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Beast by Matt Wesolowski – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB
 

Continuing the unique, explosive Six Stories series, based around six podcasts comes a compulsive, taut and terrifying thriller, and a bleak and distressing look at modern society’s desperation for attention. Beast will unveil a darkness from which you may never return…

In the wake of the ‘Beast from the East’ cold snap that ravaged the UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on the Northumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old vlogger, Elizabeth Barton, had been barricaded inside what locals refer to as ‘The Vampire Tower’, where she was later found frozen to death.

Three young men, part of an alleged cult, were convicted of this terrible crime, which they described as a ‘prank gone wrong’. However, in the small town of Ergarth, questions have been raised about the nature of Elizabeth Barton’s death and whether the three convicted youths were even responsible.

Elusive online journalist Scott King speaks to six witnesses – people who knew both the victim and the three killers – to peer beneath the surface of the case. He uncovers whispers of a shocking online craze that held the young of Ergarth in its thrall and drove them to escalate a series of pranks in the name of internet fame. He hears of an abattoir on the edge of town, which held more than simple slaughter behind its walls, and the tragic and chilling legend of the Ergarth Vampire…

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MY REVIEW 

#4 in the Six Stories series and can be read as a stand-alone. But, in my opinion you are missing out on a fantastic series if you don’t also read the previous three books.

This really is an amazing read. Written as a series of podcasts by Scott King, with each episode an interview with one of six people. Witnesses, friends, family and acquaintances of the victim.

Lizzie B is a vlogger, with a large following, she’s beautiful, kind and very popular. She is taking part in the Dead In Six Days challenge and if she completes each challenge set by Vladlena, on the sixth day she meets a vampire. She posts daily updates to YouTube and her following is growing.

When Lizzie is found dead in the Tankerville ‘Vampire’ Tower’ the rumours and accusations begin to fly. Even though her killers were caught and imprisoned, Scott King wants to find out more.

Was Lizzie’s death the result of a prank gone wrong or something else entirely?

I love this book, from the podcast format to the story of the Ergarth Vampire, including vampire legend and even little mentions of Dracula.

It’s also a cautionary tale of those who feel their lives are measured by online likes, followers and subscribers. That being popular and ‘relevant’ is the be all and end all and has to be gained no matter what the cost. It’s beautifully written, dark, incredibly creepy and with some deliciously goosebumpy moments too and kept me totally gripped from start to the chilling ending. I loved every minute.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/2Vn8BBo

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
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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. A prequel, Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller.

 

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