Ronald Malfi is one of my favorite writers, period. Ever since I read The Narrows back when it first came out, Malfi’s fiction instantly became an annual stop-whatever-I’m-doing-and-read-this cause for celebration. He’s so good at what he does. The stories he tells feel real and the characters he creates could be your neighbors, friends, or even family. BONE WHITE is quite possibly the best book Malfi has ever written, and that’s saying a lot for the man who gave us DECEMBER PARK, LITTLE GIRLS, and last year’s post-apocalyptic masterpiece, THE NIGHT PARADE. Whatever hype you’ve heard for BONE WHITE, it’s real. I urge you to pick it up, but fair warning – once you open it, you might not close it.
Here’s my full review for BONE WHITE:
“Let’s face it – Ronald Malfi is at the top of his game. Just when you think he can’t top his last release, he goes ahead and delivers another modern masterpiece. BONE WHITE is Malfi’s latest slice of expertly-crafted horror fiction. After hearing about a string of grisly murders near a remote Alaskan town, Paul Gallo sets out and searches for his lost brother near the spot of the killings where Danny Gallo was last seen. When none of the victims turn out to be Danny, Paul becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to him, especially when he believes that Danny’s disappearance and the murders are somehow connected.
Malfi does a tremendous job with pacing in this one. After the first fifty pages, I didn’t want to stop, and if it weren’t for life, I probably wouldn’t have. There are plenty of plot twists, plenty of mystery to keep the reader engaged and the pages turning. One of Malfi’s strengths has always been his writing style – tight and rewarding prose. As with all Malfi’s stories, there are hints of a supernatural element that will keep the reading guessing up until the conclusion – which I must say, will satisfy thriller and horror fiction fans alike.
So here’s the thing: if you like mystery/thrillers with elements of horror, scenes that will rattle your bones, chill your flesh, and keep you up long past midnight, this book is definitely for you. If you’re looking for the next Stephen King, search no further – Ronald Malfi is here.”
*I received an ARC from the publisher, and that in no way contributed to my boner for this book*
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