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Happy Ever After (The Peter Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Matt Shaw
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Book Description

If it's just you and me, together, for the rest of our lives - no-one else to mess things up... could you ever love me?

Peter loves Vanessa. He loves her a lot and is looking forward to starting a nice life with her, and only her. No one else to get in the way and mess up their beautiful relationship. He'll do anything for her. Absolutely anything to make her happy. Anything to see that beautiful smile of hers. Anything to live happily ever after with her.
The only problem is - Vanessa doesn't know Peter and, more importantly, understand why she is cuffed to the dining room table.

Told through the eyes of the two people living the story, follow Peter as he keeps Vanessa prisoner hoping that she will fall in love with him and follow Vanessa as she desperately looks for a way out of this hell.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 288 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HZXZ1U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark mind 30 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Scared me to absolute death! 5 Jun. 2012
By Suzanne
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and absorbing. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FAB!
Really quick read, but impossible not to immediately download book 2! Fantastic.
Published 7 months ago by Victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Another page turner, love that it's written with each characters perspective. Keep them coming Matt, you have a twisted mind and I love you for it!! :0)
Published 9 months ago by Laura tawn
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Loved this book it caught me from the first page to the last it was a rollercoaster. I will look for more books from this author
Published 10 months ago by Pamela
2.0 out of 5 stars Very peculiar story
As a short quick read I don't really know what to make to this book. I did want to know what happened at the end l felt like I was just reading to get to the end and finish it.
Published 10 months ago by Hannah Davison
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Utter rubbish.Do not waste time on this load of an excuse of a supposed story.The worst book ever.No plot.No ending.
Published 12 months ago by ki
4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable tale
What started off very strange ended up being a very good read and I enjoyed the book it was certainly different .
Published 14 months ago by peter wallace
2.0 out of 5 stars A really sick story
I didn't like the storyline or the chaaracters. There was nothing endearing or interesting about them. I would not recommend it and will not be buying the sequel.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
No way will I bother with any more books by this author. The whole thing was complete and utter rubbish. Was he trying to write a black comedy? If so he didn't succeed.
Published 18 months ago by JJ
2.0 out of 5 stars Very sick and twisted
I think this book was way too graphic and frankly quite sickening. I only finished it to see if she'd get away.. And the ending was disappointing.
Published on 27 Mar. 2013 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Smiles all round! :)
Fantastic.... great character and and a great story... seriously looking forward to the next in this trilogy!
Good work Matt Shaw! :)
Published on 23 Mar. 2013 by Suzanne Reeves
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