Hydra by Matt Wesolowski


An Episode of Six Stories

A family Massacre

A deluded murderess

Five Witnesses

Six Stories

Which one is true?


I was hooked then and there, partly because of the intrigue it promised but also because I had already read Six Stories and knew how the story was going to be set out and how much I loved Matt’s writing but incase you aren’t convinced yet here’s……

The Blurb 

One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the northwest of England, a 21 -year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, stepfather and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the Macleod Massacre. Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Area will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation. 

King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five key witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was as diminished as her legal team made out. 

As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden ‘games’, online trolls, and the mysterious black-eyed kids, whose presence seems to extend far beyond the delusions of a murderess…..

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Well, well, well… if I thought I was seeing and hearing things after ‘Six Stories’ then Wesolowski stepped it up a gear with Hydra.

This is the second series of ‘Six Stories’ podcast fronted by the probing Scott King. (Just incase you haven’t read Six Stories – go read it!) The book is written as a series of 6 podcasts about an old crime interspersed with the inner thoughts and feelings of a main character, in this case Arla herself. Each podcast is an interview with a different person interconnected to the crime or the criminals story. However, King is not there to give a judgement or solve the case, he just provides information for you to interpret how you want. I love how Wesolowski keeps you guessing and throwing in twists left, right and centre. This story is about Arla Macleod a young woman who killed her entire family, seemingly out of the blue. This story isn’t a whodunit but why she done it and the more you delve into the story the more the mystery deepens.

Maybe I’ve led a sheltered life but Wesolowski introduced me to world of deadly myths and games and how they are adapting to this modern technological age on social media, online chatrooms and forums.  Most of which I have still been too scared to look into on Google, in particular the BEKs whose chilling description have ensured they have infiltrated my dreams on one than one occasion.

I had rushed out to buy and start reading Hydra the day after I finished Six Stories and was slightly worried it wouldn’t live up to how much I loved Six Stories. Thankfully I had nothing to be worried about. Hydra is an intriguing, disturbing and haunting read, I was locking doors and checking windows after every few pages. Each ‘story’ left me with more questions than answers, forcing to me read on to the next chapter, making more judgements and assumptions until the end! The only thing Im disappointed about is that I have to wait much longer for the next book! Please say there will be a third Matt??




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