Friday, August 19, 2016

The Night Parade by Ronald Malfi [4.5 stars]

From the Description
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 . . .
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Length: 384 pages

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. For more information about Ronald Malfi, The Night Parade or to join in the fun follow along with the blog tour hosted by the fantastic Erin Al-Mehairi over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book. If you would like to review The Night Parade or feature Ronald Malfi in an interview, please contact Erin at

The Night Parade is reminiscent of books like Firestarter and The Road. Malfi skillfully weaves through the past and the present to tell the story of not only David and Ellie but also how Wanderers Folly has brought about the end of life as we know it. There are moments of sheer terror lurking in these pages, as well as moments that will break your heart as David struggles to keep his daughter safe. This is a tale that gets under your skin, and makes you question what would you do if it were your family. As a parent, I totally understood why David did the things he did to protect Ellie, I may have done the same if I were in this apocalyptic nightmare with my child. I highly recommend this gripping 4.5 star read.

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About the Author

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, received 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, while December Park, his epic coming-of-age thriller, 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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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