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Standalone Sunday: December Park by Ronald Malfi.


Standalone Sunday is a meme created by Megan at BookslayerReads. Where each Sunday you feature a book that is a standalone and not a part of a series that you really like and would recommend to others.

Remember to either link back to Megan’s post or leave her a link to yours in the comments section of her post so that she can add your post to the list.

This is my first time participating in this. I’m mainly a fantasy fan and as such, think that this is a great idea because lets face it, most fantasy books are part of a trilogy or series and it’s nice to occasionally read a standalone. Though my choice isn’t actually a fantasy book, surprisingly I do on occasion read other books to! πŸ™‚

My Choice:


December Park by Ronald Malfi. This is a book that combines a thriller with a coming of age story as a group of teenagers hunt for a serial killer. It’s an amazing book with a great set of characters that the story revolves around, each of the group has a different personality and gels well together really pulling you into their story and search for the killer. The teenagers are a group that you really come to care about as the story progresses and you get to know them.

Well written, decent paced (even when it’s slow, it’s never boring) with a great story, characters, emotion and humour and the early 1990’s setting is just perfect for the book.

For fans of coming of ages stories, horror  (only slight elements are included in  the book) and thrillers this book is highly recommended.

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36 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday: December Park by Ronald Malfi.

  1. Yesss! A standalone rec and a horror rec all meshed into one! Can’t get much better than that. I love a good horror story and this one sounds awesome! Thank you so much for participating, Drew!

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    1. It only has slight horror elements but it’s a great book.πŸ˜€

      Happy to participate, it’s a great idea for a meme, I’m not likely to participate each week though as most fantasy books are part of trilogies or series and as such I don’t read many standalone books.πŸ˜‚

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      1. Hey, that’s no problem at all! I’m just happy anytime someone participates. No added weekly stress or anything. Just whenever you feel like posting is alright with me πŸ˜‰

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    1. Ha, I do occasionally participate in things, I’m not a complete loner in the blogging community.πŸ˜‚

      It’s a good meme, I don’t read many standalone books though as most fantasy are trilogies or series.

      Series, definitely are a commitment.πŸ˜€

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      1. I know you do πŸ˜‰ You always do Face Off Friday so that you can rub it my face how ugly some US covers are haha. Just kidding.

        I was glad to see you do this though because fantasy can be hard to find as standalone πŸ™‚

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  2. I love stand alone books! However, I do love long a long series like GoT or Outlander or Harry Potter, even the Little House on the Prairie books. What I don’t like is trilogy books. For some reason they drive me crazy. I think it is because there isn’t usually enough material for three books and so it falls flat and drawn out. The longer series I like because there is so much world building and character development. As for stand alone books, I like them too because they are easy to recommend to friends. I can’t seem to think of a favorite right now though πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m a massive fan of trilogies, with fantasy being my favourite genre I guess I have to be as most fantasy that I read seems to be either trilogies or series. You do have a point about some trilogies though, can’t disagree with you there though I’d have to say that the same could be said for series to, I’ve read a few series where the author seems to be meandering and plodding along to keep the page count up and fill the series whereas it may have been better to have made the series one book less and more streamlined.

      Most of my favourite standalone books aren’t fantasy though!πŸ˜‚ The Hobbit and a trio of Joe Abercrombie books are the only standalones in that genre I’ve read…..that I can think of.πŸ˜‚


  3. Stand-alone novels are become so rare (rarer than pandas! πŸ˜€ ) that showcasing them is indeed a worthy endeavor, and this one sounds very intriguing: I’m seeing shades of Stephen King’s “IT”, and I’m not saying it in a derogatory way – I enjoyed that one, and this novel sounds a little less scary, which would be a good thing…
    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I spotted this meme a couple of weeks ago and also fancy taking part – just every now and again (as let’s face it, must of our books are series!). I do have the occasional standalone though.
    This one sounds very intriguing – and seasonal too!
    Lynn πŸ˜€

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  5. Nice pick Drew! I love a good coming of age story & if it comes with some humor & thrills I’m all for it! Good things the elements of horror are minimal though cuz πŸ™ˆ…πŸ˜‚ adding to my TBR πŸ™ƒ

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      1. Oh! Those are the kinds of books I love the most but don’t come across as often as I’d like. Probably not looking in the right places TBH. 2017 is the year that I go back to my Fiction & Fantasy that I’ve missed, still have plenty of YA lol but need those others.

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      2. Shudders Y-A! lol πŸ™‚ Ah, it’s often hard to look in the right places, I haven’t a clue why I decided to read December Park or even “what the right place” is half the time, I guess I just liked the cover! πŸ™‚


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