Matt Wesolowski: Demon

Today I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Demon. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour.


In 1995, the picture-perfect village of Ussalthwaite was the site of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable, in a case that shocked the world.

Twelve-year-old Sidney Parsons was savagely murdered by two boys his own age. No reason was ever given for this terrible crime, and the ‘Demonic Duo’ who killed him were imprisoned until their release in 2002, when they were given new identities and lifetime anonymity.

Elusive online journalist Scott King investigates the lead-up and aftermath of the killing, uncovering dark stories of demonic possession, and encountering a village torn apart by this unspeakable act.

And, as episodes of his Six Stories podcast begin to air, and King himself becomes a target of media scrutiny and the public’s ire, it becomes clear that whatever drove those two boys to kill is still there, lurking, and the campaign of horror has just begun…


I am a massive fan of the Six Stories series, so I was over the moon when I heard there was a new instalment. Demon follows the same format as its predecessors: six episodes of a podcast looking at a crime from several years ago from six different angles. Each episode made me change my opinion about what had happened and I am absolutely in awe of Wesolowski’s plotting that he manages to do this. 

Demon starts a little more slowly than its predecessors and I will admit that it took me a little more time to get to grips with the background of the case. However, Wesolowski has created characters that I found really intriguing and I really wanted to know what had happened. It is testament to the author’s talent that I felt sorry for Robbie and Danny for large parts of the book, as I obviously do not condone killing a child. Some of the situations in which they found themselves made me feel highly emotional. 

There is a supernatural element to Demon which runs throughout the whole book. I am usually quite sceptical of the supernatural, but Wesolowski’s descriptions are so convincing that it is impossible not to be curious about – and a little creeped out by – the strange events about which he writes. 

I don’t want to say anything about the ending – except WOW! I will be thinking about this book for a while yet! 

Demon is available from Amazon.

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