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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Ends of the World is an urban fantasy thriller novel by Matthew Waterman. The central character of the tale is Matt, a writer who has recently suffered a traumatic incident where he almost killed a little boy with his car. The novel describes the aftermath of this event, where Matt’s grip on reality starts to slide as he is forever changed by the incident. Along with troubles in his relationship with his girlfriend Meda, Matt’s consciousness takes over his tumultuous emotions, and his normal life in the city is suddenly anything but ordinary. Changes from the inside begin seeping out, and it’s up to Matt to find his sanity again before it’s too late.
Unreliable narration is a tricky thing to get right, especially in the thriller genre, but Matthew Waterman has managed it very well. The changing perspectives of narration in Ends of the World give readers an insight into not only Matt’s inner psychological state, but also the way that others in his life see him, and how his fantasy characters are influenced by the events occurring in his real life. The gritty urban setting of city life gives rise to plenty of opportunities for drama and action, but it’s really the way that Matt’s mind works which gives this compelling tale the ability to keep you turning pages. Ends of the World is a fascinating and well written piece which delivers a lot more than the first glance promises, and I’d highly recommend it to fans of surprising and genuinely unique storytelling.