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….
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, 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. 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.
Dark, disturbing and creepy, this book finds all hauls out the biggest fears of people. The evil that may or may not lurk in us all. The monster that can be hidden beneath the surface, unseen and unknown.
This is a book that will chill the warmest person, making everyone look at those held on pedestals in a slightly different light. It’s style is utterly mesmerising and you will read parts of it, literally holding your breath because you’re examining it for clues. An absolute masterpiece. The attention to detail in each part of the book is immense, persuasive of each viewpoint. But who, if anyone is telling the truth?
It’s the sort of book that you read and then wonder just what is really behind the facade any of us present to the world.
From start to finish this book is an addictive, uncomfortable read, but I needed to know what the truth was. It’s a book that will stay with me for a very long time indeed. It also reflects the power that those we give to those we idolise, and how things can be hidden willingly or unwillingly.
All that said I absolutely loved it and it hooked me straight away. This I’m sure will be a favourite of mine this year!
With thanks to Anne Cater, Orenda Books and Matt Wesolowski for the advanced reading copy of this book.