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If you like Stephen King, then you'll like this book!
on 18 May 2011
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.