Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all to my stop of the Blog Tour for Demon By Matt Wesolowski and I would like to share a review, with all of you. 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. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Orenda Books for the review copy.
Release date: 20 01 2022
Price*: Kindle £3.79 (GBP)/ Paperback £7.91 (GBP)
Kindle $6.15 (USD)/ Paperback $15.95 (USD)
Pages: ~ 320
My rating: I loved it!
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What I learned from this book: How people are quick to judge, even small children.
Description of the book: In 1995, the picture-perfect village of Ussalthwaite was the site of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable, in a case that shocked the world.
Twelve-year-old Sidney Parsons was savagely murdered by two boys his own age. No reason was ever given for this terrible crime, and the ‘Demonic Duo’ who killed him were imprisoned until their release in 2002, when they were given new identities and lifetime anonymity.
Elusive online journalist Scott King investigates the lead-up and aftermath of the killing, uncovering dark stories of demonic possession, and encountering a village torn apart by this unspeakable act.
And, as episodes of his Six Stories podcast begin to air, and King himself becomes a target of media scrutiny and the public’s ire, it becomes clear that whatever drove those two boys to kill is still there, lurking, and the campaign of horror has just begun…
How this book made me feel: A new episode in my favourite series? YES, please! And the blurb sounds just gorgeous! I was not disappointed and I don’t think I will ever be. 😀
Scott King is back with another mind-blowing crime investigation. A disabled 12-year-old boy has been murdered in 1995 by another two, same age boys, in a small village. Everyone knew these boys to be strange, troublemakers and creepy. The whole crime and their lives were covered in mystery and paranormal, but was it really so sinister? I was absorbed with this story, it is so dark, mysterious and sounds evil through and through. The personalities of these two boys confused me so much, and I have so many questions that have been left unanswered, and I know that I will never have the answers to them. 😦 I really liked the characters chosen for this book, they show different sides of this story and I really loved getting to know not only the boys but the people who were sharing their stories as well. I was heartbroken reading the letters that one of the boys wrote to his mother, it was so hard to witness so much prejudice and abandonment.
The narrative is absolutely creepy, there are plenty of witches, demons, ghosts and various evil entities involved in this book that took away my interest to ever enter a strange cave or a mine. 😀 I really liked how unexpected the narrative was and the surprises and new discoveries during every episode. There are so many topics discussed in this novel, such as lonely children, being different in small-town, folk stories, paranormal, acceptance, neglect, friendships, disability, peoples opinions and prejudice, difficult children, and many, many more.
Like always, the writing style is impeccable, the author is a master when it comes to delivering stories in this series. I really liked the different types of media used to tell this story, it has enriched the whole reading experience. The stories are always absorbing and baffling at the same time, and I love it! The location and setting of this book are absolutely amazing. This book has six chapters, each chapter telling a different perspective, and I could not put down this book. The ending was the absolute icing on the cake and I think it rounded this story brilliantly. There are some triggers in this book and it is not for sensitive readers.
So, to conclude, if you never read a book from the series, this year is a year to rectify this mistake. 😀 Even though this book is emotionally quite heavy, it is an absolute gem indeed. The characters are complex and absorbing and the narrative is always full of surprises and the unknown. This book is going straight to the best books of 2022 list for me, I hope it shows that it is a must-read to everyone who enjoys a good mystery, paranormal and gory details. 😉
Thank you for your time! ❤
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. ‘Six Stories’ was published by Orenda Books in the spring of 2016 with follow-up ‘Hydra’ published in the winter of 2017, ‘Changeling’ in 2018, ‘Beast’ in 2019 and ‘Deity’ in 2020. ‘Six Stories’ has been optioned by a major Hollywood studio and the third book in the series, ‘Changeling’ was longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, 2019 Amazon Publishing Readers’ Award for Best Thriller and Best Independent Voice. ‘Beast’ won the Amazon publishing award for Best Independent voice in 2020.
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