LEGEND HAS IT THAT IN 1376 THE CHILDREN OF A LITTLE GERMAN TOWN WERE LED EAST INTO TRANSYLVANIA BY THE RATTENFANGER, THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN...In bleak post-Ceausescu Romania, Dr Sasha Marcu, a psychiatric researcher absorbed with the high incidence of mental illness among the women of a remote Carpathian village, uncovers a horrific history of ritual child murder. AfterLEGEND HAS IT THAT IN 1376 THE CHILDREN OF A LITTLE GERMAN TOWN WERE LED EAST INTO TRANSYLVANIA BY THE RATTENFANGER, THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN...In bleak post-Ceausescu Romania, Dr Sasha Marcu, a psychiatric researcher absorbed with the high incidence of mental illness among the women of a remote Carpathian village, uncovers a horrific history of ritual child murder. After the latest incident, Marcu and police inspector Valentin almost succeeded in cornering their prime suspect who appears to elude justice by dying in a plane crash.Local cop Dave Durrant and his music teacher wife Diane seem to lead an idyllic life with their four children in the small lakeside town of Sunny Mead, New Hampshire. All that mars their contentment is the disability and muteness of their 13-year-old son, Pip.When Diane engages new arrival Diep Koppelberg as a therapist for Pip, Diep's charm and exceptional musical talent captivates all who meet him, and Diane, her teenage daughter and the two youngest Durrant children are gradually drawn to him to the point of infatuation.Only Pip sees Diep differently. Where others see beauty he sees only ugliness and decay. Where they see benevolence, he sees malice and unspeakable evil....
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4/2 - Finding an editing error in the summary is always an ominous beginning... To be continued...5/2 - 1.5 stars. I've been struggling with this for the last four days but it's just too much like work, so DNF at page 109. Like another reviewer I think the plot in general is a good idea, but it's been executed dreadfully. The writing is amateurish and everything is so vague and badly explained that nothing makes sense. I wouldn't even attempt the sequel to this, or anything else by this author. This is going in the donate pile.POPSUGAR 2016 Reading Challenge: A Book Based on a Fairytale (The Pied Piper)
I only managed to get about halfway through this book, and, unfortunately, I have to give up for now. It's a brilliant idea: an evil Pied Piper praying on a village and driving its inhabitants crazy. The first half of the book is well executed, even if it is a little awkward and uncomfortable at times. You really feel for the characters... in the first half of the book.Once the antagonist is on American soil, it's like a completely different story. I really liked the treatment of the oldest son, who is mute and deaf following an accident, and I really enjoyed the dad. As for the rest of the family... The mother just comes across as shallow and self-absorbed. The older daughter has her moments, but tends to be annoying. The young twins, written convincingly enough for their age level, just seem like bratty filler. I couldn't really attach to or feel for any of the new characters, and that took away from the story for me.Personally, I feel that the first half of the book would have been good enough on its own. The later half just couldn't grip me. I may try to read this at a later date.
I didn't really like this book at all. I thought the writing was really jilted, it didn't flow at all and a lot of the time I found myself having to reread paragraphs because certain events weren't clear. The idea behind the story is great and the book has so much potential; it could have been so interesting, scary and compulsive, but instead it leans towards a more disturbing angle, without much elaboration or justification. So many blanks are left and so much is left unexplained. It turns out there's going to be a sequel but, honestly, I couldn't be bothered to pick it up after reading this one. One great book rather than two mediocre ones, please!
Little girls straddling a grave naked and then being violated by something or someone horrible? No ty. This book is far too squicky for me. I didn't make it past the first chapter.
very strange and creepy
Che dire... avevo grandi aspettative su questa saga. Dopo aver letto la sinossi, ero veramente tanto curiosa. Bramavo di sapere come fosse narrata questa rivisitazione della famosa fiaba del Pifferaio di Hamelin in chiave horror. Ma di horror non ha nulla, almeno per me ovviamente.Trama avvincente, storia banale. Ma forse il problema sono io: non riesco più a trovare una storia che mi dia dei veri brividi, che mi faccia venir voglia di tenere la luce accesa di notte. Sono io davvero poco impressionabile o sul serio questa storia non è un granché?E proprio per questo motivo che ho fatto una veloce ricerca sul web per vedere cosa ne pensassero altri lettori. I pareri sono discordanti ma la maggioranza ha osannato questa storia, mia madre compresa. A lei è piaciuta moltissimo e vorrebbe leggere anche il terzo libro.Tutto soggettivo, mi pare ovvio e normale e ci tengo sempre a ribadirlo. Descrizione di luoghi e personaggi fin troppo dettagliate. Solitamente la Romania e la Transilvania in particolare, nei libri "horror" le associo a scenari lugubri, agghiaccianti, angoscianti... in questa storia non li ho trovati così.Ho trovato questi libri anche molto prevedibili soprattutto in alcune scene: sapevo già cosa sarebbe successo dopo una determinata cosa. Non c'è stato nessun colpo di scena, nulla che potesse farmi stare con il fiato sospeso, impaziente di girare pagina per vedere che cosa poteva mai capitare.Recensione completa sul blog: http://themydiarysecret.blogspot.it/2...
I'm still scratching my head over this. I feel like I need to read it again to learn the secrets of the Piper, but then I notice that there is to be a sequel of sorts so perhaps not revealing everything is part of the plan. Even so, it had me Googling 'The Pied Piper' in an attempt to learn more of the legend and what possible truth it derived from.
A bit muddled at times, but an ok page turner.