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In the fall of 1993, the quiet suburb of Harting Farms is shocked when children begin to vanish, and one is found dead near December Park - a great, sweeping expanse that is sunken below the streets and surrounded on three sides by vast woodlands, a place children believe is haunted. Newspapers call the abductor the Piper because he has come to lead children away, while kids whisper darker names for him in the school halls. Angelo Mazzone and his friends discover a link to the dead girl and take up the search for the killer, vowing to stop the Piper's reign of terror. Their teenage pledge becomes a journey of self-discovery and an odyssey into the darkness of their own hometown.

©2014 Ronald Malfi (P)2017 Journalstone Publishing

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Loved this one. Written and narrated very well.

Welcome to Harting Farms. Home of The Piper. Oh wait, that’s not really a good thing.

Simply calling this one a “coming-of-age” tale really doesn’t do the story justice. It is more than that. It is a nostalgic tour of small town childhood in the early 1990’s, as five schoolyard friends are thrust into a hunt for the serial killer that has gripped their town in fear and paranoia. Everyone is suspect. Every one of their acquaintances is a potential victim. Including them.

I have really become a big of Ronald Malfi. Dude can write. Thrillers, horror, mystery, crime/drama. Whatever. Doesn’t matter. He’s good. Real good. Definitely earned a spot on my must read author list. If you haven’t read him yet, then you are missing out.

The dialog and action in this one really rang true for me. I was more a child of the 80’s than 90’s, but kids are kids and Malfi deftly navigates the wonder and thrill of being on the younger side of the teenage years in a (somewhat) small town.

Very well done and put together. A solid 4.5+ Stars and Highly Recommended.

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Beware the Piper!

At its heart December Park is a murder mystery. The fun and listening enjoyment comes from Ronald Malfi's talent at creating completely realistic characters and an immersive atmosphere. In this case using teens in a small suburban town gripped by a rash of child disappearances. Great story and narration.

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Garbage

Long and exhausting. This book could have been four hours and you wouldn’t have missed a thing. It is also the worst narration I’ve ever listen to.

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Just wasn’t what I thought it would be

I couldn’t get into the book. It is like a story or song that you almost like but the flavor is too weak or just off in beat. Good twist to the end.

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Excellent

Not what I expected. Kept me guessing until the end. You won't be disappointed. Wow

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Excellent! One of his best!

This is an awesome story. I always love books about teens and their adventures. This is one if the better ones I've read/listened to. The narrator was very good as well!

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Silly and Juvenile

About 25% into this book, I had to go back to Audible to check and see if it was in the Young Adult category and I had somehow just missed it. Not. Story is totally implausible, dialogue is inane and childish and yet at times, the 15 yr old narrator speaks like he is F. Scott Fitzgerald or Ernest Hemingway. Cannot believe I wasted all of my time trying to get to the end of this one, finally hoping at the end that the Piper got the entire Goon Squad.

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Not What I Expected

The narrator was great. I did not expect that Malfi could make me emote so.

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worst book ever!

This book just drones on and on and on! Every little tiny detail doesn't need to be written down. There is absolutely nothing "horror" about this book ,all it is is description of what kids do

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Enjoyable but lacking in something

It was an enjoyable story, with well written characters, and an interesting plot. However, there was nothing about it that really stood out to me in the ways that other coming of age, band of friends stories have. It did not strike me as terribly unique.