Review: Happy Ever After by Matt Shaw

Happy Ever After is one of the most unique books I have ever read. It’s a story told from two different perspectives. One side comes from Peter and one from Vanessa. But let me back up…

Peter wants a girlfriend, someone to love him and someone he can love back. Everyone can relate to that, right? However, Peter’s way of “acquiring” a girlfriend is a little unique. Peter is in love with a woman who works at the bank, although he doesn’t really know her other than through their interactions at her job. He “gets” the girl and what follows is a seriously dark, twisted tale of captivity and insanity.

This is a seriously creepy book, but what makes it unique is that the author doesn’t have to resort to using tons of bad language and gore to get his point across. The characters are beautifully written and the story is realistic. You find yourself rooting for Peter and at the same time, hoping Vanessa can get out of the house. I can’t tell you any more than that without giving away major plot points, but I will tell you the book is brilliantly written and the end is shocking. I am now in love with this author’s writing and have downloaded almost all his other books.

Happy Ever After goes to show that horror doesn’t just come in the form of monsters. Humans are infinitely more scary than any vampire, zombie, or werewolf.



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