One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 26-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 Children, whose presence extends far beyond the delusions of a murderess.
What does TWG think?
Having not read the authors previous novel, ‘Six Stories’, I had absolutely no idea what I was letting myself in for regarding ‘Hydra’. Obviously I had seen the social media posts about this book and, due to the high level of those posts, I was a little bit concerned that it was all hype. To be perfectly honest, after reading ‘Hydra’, I do feel that the book is a little over hyped, but seeing as this book has an average of 4.63/5 on Goodreads, I think it’s just me and not the author!
If you know me well, you’ll know that I rather enjoy stepping outside of my comfort zone where new books are concerned. ‘Hydra’ was no different. In fact, rather than ‘step’ out of my comfort zone, I pretty much took a plane to a different time zone out of my comfort zone! This book could not have been more different from my usual reads if it came and gave itself a paper cut.
‘Hydra’ is an exceptionally creepy, twisted, and dark read which seemed to enjoy filling my skin with a truck load of goosebumps. I found the way in which the author told the story highly unusual, allowing me to engage in the storyline and the characters on a much deeper level than I had originally anticipated.
Despite ‘Hydra’ not being 100% my cup of tea, I still could full appreciate the literary craftsmanship from Matt Wesolowski. It’s not his fault I was a scared cat where his book is concerned – at least the storyline was still able to create a reaction.
I’ve always admitted that I am not a massive fan of supernatural themes, but I must confess that Matt Wesolowski actually managed to get me enjoying those parts of the book (even though they were creepy as hell). It’s funny how books surprise you, isn’t it?
I am impressed by the authors well though out storytelling, especially the way in which he brought death to life (if you catch my drift). ‘Hydra’ is by far the most unusual book I have ever read and, despite not being totally convinced by the hype surrounding this book (my issue), I really surprised myself by enjoying a lot of this book thanks to Matt Wesolowski’s intense words.
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