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Shadow of the Piper

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The Pied Piper still plays his tune, and in his shadow, many fall.

When a disturbed teenager arrives at the Pittsburgh Rescue Mission, Cali turns things upside down by claiming to know “secrets” about a young evangelist’s shadowy past. The deranged girl lures Jesse Berry across the country only to slip away after they reach their destination. Hamlin, Montana, is not the qua
Paperback, 380 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Hope Springs Media
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Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

The main storyline of this book follows a street evangelist named Jesse - a man with a mysterious past. When a teenage girl named Cali comes to him and indicates she knows something about his childhood, he has no choice but to follow her to Hamlin, Montana, to get the answers he needs. However, something sinister is lurking in the shadows...

The plot is a familiar one: (view spoiler)
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very engaging book that pulls you in well. Gives a good picture of what redemption is and the depths of evil.
Gretchen Ingram
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, library
This is not at all what I was expecting. Firstly, while the plot was good, it is a theme driven novel and occasionally the theme overshadowed the plot. Secondly, it's was bit confusing and I will probably be reading it again immediately and more slowly so I can sort out more of the twists and turns of the plot... but I did like it enough to want to read it again!

On the other hand, I expect I won't be reading it over and over because it has a very evangelical bent to it. As I live in the South, t
Randee Baty
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
A story that will keep your interest from start to finish!

A young man working with the homeless in Pittsburgh is suddenly confronted by a mysterious teenager who seems to know something about his past. That's more than he can claim since he knows nothing about what happened to him before he was 5. As Jesse sets off on a mysterious journey to Hamlin, Montana with this unknown girl, it becomes clear everything is not as it should be in Hamlin and there is deep evil under the surface. The more cha
Kimber Burnett
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this as a First Read from goodreads! This does not affect my review.

Jesse came to live with Mavis when he was 6 yrs old. Mavis found him in an alley in a rougher side of town about to be beaten by a grown man. Mavis takes the white boy inside the building that she has received to start a Rescue Mission. The boy is beaten pretty badly so even though she's black and knows it will be hard, she keeps the boy who has no memory. Asking for the Lords guidance, Mavis names him Jesse.
Fast forward 2
Lexie Miller
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
:: A plot with many characters and different stories made for a gripping read that came full circle within the last 5 pages. Since I enjoy mystery books I thoroughly enjoyed piecing this story together and I could not wait for the bad guy/guys to get caught. I would have liked the author, L.P. Hoffman, to give a little more history about a character named Cali and how she became involved as well as a little more on the Piper's Guild. I was also surprised how often she mentioned God but it fit in ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-books
I received this book from a giveaway at and honestly couldn't wait to begin reading it. The theme of the book is the ongoing battle between good and evil, God and Satan. Therefore, it's no surprise to see several of the characters in the book with their faith deeply entrenched in the doctrines of their respective sides. The main character, Jesse, finds himself in an awkward situation that tests not only his deeply rooted faith, but the beliefs that he has of himself.

The action in t
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
In today’s busy world, many of us lack the time to read nearly as much as we’d like. Well, allow me to save you loads of time and teach you how to speed read this book. Step 1: Acquire a Bible. Step 2: Beat yourself over the head with it while looking at homeless people. You’re welcome for all that time you saved.
I entered to win this book entirely because it was a retelling of a classic fairy tale, which is a major focus of the publishing company I work for. So, I like to see how other writers
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
From the first page, you are immediately invested into this story. There are difficult parts to read, but the author does not go into graphic detail and lets your imagination run with the scant details (which I love). The story begins with a young child being chased on the streets of Pittsburgh where he is rescued by a woman with a heart of gold. She takes him in and raises him without notifying authorities. 20 years later, a disturbed girl befriends the now-grown boy and convinces him to take a ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads.

