Review: Porn by Matt Shaw

Porn  is a story about Victoria Sheldon, a young woman who dreams of becoming an actress. Unfortunately, after finishing drama school, Victoria can only find work in the adult film industry and she seems to be a natural. Audiences love her performances and her costars love working with her. She’s even beginning to enjoy her job, until…

Victoria receives an email that contains an offer she can’t refuse. She’s offered a lot of money to star in what she believes is a porn film that simply involves things she’s not entirely comfortable with. She couldn’t be more wrong.

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I knew going in that this book would be disturbing. After all, the cover clearly says, “This is an extreme horror novel. It is not intended for those who are easily shocked or offended.” It’s part of Matt Shaw’s “Extreme” series, so, as I’m always looking for something to shock and scare me, I dove right in.

I was immediately thrilled with Shaw’s writing style. This book, just like most of his others, is written in first person, which to me, adds a fantastic dimension to the story. It didn’t take long for me to become completely immersed in the story. Shaw writes in a way that sucks in his readers and he refuses to let you go until you’ve finished the last page. I have come to hate the phrase, “I couldn’t put it down” because it is so overused and cliched, so I won’t say it here. What I will tell you is that I stayed up way too late to read “just a little more” and I neglected my job to finish it this morning.

This is not a book for the faint of heart. It contains sex, gore, and more than a little “extreme” terror. If these things bother you, even a little, don’t read this book. If you’re like me and feel like challenging authors to scare and disturb you, this may be the book to do it. I haven’t found a Matt Shaw book yet that doesn’t at least make me cringe a bit, and Porn made me cringe more than once.

Suspenseful, brilliantly-written, and with a marvelous twist at the end, if you’re into the extreme, you don’t want to pass up Porn.

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