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, 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 found this to be a very suspenseful and at times chilling read which kept me on my toes. When Laurie and her family return to her childhood home after the death of her father the secrets start to unravel. The mysterious little girl from next door, bring back sad and haunting memories for Laurie. I didn´t enjoy much Ted´s character as he suddenly changed when her realized the value of the house Laurie had just inherited. The book is well paced, intriguing, suspenseful with elements of a ghost story and haunted house, normally I would run a mile from this genre as they don´t appeal to m but the blurb from NetGalley got me interested, just goes to show how important the blurb is.
Ronald Malfi is an award-winning novelist and short fiction writer whose most notable works include the novels Via Dolorosa and Shamrock Alley. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and collections throughout the US and abroad. Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi writes fiction that transcends genres to gain wider acceptance among readers of quality literature.
He resides in Maryland with his wife, Debra, where he is currently at work on his next book.
About the Book
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: Kensington (June 30, 2015)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ONTS5EW