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Published by Kensington on 7.26.16
Genres: Apocalyptic, Contemporary, Dark Fiction, Dystopian, Psychological Horror, Thriller, Thrillers & Suspense
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First the birds disappeared.
Then the insects took over.
Then the madness began . . .
They call it Wanderer's Folly--a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race.
After two years of creeping decay, David Arlen woke up one morning thinking that the worst was over. By midnight, he's bleeding and terrified, his wife is dead, and he's on the run in a stolen car with his eight-year-old daughter, who may be the key to a cure.
Ellie is a special girl. Deep. Insightful. And she knows David is lying to her. Lying about her mother. Lying about what they're running from. And lying about what he sees when he takes his eyes off the road . . .
Wanderer’s Folly-that’s the name of the contagion at the center of The Night Parade. As far as plagues go, it does its own thing, but it usually involves bleeding copiously from the nose and intense hallucinations. It’s not restricted to just humans either, some animals have also been infected. This is the background in which we find David and his 8, (almost 9!), year old daughter Ellie; both trying to avoid the plague and survive while on the run. If you want to know more than that, you’ll have to read this excellent book.
What I liked most about this story was the building dread-the reader never had the chance to fully relax, because just when you thought everything was cool, it was NOT, and then you were right back where you started- which in my case was nibbling my nails and turning the pages. And that’s another thing-the pacing. The chapters were mostly short and because there was a lot of action happening, or on the verge of happening, I just kept on going like the literary version of Nemo. Just keep reading…
The characters were good and memorable, but there isn’t a big cast here which was fine with me. I think that contributed to the quick pacing as well.
So there you have it: a cool, scary plague, characters you can root for, fast pacing, and what I thought was an interesting plot, even if not altogether original. I recommend this book for all these reasons and not just to fans of horror, but to fans of thrillers and apocalyptic fiction as well. Pick up The Night Parade and see what it’s all about. I think you’ll dig it!
Available NOW, here: The Night Parade
*Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it. *
About Ronald Malfi
Ronald Malfi is the award-winning author of the novels Floating Staircase, Snow, The Ascent, and several others. 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 along the Chesapeake Bay where he is at work on his next book.