Shadow of the Piper is the story of a boy who is found roaming alone without any memory as to who he is. He is taken in by the woman who finds him. All is well until one day a teenage girl appears who claims to know something about his past. He travels with the girl back to Montana in the hope of finding out about his past. Of course, nothing is as easy as it seems and the trouble begins. I won't say much more than that as I do not want to spo
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, young-adult
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. This is a very good book, but if you want to read it all at once it is difficult. It is a bit confusing until you near the end and gives you much to think about. I had to stop every fifty pages or so to process everything. There is not much action but a lot happens in a short time and it deffinatley kept my interest. I liked the descriptins of people and places, some autors go overkill on that. I find this an enjoyable book and I love how it makes you sto ...more
Karen E. Garcia
I won a free copy of this book in a Goodreads contest. As the reviews here mentioned, it is a good vs evil story. Jesse was 5 or 6 when he was found and saved by a women named Mavis, although his memories were foggy and could not remember much of his past. A girl named Cali arrives 20 years later with the goal of finding Jesse, and once she does, hints at knowing his past. The story is then Jesse following Cali to Hamlin, Montana and the beginning of the past being revealed occurs. Twist in the ...more
Esther Somorai
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from the author through GoodReads, first-reads. Thank you so much.
Something really grabbed me about this book, though it has an eye catching cover, it was more than that. I kept going back to it 3 or 4 times before I entered to win, now I know why. This story really depicts what is happening throughout the world since the beginning of time. The battle that continues between good and evil. This is an exciting, well written, totally engaging, suspenseful, character driven, page tur
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: My mom
I won this as a First Read from goodreads! This does not affect my review.

Honestly I did not completely finish the book. The story is engaging and draws you in, and that is why it got 3 stars. However as stated in other reviews, it is a very evangelical based book, and I found myself skipping over parts that seems redundant. That does not by any means mean I found it offensive, it just made the book drag on a bit, and that is why it did not get any extra stars.

Still a good read. Enjoyed reading
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Was not sure what it was about. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a good suspense novel with an interesting plot about a young boy with a mysterious past who is lured to the town of Hamlin by a sullen, half-crazed, angry, teenager named Cali.
There is an aura of evil surrounding the town, but Jesse luckily meets two like-mined God-fearing individuals who stand by him to help hi through his Cali troubles. A little confusing in some areas and a few loose ends
Mary Abraham
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
The Pied Piper of Hamlin is a well-remembered story from my childhood and to read this new take on the classic was very refreshing. I liked the religious connotations to the story as well.
The ending did feel a bit abrupt; it would have been more interesting to delve a little into Jeese/Nathaniel's childhood and explore more details of what exactly happened with his brother and the occult activities that his brother took part in as a child.
Other than that, this was a very engaging read and I thor
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodreads
Maybe it was the title that had me from the get-go, or maybe its that my family is from a small Texas town called Hamlin. Even the High Schools' motto is the Pied Piper's of Hamlin.
Anyway, this book had me from the beginning, and only got better as I got further into the story. It kept me literally on the edge of my seat, and I prayed right along with the street evangelists or when struggles appeared. It was fantastic and sucks you right in. Its nice to see that the good guys win!
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-books
Not at all what I was expecting.
Well written and presented, even though the theme was a bit thick at times. A very black and white representation.
Overall I enjoyed this book, it was a quick read.
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads, I thank them for the book, and assure you this review is a true representation of my opinion.
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through the first reads program.

The story was great and progressed at a rapid speed. I enjoyed the story line. I could have done well without the evangelical undertones but understand why it was necessary.

I wish Goodreads offered half stars. I want to give this a 3.5 but can't quite bring myself to give it a 4.
Loni Rifenburgh
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on Goodreads Giveaway. It was an excellent read! Good developement of identifiable characters with some twists. A escalating plot with an power house ending! A real page turner! Thank You Goodreads and L.P. Hoffman!
Tammy Flores
Jun 28, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was a little odd at first I had problems staying up with the characters but once I got into the book I really enjoyed reading it.
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Very interesting take on the younger generation. Put a spin on teenage pregnancy and other things that plague kids. A good read in general. Received as an ARC copy.
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
over all this book was pretty good. one thing that I thought was missing was the explanation as to the reasons behind the cult. other then that it was good
Sheila Read
Jun 03, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: books-won
I have rec.ed this book and once I get done with my other books I will be reading this one or my dad can read it won this book from the goodreads first read
Zoe Curtis
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was a good book.
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From her Grandfather’s tales about Buffalo Bill to the mystique of the West, L. P. Hoffman’s imagination was primed at an early age. In her transient childhood, she experienced the dark side of Caribbean culture and survived war in the Middle East. As an adult, the author has traveled the world and moved among Washington insiders. L. P. Hoffman values unique perspectives and believes that cultural ...more