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Smile: A Tale of Horror and Suspense [Kindle Edition]

Matt Shaw
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Book Description

He was standing there. Right there. He kept shouting that he was going to go but.... he wasn't moving... he wasn't. I thought he was bluffing... I only turned my back on him for a moment. A moment! Had I seen him go... of course I would have followed. Of course I would have gone after my younger brother! The thought of him lost in this shopping centre... alone... it sends shivers down my back.

I have to find him. I WILL find him. Anything to get out of having to make the call home to mum. She's going to be so mad...

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Alex's mum was tired and over-worked. Holding down a full-time job, keeping the house clean and looking after the children - the youngest of which was still a handful with his ADHD as they tried to get the medication right - she just wanted a break. Even if it were only for an afternoon - so she sent Alex to the shopping mall, with his younger brother who was throwing a tantrum because he wanted to go to the toy store to spend his pocket money. She never once thought Alex would lose his younger brother in the crowds.

And no one would have guessed how the day would have ended or just how many more children were missing.

'Smile' is a new horror from the best-selling author behind the 'Happy Ever After Trilogy' - told through the eyes of the main character as he frantically searches for his missing brother.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1270 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ACZER4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaky, scary, brilliant. June 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first horror book I've read for a while (more accurately, it's a 'novella, but at this price you can't quibble!) that really hit all the right buttons. It's terrifying, properly, and downright creepy - top marks! I won't say anything about what happens, because it'd spoil it, but it's well worth a read, as are Mr. Shaw's other books - top notch, all of them. Short reads for an afternoon, and cheap, too - well worth the price of admission, and more.


Craig Saunders, author of A Stranger's Grave and Spiggot
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sleepless night! July 5, 2012
By Lyn1972
Format:Kindle Edition
I started this book last night. I thought I'd take a quick look before bed.....I gave up on brief look idea fairly quickly and resigned myself to a tired next day.
Great story with a build of tension right from the start. This Authors books are consistently very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By SarahP
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Pennywise is the only clown I have ever had a fear of...until now.

The story grabbed me from the first page and didn't let me go until the end. It's a quick read that will leave you feeling unnerved. Shopping malls may never be the same...

Highly recommend and look forward to reading more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll look for more by this author October 3, 2013
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This was a decent read. I liked the writing as well as the story (it wasn't error-free, but there weren't so many that it was distracting either). I found myself wanting to know more about the characters, as their lives were quickly touched in this short story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a shopper, not a clown lover! February 14, 2013
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A typical teen, Alex has been asked to take his younger brother, Lewis, (who has ADHD), to the mall to give his mother a break. Alex's reward for doing so is the pair of shoes he has been wanting, all he has to do is take Lewis to the toy store he wants to visit. So far, so good, except for the creepy mall clown that is trying, unsuccessfully to make Lewis laugh.

First on Alex's agenda is to take care of what he wants to do, promising little Lewis his time will come, they will go to the store he wants to see. As Alex gets wrapped up in his own shopping, Lewis disappears and cannot be found! Security cameras show him there one minute and gone the next!

What happens next only adds to the terror of losing his brother! For a short read, I have to say, this is detailed, tense, realistic and horrific! It is every parent's nightmare, times ten!

Some people love clowns, some think they are creepy-I'd love to know how you feel about clowns after reading this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read...Until the ending February 3, 2013
By Kristy
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This was a real page turner, but a little mundane in certain spots. Ending was totally unexpected. I would recommend this short read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Devilish January 31, 2013
By Iris
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This is definitely a short story that I will remember at the worst moments and feel a shiver run down my spine. The build was slow but it still managed to suck me in. That very last scene will stick with me. It thrilled me on so many levels I was laughing at the cleverness and holding back tears of shock. Good Read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smile January 14, 2013
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Good book. I liked it, but had it figured out the moment he mentioned the clown. Close are just FREAKING creepy
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Smile
First off Smile prays on one of the many nightmares every parent dreads, losing your child while out shopping, it nearly happened to me once and the panic is indescribable. Read more
Published 4 days ago by paul nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good short story but I want more
This was a good, quick read. It can also be found Matt Shaw’s story collection ‘Tastes of Horror.” You pay a little bit more but get a lot in return so it’s a value. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Shaun Hupp
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 Shaw Book In A Row and He Socks Me Yet Again. Awesome!
This is the 3rd Shaw book that I've read in as many day and he got me again. (I read "ART" and then SEED" both were amazing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by PURPLE JEWELS
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy!
This grabs your attention from the first page! Great short story! Missing children in a large mall, creepy clowns. Will be reading more from this author.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars hard to get into
I found it hard to get into this story. The font was so large that even on my smallest setting, it was huge. (Which I find annoying. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nickinic - Ebooks Galore
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing.
I knew from the title and cover that it was going to end up being something sinister, but when the books starts you're kept guessing just exactly when something bad is going to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Pounding
I could not put this book down! I found myself breathless as the ending came to a peak. I had to re-read the ending a number of times. Read more
Published 13 months ago by marmoo1954
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stuff of Nightmares!
I have only recently begun giving these short novellas a chance. I am still hesitant at the idea of reading so called books of such short lengths. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Krimini
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More About the Author

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.

"Roald Dahl's Collection of Short Stories"
Tim Burton's Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy
Anything, really, written by himself. Because he is that good.

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