February 18th, 2021 by Jane Turner
This review of Deity by Matt Wesolowski comes courtesy of a Blog Tour from Random Things. I received a free copy of the ebook. Deity is published on ebook already, and in paperback today (18 February 2021) by Orenda Books.
When pop megastar Zach Crystal dies in a fire at his remote mansion, his mysterious demise rips open the bitter divide between those who adored his music and his endless charity work, and those who viewed him as a despicable predator, who manipulated and abused young and vulnerable girls.
Online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the accusations of sexual abuse and murder that were levelled at Crystal before he died. But as Scott begins to ask questions and rakes over old graves, some startling inconsistencies emerge. Was the fire at Crystal’s remote home really an accident? Why was he never officially charged? Are reports of a haunting really true?
Dark, chillingly topical and deeply thought-provoking, Deity is both an explosive, spine-chilling thriller and a startling look at how heroes can fall from grace and why we are willing to turn a blind eye to even the most heinous of crimes…
This is the first I’ve read by Mr Wesolowski, but it definitely won’t be the last. This was so good that I’m reaching for his back catalogue!
Deity was written during the UK’s first COVID-19 lockdown (Mar to Jun 2020). (I’m obviously an underachiever, and I’m guessing many others will feel the same).
The concept for the Six Stories series is quite brilliant. Our podcast host, Scott King, attempts to find answers and fill in gaps by getting six interviews from different sources / people.
The book reads like a transcribed podcast, and each of the Six Stories is its own chapter/section – so the chapters are quite long, but this doesn’t detract at all. I love the format.
Now, to the story itself.
This book is the story of one fictional celebrity, Zach Crystal, who reminds me of Michael Jackson in power, popularity and reputation for the weird. It’s a story of ultimate fandom, grizzly folktales, obsession, and the corruption of power.
And there are twists, turns, people to blame and people to protect. There’s no stomach churning detail of abuse here, just implications. Parts of it read like a paranormal horror.
And it’s done so incredibly well.
Delve into the very weird world of Zach Crystal, the ultimate celebrity. You won’t be disappointed.
I’m off to read the back catalogue…
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- and 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 the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. His debut thriller, Six Stories, was an Amazon bestseller in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, 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. Changeling, the third book in the series, was published in 2019 and was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. His fourth book, Beast, won the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Independent Voice Book of the Year award in 2020.
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