LONGLISTED for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
SHORTLISTED for Best Thriller at the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards 2019
SHORTLISTED for Best Independent Voice at the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards 2019
Elusive online journalist Scott King investigates another cold case – the disappearance of seven-year-old Alfie – in an intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought-provoking thriller … for fans of Serial
‘Insidiously terrifying, with possibly the creepiest woods since The Blair Witch Project … a genuine chiller with a whammy of an ending’ C J Tudor
‘Frighteningly wonderful … one of the best books I’ve read in years’ Khurrum Rahman
’A creepy, chilling read that is ridiculously difficult to put down’ Luca Veste
A missing child
A family in denial
Which one is true?
On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the dark Wentshire Forest Pass, when his father, Sorrel, stopped the car to investigate a mysterious knocking sound. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995.
Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. Journeying through the trees of the Wentshire Forest – a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there, he talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know what happened to the little boy…
Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought provoking, Changeling is an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, taking you to places you will never, ever forget.
‘Wonderfully horrifying … the suspense crackles’ James Oswald
‘Original, inventive and dazzlingly clever’ Fiona Cummins
‘A complex and subtle mystery, unfolding like dark origami to reveal the black heart inside’ Michael Marshall Smith
‘First-class plotting’ S Magazine
‘A dazzling fictional mystery’ Foreword Reviews
‘Readers of Kathleen Barber’s Are You Sleeping and fans of Ruth Ware will enjoy this slim but compelling novel’ Booklist
‘Haunting, horrifying, and heartrending. Fans of Arthur Machen, whose unsettling tale The White People provides an epigraph, will want to check this one out’ Publishers Weekly