Friday, June 19, 2015

Little Girls by Ronald Malfi [5 stars]


From the Description:

From Bram Stoker Award nominee Ronald Malfi comes a brilliantly chilling novel of childhood revisited, memories resurrected, and fears reborn…

When Laurie was a little girl, she was forbidden to enter the room at the top of the stairs. It was one of many rules imposed by her cold, distant father. Now, in a final act of desperation, her father has exorcised his demons. But when Laurie returns to claim the estate with her husband and ten-year-old daughter, it’s as if the past refuses to die. She feels it lurking in the broken moldings, sees it staring from an empty picture frame, and hears it laughing in the moldy greenhouse deep in the woods…

At first, Laurie thinks she’s imagining things. But when she meets her daughter’s new playmate, Abigail, she can’t help but notice her uncanny resemblance to another little girl who used to live next door. Who died next door. With each passing day, Laurie’s uneasiness grows stronger, her thoughts more disturbing. Like her father, is she slowly losing her mind? Or is something truly unspeakable happening to those sweet little girls?

I received an ARC of this novel from the fantastic Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi at Oh, For The Hook Of A Book as part of the Little Girls Blog Tour. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

When I was invited to be part of the Little Girls blog tour I jumped at the chance. I have been a fan of Ronald Malfi ever since I shivered my way through Snow and Floating Staircase. Little Girls once again proves that Malfi is a master at crafting a great story. I can't recommend his work enough.

What an incredible ghost story! Little Girls grabs you and drags you kicking and screaming down a dark and twisted path. The story is griping and atmospheric with a creeping sense of dread. I couldn't put it down. The main character, Laurie is incredibly realistic. When I first started reading I really didn't like her. I thought she was a cruel and self centered witch. As the story went on I began to think that maybe she was troubled, I started to feel bad for her and wonder what could have made her act the way she did to both her father and the rest of her family. By the end of the book I got it. Much like a 'real' person the twists and events revealed new facets of her personality and life which changed the way I viewed her and her actions. The things that are haunting Laurie are frightening and disturbingly realistic. It's not often that a story comes alive this way. If you're a fan of horror or just really great reads, do yourself a favor and grab this book! You might want to leave the lights on for this 5 star read.

Little Girls comes out on June 30. You can pre-order/buy the book anywhere books are sold or follow the links here to Amazon or Barnes & Noble


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Praise for Ronald Malfi and his novels

"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

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 Little Girls, this summer’s 2015 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.

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