The Shady Corner

The Shady Corner

by Matthew Williams

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ISBN-13: 9781477214763
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 07/20/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 412
File size: 391 KB

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The Shady Corner 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
It's increasingly hard to find anything original in the horror genre, so The Shady Corner took me by surprise with its unique story line. The one drawback for me was the way the story jumped back and forth in the timeline. It felt that some chapters ended rather abruptly and then jumped to a different time in David's life. In spite of that, the story does move at a fast pace and the characters are complex and love them or hate them, they're intriguing. Williams paints an eerie picture and sets a scene masterfully as he takes us throughout the life of the troubled David. In fact, I spent most of this tale simultaneously hating David and feeling sorry for him. Some scenes are graphic and disturbing, and a lot of the story is psychological in nature with a bit of the supernatural keep the chills and tension rising. The book, on the whole, is completely riveting and kept me turning pages to see what would happen next.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
We start this story with David and his family. They go out to eat and next thing he knows. David is being yelled at by his wife for almost killing someone and scaring their kids to death. The problem is that David doesn’t remember what happened and starts second guessing themselves. Then David starts having nightmare of violence and blood. As the story progresses we start learning more about David and his evilness. I loved Shadowchild and couldn’t wait to get into The Shady Corner. Although I might have had an idea where I though this book was going, I was completely wrong. There were twists and turns to this story that kept me off balance and kept me guessing what was going to happen next. I love horror stories and those that give me the shivers are the best. Matthew Williams has a way of writing that makes this story fresh and scary as heck. I strongly recommend checking him out if you like gruesome horror stories. I hope he has more books on the way. I received The Shady Corner from Silver Dagger Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
I read horror on occasion to switch it up, but more often than not I’m left feeling kind of ‘ho-hum’ about them… like the author TRIES to be ‘scary’ but it’s not. Okay… that was NOT the case with this book, “The Shady Corner”. YIKES!!! Don’t know why I read it at night because this is a book that will DEFINITELY give you nightmares! (pun intended- ha!) I thought it was just well written and kept my attention the whole way through. There is some setting up the stage of action on the beginning, and at first it is a bit confusing figuring out what is up with David – if it’s dreams or real or what, but then it all starts to make sense and we are caught up with the bizarre, surreal craziness of David’s evil mind. I was actually surprised at a few things that happened, and thought the tension and narrative was great throughout. It does need better editing though, but I still enjoyed the ride. David is one of those characters that will be impossible to forget anytime soon. I will be looking forward to reading more books from Matthew Williams. Recommend reading for fans of horror novels with a dark psychological twist.
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
"The Shady Corner” is the second book I’ve now read from this author, Matthew Williams, and everything you could possibly want from a gripping horror novel is found here: solid world building, three dimensional characters (some of whom you love, others whom you hate or are terrified of), high stakes, life and death situations, treachery, evil, and a great supporting cast. This is a long book, but fortunately there is not a boring or dull moment to be found. The plot moves at a quick pace (considering the plot setup and character backstory necessary in the beginning), there is enough action to keep you invested and intrigued and although there are some deep, dark and evil machinations dotted throughout, it never becomes too much to take---but it gets darn close at times! I found that I was hooked in from the very first page and remained there until I reached the end which is saying something! It’s not a perfect book by any stretch, some editing and formatting issues here and there, some bouts of ‘telling’ (especially with regards to the dialogue tags!)… but it does deliver frighteningly believable and ‘entertaining’ tale that even well-read fans of dark horror and suspense are sure to enjoy and be freaked out by.
essieh More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars "The Shady Corner” by Matthew Williams is hands down one of the creepiest and darkly riveting books I’ve read in a long time! Perfect for the Halloween season, or anytime really… I was completely drawn in from the opening pages, and thought it seemed really original, even though the whole ‘crazy psycho killer guy’ angle has been done to death, Williams’ buts a cool angle on it where we the readers feel like we never really know what’s up with him, not until the end which was an interesting twist. So it’s not predictable or cliché, which is a relief. From the opening pages I knew this book would be unlike anything I was used to reading and I was right. We feel transported not only into the various characters’ heads throughout the different experiences and their circumstances—sometimes the worst, most terrifying moments of their lives— dark and quite disturbing at other times. Fast paced and unpredictable. Some minor editing issues and a lot of coarse language and horrifying events, but there is a raw grittiness there that was quite appealing for hardcore horror fans. Mature readers only.
