What’s it about?
2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivalled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure.
In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. And who’s to blame… As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth.
I’d seen this book doing the rounds on various book blogs via a book tour and seen very positive reviews so picked it for my next Audible download.
The story is told via a series of podcasts so was absolutely perfect to experience it with an audio book. It’s a unique and interesting way to tell the story and like nothing I’ve ever read or listened to before, made all the better I think by the fact I listened to it, just as if it was on the radio or I was actually listening to real time interviews.
For me, I felt the book started off quite slowly. This, I think, is down to me in part, as I’m a) not used to listening to audio books yet and b) I’ve never listened to a podcast before either. I just needed to get used to the format and try really really hard to remember all the information given by the six different characters. I found that the second half picked up pace considerably and I then found it hard to stop listening.
It does help that the main character’s voice, Scott King, is a very appealing voice and easy to listen too. In fact, the audio book as a whole is very well narrated and there are a lot of voices, something like 17 I believe. The only one I wasn’t quite sure of was Anya, her voice sounded like an automated voice.
The events reveal the darker side of groups of teenagers and the things they’ll do to fit in; drugs, alcohol and bullying to name a few. It’s chilling, sometimes uncomfortable with plenty of red herrings but overall, very now, a very clever idea and 100% worth the listen!
Small print for info
No of pages: 320