Dawn reviews Matt Converses Behind The Velvet Curtain, published 2nd March 2015 by Comet Press, and is approx 65 pages long.
Offered free copy in exchange for honest review.
Matt Jaxx was just a scrawny kid from Ohio who moved to San Francisco in hopes of starting a new life. He cut his hair, started working out, his acne cleared, and suddenly he was desirable. But when he was up on stage, he held onto the same insecurities he clung to in his childhood. The stripper façade was complete, but inside, he was still the anxious kid he’d always been.
Justin was a young hunk living in the same apartment building. Matt previously would’ve thought Justin was out of his league. But Matt took a chance and approached, and to his surprise, the attraction was mutual. Over time, the off the charts sex began to turn to love, something Matt hadn’t expected.
But just when Matt seemed to have everything he desired, a stalker with a twisted obsession appeared with plans to take it all away.
I read the blurb for this book, and from that, knew I wanted to read this book.
In the story, told in the first person, we meet Matt Jaxx, who works in a boring job in a bank. He is talked into auditioning for a job at The Hob Hill Theatre as a stripper. He gets the job, and loves the stripping! He keeps this side of his life private until someone he knows sees his show and tells everyone, so Matt decides to quit his “boring” job.
Around the same time, he meets a good-looking guy in his apartment block called Justin, and they hit it off and get together. He then also starts working at another theatre, and gets fired from The Nob Hill Theatre when found out! But Matt doesn’t seem bothered with this.
While working at the new theatre, he manages to attract someone who is creepy looking, and he soon becomes a regular at Matt’s shows. He seems to disappear and Matt is relieved, but then each day when he goes to the dressing room to change, he sees the “creepers” trademark brown paper bags. One night Matt decides to search the changing room, and find the man hiding in a locker. He confronts him, and makes him leave telling him that he will have him banned from the theatre, and the creeper left but on leaving he promised Matt “I’ll see you again, one way or another”. He seems ok at the time with confronting the creeper man, but then he keeps having nightmares, but it is Justin who the creeper attacks.
In time, even though he is only 29 years old, he decides that he can’t keep stripping all his life, and decides to write a book. He sends it off to various publishers, but just gets the standard thanks but no thanks letters, until one day he finds someone who wants to publish his book. His book seems to take off, and then to complete it all, he is approached about making his story into a film.
To promote his book, Matt goes on a book signing, and one day he is approached by the man he called “The Creeper”, who is angry that Matt has included him in his book. He gets Matt to sign his book, but leaves him with a threatening message.
Life goes back to normal for Matt, until one day he receives a letter from “The Creeper”, and this does freak Matt out, as it seems he knows where Matt lives. Matt rings Justin who says he will leave work and then he goes to pack a bag so that he can stay with Justin for a while.
As he enters his bedroom, and bends to remove his suitcase from under the bed, he notices a brown paper bag…….. and Matt realises that he is not alone……. especially when he sees a gun pointing at him…..
Does Matt manage to escape from his apartment? Does Justin manage to get to Matt before “The Creeper Man” pulls the trigger?
I am not going to say what happens, but will let you get the book and see for yourself, and perhaps I could say that what happened is not what you would expect!
I really did enjoy this book, and the events in Matt’s apartment meant that I could not put the book down until I had finished.