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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Review: Bone White by Ronald Malfi @kensingtonbooks @RonaldMalfi

Bone White 
by Ronald Malfi 

Publisher: Kensington
Publish Date: July 25, 2017
Kindle Edition
384 Pages
Genres: horror, thriller

A landscape of frozen darkness punctuated by grim, gray days.
The feeling like a buzz in your teeth.
The scrape of bone on bone. . .
Paul Gallo saw the report on the news: a mass murderer leading police to the graves of his victims in remote Dread's Hand, Alaska. 

It's not even a town; more like the bad memory of a town. The same bit of wilderness where his twin brother went missing a year ago. As the bodies are exhumed, Paul travels to Alaska to get closure and put his grief to rest. 

But the mystery is only beginning. What Paul finds are superstitious locals who talk of the devil stealing souls, and a line of wooden crosses to keep what's in the woods from coming out. He finds no closure because no one can explain exactly what happened to Danny. 

And the more he searches for answers, the more he finds himself becoming part of the mystery. . .

My Review:

You ever have that book that you've been sitting on for a while but for some reason you just never seem to get around to it? Well, this is what buddy reads are for!  I'm SO glad that I FINALLY got to this read.  Malfi has been a horror writer I have been meaning to read FOREVER.  There's no good reason why I haven't yet, so don't ask.  😉

This particular read starts off strong.... whew.  A basically desolate small town in the middle of an icy, nasty winter, trees everywhere - I mean, we just know instantly that something is awry.  Serial killing, lore, superstitions and the devil.  It's like the perfect mix of everything I love!  A stew of suspense.  A thrill of the chill.  This read is so atmospheric and moody.  Just when I thought it was going in one direction, it took me in another.  

This book really immerses you into the town and the characters involved.  We get history, horror and intrigue - but in a subtle, spine tingling manner.  Malfi gives us just enough to let our imaginations run wild.  I think my only source of contention with this read is that I expected something more from the ending.  But that's just a personal want from this somewhat build up of a read.  However, it does maintain in the consistency of subtle enough horror that truly gets your thoughts turning as you read.

Undoubtedly I'll be reading more of Malfi and kick myself for waiting so long.


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