Book Review: The Piper

Never done this before but I thought I might start now: reviewing books. I read a lot, and what I’ve found is that there are so many books out there that don’t receive the attention they deserve. So I’m going to play my own very small part in advertising these great authors’ names. So here is my very first little review.

Horror/Thriller

5 Stars

 

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I’ve been having a good run with books lately, and this is the cherry on my ice-cream sundae. Picked up this book by chance in the library. Thrilling, mysterious, page-turning and I did get a couple of chills, particularly at the beginning—very rare for me in a horror. The writing was perfection. The story was set up well. Loved the little sub-plots.

I have a lot of trouble with horror. I love movies but books have generally been subpar. Stephen King does nothing for me—boring as bat***t (That being said, I do love his dramas/thrillers). Never understood why Dean Koontz is so popular (really quite poor). Then I realised after reading this book, why—their work reads almost silly. The Piper has depth their stories lack. Emotion. And that inspires the thrills and chills. When I start fantasising about inserting myself into the story, it means I’m enjoying it at a deeper level (and this is a horror!).

I can’t believe this has so few ratings considering how much overrated crap there is out there, stuff that attracts far more interest than it deserves. What is wrong with people, Goddamnit?! This is why the good stuff is getting harder and harder to find—bad taste!

I think this is the first time I’ve read a female horror writer. If this is the standard, we need many many more writing the genre.

 

According to Goodreads, Lynn Hightower has a stack of awards to her name. I’m not surprised. And yet so few know about her. It’s just not fair. I shall be delving into the rest of her great work.