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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Matt Shaw (28 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095597531X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955975318
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MATT SHAW is the published author of over 50 stories. Although known as being a horror author, he also enjoys spending time in other genres too - something he had always planned to do in order to have at least one book, in a wide collection, which would appeal to people from all walks of life. Shaw was first published in 2004 with his horror novel Happy Ever After - the first of his books to reach the number one slot on Amazon and the first of his books to use his trademark style of narrating the stories through the first person perspective. An extremely prolific writer, Matt Shaw is continually writing as well as keeping up to date with his readers via his (some might say) crazy Author Page on Facebook.

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Once Published weekly in a lad's magazine with his photography work, Matt Shaw is also a published author and cartoonist. More recently he is known for turning his stories into films.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Ward on 18 May 2011
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Peter is lonely for many reasons. The normal method of having a girlfriend who is independent, doesn't work for him, so he feels forced into the course he has chosen.

Vanessa is a pretty girl with a happy family that is the latest in Peter's line of Girlfriends. He is so certain that she is the one, that he decides all she needs to love him is time alone with him.

I had a couple of bad dreams after reading "Happy Ever After". However, before you decide not to buy it, this isn't a bad thing. It's just a sign of how good the writing is. I don't normally get dreams from books, my skin is thick enough for the scenarios to bounce off it. Matt Shaw however got under my skin with his.

Matt's writing is wonderful; he draws you in and keeps you there. Told through the eyes of the characters, the chill comes from the brick wall Peter has built. He is determined to keep Vanessa to himself... forever. The descriptions of the environment are vivid and the switch between viewpoints handled neatly - no head hopping here!
The point of view adds an intimacy to their interactions and as Vanessa realises her situation, you get a panicky claustrophobic feeling from her.

There isn't a happy ending and that may put some readers off.
However, the realism of the story makes up for that and by the end I had tears in my eyes for both the characters.

I feel that there is more to the story that could be told. While it is a short book, the intensity of the reading experience is superb and I can see this being a movie very easily.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Budgie136 on 30 Jan. 2012
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Read a horror they said.... "read a horror" being a rom com man, who normally only ventures outside of my Lisa Jewell Ben Elton bubble is to read the latest Jack Reacher novel, I was nagged and nagged to read a horror, so the search began, I then stumbled across this via a Facebook link a frend added, a download to my newly purchased Kindle and a weeks commute to the city later and I have completed this stunningly well written horror, told from two points of view, the 1st review is correct, and good book or video game to me is defind by how much you think / dream about it next stage when you put it down, the biggest complement I can pay to Matt Shaw is that when the 18:07 was delayed by a whole hour I did not even bat a eye lid. Congratulations, I am a horror convert
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on 23 Jun. 2011
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This is a great read if you like to finish books quickly without all the long drawn out descriptive stuff! I loved how it was written from two peoples' point of view, very gripping, chilling, realistic. A good dark read for horror lovers and anyone who likes a good thriller. I agree with the other reviews, would make a really good movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Delaney on 5 Jun. 2012
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I got this book without realising it was the second part of a trilogy. I only realised when I went to Amazon to source other work by this author. If you read this before the prequel, it won't detract from your enjoyment....i.e. you don't have to read the first story to be able to follow the tale. Again, this is the first book I have read by this author. It tells the story of Peter, who kidnaps Vanessa in his quest to find true love. The story is told from the perspective of both of the main characters. I was physically shaken after reading this book. It was a haunting account of a woman who is held captive by a deranged man. I could feel the tension as she tried to get out of her predicament, and even though there are hints by the author that she will never escape, the reader is left hoping and thinking she will. Does she escape? I'm not going to tell you, because that would ruin the tale for you. I haven't been this scared by a book for a long time...my heart was genuinely racing as I read it. I cannot wait to read the other two books in this series. The characters are well developed and entirely believable. The reader can envisage the house where the events take place perfectly, again due to the author's descriptive talent. I know for a fact I am going to be having nightmares tonight. And I also know that by tomorrow night I will no doubt be writing a review for the other two books. Absolutely brilliant although I am slightly worried by how well the author gets into the mind of the kidnapper! Is there something we should know? Lol.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By harlequinn55 on 11 Feb. 2012
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I had been stuck inside for five days suffering from the dreaded flu and had completely overdosed on the tellybox so I decided to download some more books onto my kindle. Luckily this gem was listed and I clicked on it to see what it was, after reading the reviews and relating to Vanessas plight at being trapped I instantly downloaded it and read it without stopping once that same day. I then downloaded 'GSOH' and 'A Fresh start', and read those one after the other yesterday.
I'm sad I've finished the trilogy because they really were all brilliant books and although I wanted to get to the end to find out what happened, I didnt want it to finish.
I love the authors style of writing, how there are not nine million characters padding it out or cluttering it up and how in this book its seen from the angle of the two main characters both of which, I felt oddly sorry for.
I've been a big horror fan since I was young and this is just my kind of book. Chilling and something I really wish I'd written.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes something a little bit different, in fact I've already recommended the trilogy to one of my friends last night as I want to talk to someone about it, because as other reviewers have said 'it stays with you'.
Well done Matt Shaw, I am looking forward to reading your other work (two already downloaded onto my kindle and ready to go).
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