I would like to thank Anne Cater organising yet another fantastic #BlogTour and Karen Sullivan for the opportunity to read and review BEAST. You certainly have an eye for talent! Most of all I would like to thank Matt Wesolowski for such a spooktacular read. Yeah I know, don’t give up my day job right!?!
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…
This is the first book I have read of Matt Wesolowski and it will not be the last. For a start I have now read the Six Stories Series out of order as this is book four, although BEAST stands well on its own. I am intrigued to know what happened to Scott King….
BEAST has left me almost lost for words which lets face it, isn’t good when it comes to writing a review. Need to find my words….
I got absolutely lost in BEAST. If it wasn’t thinking about how Elizabeth had died it was the manipulation, secrets and lies told by everyone involved. How could so many people hide so much!?!
I have just finished reading and feel angry. Oh my gosh what are these people like. I want to shout at them all and make them realise what they are doing. Scott King is a master at interviewing and knows his instincts are pointing him towards something else, something just doesn’t add up.
I was drawn in by the vampires – are they real? I want them to be or do I? I love vampire stories… Although I certainly wouldn’t want to live in Ergarth!
Matt Wesolowski has written this intense and exceptional crime thriller that will appeal to anyone interested in the genre or even those who would like a vampire story with a twist!!!
The Author (I love that t-shirt)
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.
BEAST was published on 6 February 2020 by Orenda Books. To find out where you can get a copy go to Orenda Books.
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