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Bone White

By Ronald Malfi
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Publisher Description

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 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. . .

Praise for Little Girls

“Best horror novel of the year.” —Hunter Shea

“Much more than a haunted house story.” —Cemetery Dance

“Takes well-known tropes and completely turns them around.” —IHeartReading

19 Reviews

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“Bone White is flawless, ticking all the boxes and leaving the reader with a complete, blissed-out horror fiction hangover. A murder mystery thriller bundled with straight-up 'leave the lights on when you read' terror. This one has teeth. The set-up reminds me of an X-Files episode: A small, cozy well-lit diner nestled in a frozen landscape is alive with a handful of locals eating comfort food and each other’s company. The door opens. Everyone looks at the newcomer--he’s scraggly and barely recognizable but familiarity registers on the faces of some of the old-timers, they know this man but it’s been a while. They ask him if he’s been up in those woods. They also ask him if that’s blood all over his clothes. He responds with, “Well, they’re up there. The whole lot of them. They’re all dead, and I killed ‘em. But I’m done now and that’s that.” Cue the spooky X-Files into music. This is the very beginning of chapter 1 and Malfi maintains this pace for the duration of the book. There is never a dull moment. This is an immersive storyline. Malfi spends quality time developing the characters and building out the story but he also spends equal time on the setting--an aspect of storytelling I often find seriously lacking in the horror genre. Some authors get so absorbed in dialog or describing carnage, they forget the foundational value of creating a place for the reader to live--for BONE WHITE, it’s a rural town named Dread’s Hand somewhere in a wooded area of Alaska. The frozen, isolated landscape adds a layer of danger and creepiness before the story gets even darker. Let it be said, I feel like I arrived really late to this party. This book has been recommended to me at least a hundred times over the last four or five years. I bought it for myself as a Christmas present like three years ago. In the meantime, I have become a Malfi fan by reading some of his other work, the novel DECEMBER PARK and his short story collection WE SHOULD HAVE LEFT WELL ENOUGH ALONE--both of which were five star reads for me. BONE WHITE suffered that same fate so many other highly anticipated, older titles do-lingering on my shelves. Neglected, but not forgotten. After finishing, I experienced the classic booknerd emotion, “WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?!” This book is perfect for right now. Wintertime. Also, treat yourself to imagining the main protagonist, Paul Gallo as David Harbor in his Stranger Things role as Hopper because Gallo has the same natural bravery and “throw caution to the wind” attitude. There were so many times where Paul decides to go investigate a situation in the middle of nowhere and I was like, “Who does this??” But Gallo’s drive for answers and his love for his missing brother provided all the drive he needed, clearly. Also, perfect fuel for a horror novel, right? Give the protagonist enough motivation to find himself in the worst, precarious situations and anything can happen. There were some seriously creepy moments in this book. Especially the last 50 pages. I could gladly read that ending again and again--one of my favorite climactic scenes ever. At this point, Malfi can do no wrong for me. Everything I have read is five star worthy.”
“I picked a great book to kick off 2023! There was no messing around with this book. I was sucked into the story from the very beginning and it had my full attention until the very end. Bone White is my first read by Ronald Malfi. I picked it up on a whim simply because the synopsis looked interesting and then it sat on my shelf for a few years while other shiny objects caught my attention. What a shame! The scene opens in the tiny Alaskan community of Dread's Hand, where a man wanders into a diner claiming to have killed and buried a number of people. He's been in the foothills for years and looks as if he could be insane. Meanwhile, Paul Gallo's twin brother, Danny, has been missing for a year. Danny's last known location was - you guessed it - Dread's Hand, Alaska. Paul travels to Alaska to investigate to see if he can uncover what happened to Danny. And that's all the backstory I'm giving because the plot twists and turns with supernatural elements. It keeps you guessing is this actually what's happening, or is there another explanation? It's the perfect blend of a mystery-thriller and horror. And I loved every last word. I also loved Malfi's prose. His words painted dark images of the scenes and characters in my mind, bringing it all to life like a beautiful dark folk painting. Bone White came fully alive as I read it. I can't end this review without pointing out some of the themes you'll find within the pages. This book is rich with themes of family and responsibility; sibling love; and that age old battle of good vs evil. Some trigger warnings to look out for: drugs and alcohol use, violence, suicide. It isn't a light read by any means. I'm left with a heavy book hangover after finishing Bone White and I'm looking forward to my next Ronald Malfi read! Any suggestions of ones you particularly enjoyed would gladly be accepted! If there's any doubt, I'm confirming that Bone White gets five icy stars out of five from this reader!”
“This book had me hooked from the start. Creepy and spooky it kept me guessing.”

About Ronald Malfi

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 currently lives in Maryland with his wife, Debra, and their two daughters. Learn more about Ronald and his work at ronmalfi.com.

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