Tuesday 13 September 2016

The Night Parade - Ronald Malfi

First the birds disappeared.
Then the insects took over.
  Then the madness began . . .

They call it Wanderer's Folly--a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race.

After two years of creeping decay, David Arlen woke up one morning thinking that the worst was over. By midnight, he's bleeding and terrified, his wife is dead, and he's on the run in a stolen car with his eight-year-old daughter, who may be the key to a cure.
Ellie is a special girl. Deep. Insightful. And she knows David is lying to her. Lying about her mother. Lying about what they're running from. And lying about what he sees when he takes his eyes off the road . . .
 My review
What is it about Ronald Malfi that makes him such a consistently excellent writer? His characters are certainly strong, real and fully formed. His ability to inject new twists and freshness into familiar themes is masterful. Also each time you open a Ronald Malfi, you know you are in for a scary, creepy and intriguing ride. His last novel, Little Girls, explored a familiar theme – a classic ghost story – but kept the reader guessing right to the end and beyond. With The Night Parade, we have a devastating plague that is spreading, decimating whole communities. No one knows how it is contracted – or why some people are immune. David Arlen has lost his wife and is not prepared to lose his daughter too. He has taken off, on the road, desperate to get her to safety. But Ellie is different to other young girls. Not only does she appear to be immune to the illness, she has special gifts that she is only just beginning to discover and can’t fully control. Will they save her and her father? Or is it all too little too late? Who can they trust as they make their perilous journey from state to state? Only each other.

And will they make it before the disease claims another victim, or before the government catch up with them?

Wanderer’s Folly – the nickname given to this disease – rings true, to a frightening extent. The emotional rollercoaster David Arlen and his daughter are on involve the reader at every turn. This is a novel to savour and devour at the same time. Even if you are not a horror fan, but love suspense, you will enjoy this.

 Ronald Malfi, Biography
Ronald Malfi is an award-winning author of many novels and novellas in the horror, mystery, and thriller categories from various publishers, including The Night Parade, this summer’s 2016 release from Kensington.
In 2009, his crime drama, Shamrock Alley, won a Silver IPPY Award. In 2011, his ghost story/mystery novel, Floating Staircase, was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award for best novel, a Gold IPPY Award for best horror novel, and the Vincent Preis International Horror Award. His novel Cradle Lake garnered him the Benjamin Franklin Independent Book Award (silver) in 2014. December Park, his epic childhood story, won the Beverly Hills International Book Award for suspense in 2015.
Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi’s dark fiction has gained acceptance among readers of all genres.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1977, and eventually relocated to the Chesapeake Bay area, where he currently resides with his wife and two children.
Visit with Ronald Malfi on Facebook, Twitter (@RonaldMalfi), or at http://www.ronmalfi.com.

Praise for Ronald Malfi
“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The setting, the words, the ending. Color me impressed.” –Melissa Reads on The Night Parade

“The Night Parade has a creepy vibe and some genuinely terrifying moments. I even teared up a time or two. It's everything I look for in a great read.” – Frank Errington on The Night Parade

“One cannot help but think of writers like Peter Straub and Stephen King.”

“Malfi is a skillful storyteller.”—New York Journal of Books
“A complex and chilling tale….terrifying.”—Robert McCammon
“Malfi’s lyrical prose creates an atmosphere of eerie claustrophobia…haunting.”—Publishers Weekly
“A thrilling, edge-of-your-seat ride that should not be missed.”
Suspense Magazine
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