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The Piper [Hardcover]

Lynn S. Hightower
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd (27 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727882511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727882516
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.7 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,280,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars SCARY 6 April 2013
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Very different from Hightowers other novels, but I liked it. Not an ordinary crime story this time. More like a scary ghost story that sent cold shivers down my spine, and she does not explain everything, or does she ? Kept me guessing..............
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Piper 2 Feb 2013
A good story all round. The first I have read by this author and will now read more from her. At 250 pages it is a good length to read in one maybe two sittings. Would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Audio Version an Incredible Treat 4 Aug 2013
By Christopher Meeks - Published on
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I just finished "The Piper" by Lynn Hightower, which simply blew me away. I've known Hightower as a Shamus-Award-winning mystery writer, so I didn't look into what I was buying at all. I started the Audible book, and was quickly introduced to Olivia James, a pragmatic Southern woman living in Los Angeles. She receives a strange phone call from her brother who assures her everything is all right, that he "has paid the piper." The thing is, her brother has been dead for nine weeks.

I don't buy scary horror stories like this or those by Stephen King. Truth is, I get scared. When I was a kid, I saw a movie called "Thirteen Ghosts," and it haunted me for weeks. Best leave that stuff alone.

Still, I felt compelled to go on with "The Piper." Olivia has lost her job, gone through a divorce, and is about to move back to her childhood home in Tennessee with her eight-year-old daughter. Olivia has inherited the house from her brother.

For me, alarms immediately sounded. Don't go into that house where your brother died! Olivia, though, is a Southern steel magnolia, an agnostic of the paranormal. There has to be logical reasons behind the weird stuff that starts happening.

I listened in the car, as I walked the dogs, as I worked out, and even as I lay in the dark in bed just when I really shouldn't be listening. I had to find out what happened. The reader, Xe Sands, voices each character, male and female, masterfully. The experience is akin to a listening to a great story around a campfire. Things in the story get worse and worse, yet you have to know what happens next. There isn't a wasted sentence. Olivia James is a strong character in an overwhelming situation.

The story goes to amazing places--and it is truly frightening. I don't think I can read another like this for a while. Yet I'm deeply satisfied. Now my only worry is can I find another audio book as great as this one?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Meh. 8 July 2013
By Ayah L - Published on
I didn't dislike it enough to put it down because it was brain candy and I didn't have anything else on hand at the moment, but I wasn't impressed. The main character was pretty flat, and when she was flat bitchy, the majority of the time there wasn't much discernible motivation behind it. Everyone seemed to just take her crap as the norm and she didn't do anything to make up for her attitude, so why create tension without resolution? The homicide cop, now he was a great character, and I not only liked how he didn't take her ish, there was also a background story as to why she was giving him the ish she was giving him. I also liked the woo-woo stuff, which is why I picked up the book and why I kept reading. Her close friend did a better job of keeping me interested in the search for answers than the protagonist did.

The other thing I didn't care for was all the extraneous detail. It's one thing to bring the reader into the scene by adding noises such as the staccato walk of an abrasive woman in heels, or the condition of the food in a pot on a stove because the writer is showing you, hey, this kitchen was abandoned in the middle of dinner and they left the burner on - what could have possibly happened? But to describe every little detail in the dining room of a very average restaurant, just so one could visualize the panoramic scene, was tedious and boring. Such moments (so very many of them) drastically took away from the pace of the story, and the book could have been chopped down by a third without all of that. I'd rather have a really good short read than a book that fits the average length of the genre due to filler.

Lots of people love this book and I salute that, it's just not my cup of tea. Thought I'd share my thoughts for those who may also not be into this particular kind of tea. Or cup. Whatever, you know what I mean.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!!! 27 April 2013
By Jessica L. Miller - Published on
Hightower provides quite a page turner in this ghostly thriller. With a likeable heroine and a bone chilling supernatural villain there were more than a few times I found myself sweaty palmed and on the edge of my seat. I truly enjoyed this read and highly recommend it to anyone who is a first time Horror reader. The story is face paced and easy to become engrossed in. It was hard to put it down once I started, because you just have to KNOW!
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By Rabbit_With_Fangs - Published on
A really solid, 3.5 star horror read. It's a kind of chilling paranormal thriller rather than anything truly gory, but I liked the pace and the characterisations. Reminded me of both the movie 'Absentia' and also The Dwelling by Suzie Maloney, although it wasn't quite as intriuging as either of those. Still definitely recommend for a quick beach or commute read, though.
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 31 July 2013
By MamacitaMiller - Published on
I read this book in two days, now I'm bummed that it's over! Absolutely love Hightower's prose and seductive way she wraps you into the story. First book of hers that I've read, now anxious to read some of her others. I'm a stout Stephen King and Clive Barker fan, so it's refreshing to read a new author that delivers the suspense as effectively as my go-to's. Highly recommended!
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