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
although horror is not my favorite genre (but I do enjoy Steven King – go figure), I really enjoyed “The Shady Corner” by author Matthew Williams. I thought it was excellently written and with great descriptions – I could always picture everything (and everyone) perfectly. It did keep me engaged, and I liked Mr. Williams’s edgy and dark writing style very much, and found myself completely lost in this bizarre world and characters, from the ordinary and innocent, to the pure evil. I was surprised by the amount of emotion and investment Williams managed to pull from the reader in a story as dark as this one, and pack such a punch where we are often left with our jaws hanging open. Definitely had to close the book and step away and gather my wits more than once. Some scenes are VERY hard to take, yet you find yourself unable to quit. Sign of a gifted writer there. Will definitely be checking out works from Matthew Williams in the future, Really glad I took a chance on this one…Recommend for readers 18+
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
"The Shady Corner” is one of those books where I think an initial reaction would be, “YES!” I really enjoyed it- in a really morbid and terrifying sort of way. While I haven't moved this book to my favorites shelf, I can and do highly recommend it. I appreciate the intelligent and dark complexity Matthew Williams uses in creating not only these fascinating and seriously disturbed characters, but seeing how they react to different, quite difficult, downright awful and terrifying circumstances. But I do think that this book could use some tightening and speed up the pacing, especially in the beginning. At first I thought the jumping around from the times to be a little jarring, and yet I found myself trying to remember when it was taking place and why it mattered, for some reason (which was distracting). But I enjoyed the lore that Williams uses, his blend of horror, mystery, and psychological evil and seemingly ‘ordinary’ people. We have a connection with David (for better or worse) and really are invested in his drama, and the overall plot and writing was so interesting that I forgave most of my qualms about some execution and proofing issues. Great dark horrifying read that will satisfy fans of the genre. Adults only due to graphic violence, language, and sexual situations.
JTHACK More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I like the fact that “The Shady Corner” by Matthew Williams is a fully-realized horror novel that contains many standard elements and tropes, but is still a fresh story that stands well on its own right and doesn’t feel derivative of others I have read in the genre, which is a nice change. I feel like the horror genre has become incredibly cliché, so it’s nice to find a book that seems to break some of the rules and think outside the box more. That said, this novel isn’t without its flaws. The characters are very well developed, especially David we get a great insight to his evil insanity, and the rest of the characters feel authentic in their own right. I thought it to be dark and more character-driven than action driven (although there is plenty of killing and mayhem!), and definitely on the weird and freaky and bloody murderous side. The writing is fast-paced and flows well, great dialogue and overall tone. However, the editing really needs improvement, and it affects my rating because it does affect my reading experience. There are rampant punctuation issues and places that the scenes could definitely be trimmed to heighten the tension more (just useless ‘filler’ scenes or conversation that added nothing). But overall an intriguing, original, haunting, spine tingling-story and the ending is interesting and definitely makes it a worthwhile read. Recommend for (adult) fans of horror/suspense.
CJ2277 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars "The Shady Corner” by Matthew Williams is a horror/ mystery/psychological thriller rolled into one darkly disturbing tale! (and I mean that in a good way). I’ve read a lot of horror in my days, and while you can feel some influences here of some of the masters, Williams’s story feels original in its own way with the creation of the evil monster of David, the main character in this book who is responsible for so much imaginable horror and bloodshed. I was completely drawn in from the beginning scenes and we know we are in for a violent and rough ride from the beginning. So be warned. This is not for the squeamish or faint of heart. The writing is very, very descriptive and we really feel like we are there watching this twisted and disturbing story unfold. Williams’s powerful, evocative word choices truly bring this terrifying character to life. It’s a pretty long book, but filled with shocking twists, and a satisfying ending. Recommend for (mature) readers of horror and mystery/suspense.