iron and many more. His novella, The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. His debut thriller, Six Stories, was an Amazon bestseller in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, and a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, and film rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller.
Twitter: @ConcreteKraken / Website: mjwesolowskiauthor.wordpress.com
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