In Six Stories, Matt Wesolowski probed the nature of truth, telling the story of a murder from multiple perspectives via investigative journalist Scott King, whose Serial-like podcasts have made him a cult figure. King returns in Hydra, examining the chilling “McLeod Massacre” through the memories of another clutch of unreliable narrators. Film rights for this popular series have been sold to Fox Searchlight. Michael J Malone’s House of Spines also asks whether we can believe its central character’s version of the truth. At its heart is a writer with mental health problems who uncovers secrets about his late mother and her family. As he roams the corridors of the family’s spooky mansion, readers may wonder whether Ran McGhie has lost his grip on reality.