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Hydra

(2017)
(The second book in the Six Stories series)
A novel by

 
 
A family massacre. A deluded murderess. Five witnesses. Six stories. Which one is true?

One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 21-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father 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, Arla 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 witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a 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…
Dark, chilling and gripping, Hydra is both a classic murder mystery and an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, that shines light in places you may never, ever want to see again.

‘Bold, clever and genuinely chilling with a terrific twist that provides an explosive final punch’ Deidre O’Brien, Sunday Mirror

‘A genuine genre-bending debut’ Carla McKay, Daily Mail

'Impeccably crafted and gripping from start to finish’ Doug Johnstone, The Big Issue

‘The very epitome of a must-read’ Heat

‘Wonderfully horrifying … the suspense crackles’ James Oswald

‘A complex and subtle mystery, unfolding like a dark origami to reveal the black heart inside’ Michael Marshall Smith

‘A relentless and original work of modern rural noir which beguiles and unnerves in equal measure. Matt Wesolowski is a major talent’ Eva Dolan

‘Original, inventive and brilliantly clever’ Fiona Cummins

'Once again Matt Wesolowski has written a truly excellent literary mystery that is gripping from beginning to end’ Atticus Finch

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Original, inventive and brilliantly clever." - Fiona Cummins

"Wonderfully atmospheric. Matt Wesolowski is a skilled storyteller with a unique voice. Definitely one to watch." - Mari Hannah

"The literary equivalent of dark metal - gritty, dark, often shocking, and always exciting. A masterful debut." - Kati Hiekkapelto

"A stunning piece of writing - chock full of atmosphere, human insight and beautiful writing. Take a note of this guy's name. He's going to be huge!" - Michael J Malone

"Wonderfully horrifying ... the suspense crackles." - James Oswald

"A tight, claustrophobic mystery." - David F Ross

"A complex and subtle mystery, unfolding like dark origami to reveal the black heart inside." - Michael Marshall Smith


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Paperback Editions

January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Hydra (Six Stories)
Author(s): Matt Wesolowski
ISBN: 1-910633-97-6 / 978-1-910633-97-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orenda Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

June 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: Hydra: An Episode of Six Stories
Author(s): Matt Wesolowski
ISBN: 1-978624-37-9 / 978-1-978624-37-5
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


February 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Hydra: An Episode of Six Stories
Author(s): Matt Wesolowski
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


February 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Hydra: An Episode of Six Stories
Author(s): Matt Wesolowski
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Hydra: An Episode of Six Stories
Author(s): Matt Wesolowski
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Hydra: An Episode of Six Stories
Author(s): Matt Wesolowski
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

December 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Hydra (Six Stories Series)
Author(s): Matt Wesolowski
Publisher: Orenda Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


November 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hydra (Six Stories)
Author(s): Matt Wesolowski
Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU