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The Mourning House by Ronald Malfi

The Mourning HouseThe Mourning House by Ronald Malfi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"Devastated by tragedy, Dr. Sam Hatch is a shadow of his former self. He travels the byroads of America, running away from a past he cannot escape. There is no salvation for him.

And then he sees the house. Like a siren, it calls to him. Yet the house is not what it appears to be. Is it a blessing, a gift...or a curse?"

My Review:

An interesting short horror/ thriller. I'm still unsure of what happened, although while reading it, I was engrossed in every detail. A house that holds seemingly innocent memories and relinquishes sickening terror; perhaps guilt inflicted, perhaps not.

"He had done some damage and had unearthed unimaginable horrors." (loc. 968)

The descriptive and elaborate elements boosted this book's story line and brought out it's eeriness. I love the "insanity" aspect, as well as the empathic factors because it brought out the questions that are left unanswered that make a good thriller, "Is he crazy or isn't he?" I did, however, believe that the story was rushed towards the end, which left me unmoved. I think if the story could have been more developed and left on a more climatic note, I would have liked it more. The author's writing style is wonderfully done, so I do see myself reading more of his works in the future.

First Line:"Blessedly, the details of the accident were mostly lost to him now." (loc. 14)
Last Line:"She didn't turn back around again until Jake turned sharply at the first intersection, cutting the house from her view." (loc. 1279)


"Though much of the séance was underscored by laughter and good cheer, the woman in the headscarf did claim at one point to glimpse a deceased male form flickering in the periphery of her mind's eye." (loc. 36)

"A small white house stood before him.
More appropriately, it was the vacant shell of a house, a weathered and ruined monstrosity." (loc. 176)

"This was a mistake. What the hell am I doing here?" (loc. 544)

Galley provided by DarkFuse via NetGalley

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ebook182 pages
Expected publication: December 18th 2012 by Delirium Books

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