A news report of a mass killing in a remote Alaska mining town called Dread's Hand catches the attention of Paul Gallo, a college professor in Maryland. Dread's Hand was the last contact Danny had with his twin brother before he stopped communicating. For over a year, Danny has been missing, and Paul needs to ascertain if his brother is a victim and find closure.
Both the writing and storytelling in this story are exceptional. The use of language in setting the scenes is both excellent and clever. Dreads Hand is a little town in the middle of nowhere that you can imagine vividly. With its slow and steady pacing, it skilfully instils a sense of unease about the town. Only in the final acts does it consistently up its game. I found this perfect for the book. Despite calling it a horror story, it's more of a classic ghost tale than true horror. Although there are hardly any explicit gory scenes, it's the power of suggestion and feeling of unease that affect you.
In Bone White, readers are kept on their toes from start to finish. This story by Ronald Malfi is filled with creepy brilliance that had me on edge until the last page.
This is my first read by the author and most certainly not the last, and another auto-buy author on my list.
Many thanks to @canelo_co @Netgalley & @RonaldMalfi for the opportunity to read it.
About the Author
Ronald Malfi is an award-winning author of several horror novels, mysteries, and thrillers. He is the recipient of two Independent Publisher Book Awards, the Beverly Hills Book Award, the Vincent Preis Horror Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award for Popular Fiction, and he is a Bram Stoker Award nominee. 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 daughters.