ronald malfi, maryland's favorite horror writer, does it again with his most recent novel, bone white. paul's twin brother danny has been missing for over a year, and the last evidence he has of his existence is a picture of danny from the ominously named town of dread's hand, alaska. after alaskan law enforcement uncovers a mass grave, the work of a serial killer, paul heads to the hand to see if any of this connects with his brother's disappearance. needless to say, paul finds much more than he bargained for.
as is always the case, malfi creates vivid, believable characters, characters who behave as one might imagine people in such situations would. paul is awesome, tortured, obsessed, dedicated, and, above all else desperate to find his brother, or at least get closure. malfi fills paul's experiences with able, interesting supporters, all of whom serve to color in both paul, but also the town of dread's hand.
i love that malfi, who still manages to tie the story to maryland (in one flashback, the twin brothers swim in maryland's magothy river, a river i have been in in the past month!), takes us to alaska. as he showed with the night parade, malfi is perfectly able to bring the dread and fear, but also the frigid and gray beauty, to the surface.
malfi is a superb writer, and bone white is beautifully told. i loved following beautifully realized characters through a landscape that i was fully able to see, and into horrors that seemed completely believable. can't wait until his next book!