Paul Gallo saw the report on the news: a mass murderer leading police to his victims’ graves, 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.
Malfi’s latest book, Bone White is no doubt an odd and haunting mix of folklore, murder, mystery, and gothic terror that draws readers into an unsettling world filled with the kind of detail and insight that evoke early Stephen King. There is plenty of material here to prey on the most basic of human terrors, beneath the fear and the eeriness is an understated but no less effective story about the hallowing effect of loss on those left behind. The result is an elegant, twisted, gripping slow-burn of a novel that burrows under the skin and nestles deep.
Bone White with the admission of an old man in a small town in Alaska, the same exact town where Danny Gallo’s car was found a year before. The man, Joseph Mallory, shows police where he buried the bodies of all the people he’s murdered, the news coverage begins and this is what gains the attention of Paul. Paul then heads to Alaska, supposedly to identify one of the bodies that to that of his brother, but eventually finds himself sinking into an evil that is deeper and darker than anything he could have imagined.
The local police struggle to deal with the aftermath of Mallory’s crimes, while Paul’s desperate search for Danny takes him to Dread’s Hand, which is full of cryptic crosses and strange inhabitants. All of the characters involved are excellent and behave as one might imagine people do so in situations like this. The author really sets the stage in a fascinating way, describing little details and the obstacles Paul faces as an outsider in a community where people keep to themselves. This is a book that not only has an intriguing story, but it is also incredibly well written. The book held me in great suspense. It didn’t really scare me, it mesmerized me with each page and how the author describes everything…you really do feel like you’re there. Get the book, you won’t regret it.
Title: Bone White
Author: Ronald Malfi
Published Date: July 25, 2017
Genre: Horror Fiction, Fantasy Fiction
Publisher: Kensington Books
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Pages: 384 pages
Reviewed by: Kathryn Price
Our Rating: 3.8 /5
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