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A House in the Country: A Tale of Psychological Horror [Kindle Edition]

Matt Shaw
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Book Description

Dean and Jess knew the house had a tragic past but it did not stop them from making the move with their young daughters. It was supposed to be a new - and bigger - home with which they could continue to build upon their already established happy memories but as the house's past begins to haunt them they realize it is not the dream they first hoped it to be.

From Matt Shaw (author of The Cabin, Happy Ever After and Sick B*stards) comes a new novella; a tale of psychological horror and slow-building tension leading to an unforgettable climax.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1852 KB
  • Print Length: 79 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L8XUP30
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,470 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, psychological horror! 27 Jun. 2014
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There are some things that scare each and every one of us. Things that would scare anyone - mainly because we can all relate to that one thing that terrifies us. I think it's safe to say that being attacked/haunted in your own home would be near the top of the list. Regardless of your stance, stature, bravado or common sense, if you came home and something wasn't right in your'd fear for your life. Throw into that a family, two children and a doting wife...and you have A House In The Country.

Matt Shaw's latest novella - for it's very short, I read it in just over an hour - is simple in premise. A family move into their dream home in the country. However, on their arrival, the spare bedroom has a weird smell. On further investigation, over a period of a week, all isn't as it seems and it's only a matter of time until the parents realise something isn't quite right here. Then they discuss the house's past...and the death that occurred some time before. Cheap houses come with a price, ironically.

Now, we've seen this countless times. Remarkably, Shaw keeps it original and trim, focusing on the four family members (dad, mum, two daughters) as they traverse the weird activities taking place in their home. From a subtle door moving, to noises in the night and strange figures in the windows. The standard haunted house tropes are there but they are effectively creepy, providing a taut, if fairly quick read that showcases Shaw's talent to spook as well as disgust. He may be well known for his extreme horror but Shaw proves here that he can also do subtle, with alarming ease.

But it's so much fun. When was the last time a door moving was so creepy? The fear and terror is heightened because this family haven't done a thing wrong.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a haunted house story like no other I've read. 26 Jun. 2014
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My first 5 star Matt Shaw story. Bravo Sir! Finally someone comes up with a story where the slogan “a haunted house story like no other" wouldn't be overhyped.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anothre great book 24 Jun. 2014
By Delboy
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Yet again a great book from matt shaw
I have read 5 books so far and this is No 6 read this in one sitting
Mr shaw will not let you down with any of his books
I know I will be reading them all
And I think all off his books are 5 stars
Just get reading him
Keep up the good work mr shaw
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly dark as usual!!!! 26 Jun. 2014
By Sarah g
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Another amazing book by Matt Shaw....Have literally just finished it with my mouth still open in shock at the twist!! Just when you think you know where the story is comes the blow of an unexpected twist! Room for a sequel I feel...a,kind of what happened next??? Loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 26 Jun. 2014
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this book was very different from tho other matt shaw books I have read but this is equally on the same.high quality level with how the family starts falling apart and loved the ending on to the next book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 24 Jun. 2014
By Dee C.
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Not what you expect...or is it. We are talking Matt Shaw here.. an ending out of the blue..Matt is going to be around for a long time I think. His versatility is amazing...from extreme horror and Gore to ghost stories and semi romance novels. If you haven't read Matt Shaw yet....then you should!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A House in the Country - Creepy Tale of Terror 23 July 2014
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A House in the Country Matt Shaw - A Creepy Tale of Terror

This started out like the typical haunted house story but Matt manages to pull you in and have you rooting for this family as strange things go bump in the night. Everything that happens could have a perfectly normal explanation but of course you know otherwise and the tension mounts as you urge the family to wake up and run the hell away. You are reading with one eye closed and your fists clenched as the tension mounts and you pray everything will turn out right.

The story is based around two gorgeous girls and their loving parents as they move into their dream house. It should be a new start, an idyllic environment where they can create the perfect childhood and store up some wonderful memories. BUT… Things start to get moved and one of the rooms is imbued with a foul stench that just won’t seem to leave. When things start to go wrong we wonder are the girls acting out and defying their parents or is there something more insidious at play here. A daughter with nightmares adds to the mix and confusion and as the strange incidents add up we find out the house has a disturbing past, are they just imagining things or is something evil lurking in wait.

I enjoyed Matt’s portrayal of this old favorite. It is done in a creepy manner that has you rushing through the pages, breath held. There is one scene that is so creepy it just gives me goose bumps.

This tale has a great ending, if a little rushed – but there again isn't that the ultimate compliment when things end too quickly.

Caroline Gebbie Author of Daddy Won't Kill You
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4.0 out of 5 stars A creepy spinechilling psychological horror. 19 July 2014
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This is the story of Jess and Dean and their two children - Sophie and Caroline. They move into their dream house in the country that harbours a deep secret - the previous owners wife committed suicide in the spare room. From the first day strange things begins happening, strange smells, things moved around. Does the ghost of the wife still reside there or is the truth far more sinister?

I read this in one sitting, it was that good, but it was also a quick read with a plot that took you quickly. I was drawn in straight away and identified with the family. Featuring a small cast, the story was tight, chilling and utterly creepy. From the first page you are grabbed and as is Matts style, you care for the characters until the ultimately shocking twist at the end. In truth I would have liked this longer but that didn't detract from the quality of this excellent novella.

I received a complimentary copy of this novella in exchange for my honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book but needs more at the end
Published 1 month ago by sally turnham
4.0 out of 5 stars A house in the country
Really enjoyed this book.
A much tamer read. So one for everyone.
Great characters,a very good twist at the end!
Published 1 month ago by victoria booth
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I was instantly taking in by the book but the ending wasn't as good as I was hoping but it did have me on the edge of my seat a couple of times
Published 1 month ago by Miss C Lamb
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ending
This book started off well and had me gripped all the way through until the end which has left me really disappointed that there was no satisfactory ending.
Published 2 months ago by Georgia
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Poorly written - rather over-used plot concept & thin characterisation......
Published 4 months ago by Mark Temple
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fab short story with a good twist
Published 4 months ago by Denise Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
An okay read
Published 5 months ago by C B Garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Couldn't stop reading once I started,very well written keeps you guessing till the very end didn't expect the twist,well done.
Published 5 months ago by Susan Birch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 months ago by Debra shearman
4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been brilliant.
A good read until the very rushed end, as if the author had run out of ideas, this could have been a brilliant ghost story.
Published 7 months ago by B. Walker
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