By

Read By

Tim Bruce, Jane Slavin, Kris Dyer, Jonathan Keeble, Joan Walker, Julius Howe, Rebecca Rainsford

Length

9 hrs and 46 mins

Audiobook Review

Hydra

Matt Wesolowski

Overall
Performance

Like binging a deep dive true crime podcast about the creepiest, most disturbing story ever. But it’s fiction.

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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

THE BIRDICT

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- This is a true crime podcast as a novel. What’s not to love?

- The “black eyed children” are the stuff of pure nightmares and I mean that as the loftiest of praise.

- This is a mind-bender. Having an unreliable narrator in Arla Macleod means lots of fun and games trying to decide what is and isn’t real.

- A large cast of brilliant narrators made this so realistic, it had me going to my podcast app for the next episode.

- The sensitive manner of dealing with a troubled teen.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

Some of the dialogue didn’t feel natural, like characters using complex metaphors in regular speech.

SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO...​​

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It has the feel of the Cold podcast about the case of Susan Powell, but with eerie horror elements.
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The psychiatrist troll is the ultimate love-to-hate character.. I spent the whole time wondering if this was going to tip into the supernatural.
 
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ABOUT

Hydra

THE BLURB

In November 2014 Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and sister to death with a hammer.

Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an Internet sensation.

King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself as he questions whether Arla's responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out.