I’m continuing my spooky girl summer with Little Girls by Ronald Malfi. Malfi came highly recommended on Instagram, so I figured it was time to give his work a try. Let’s get into my thoughts.
After years away, Laurie returns to the home where she was raised by a cold, distant father who recently exorcised his demons. But no amount of cleaning can wipe away the troubled past. She feels it lurking in the broken moldings, sees it staring from an empty picture frame, hears it laughing in the moldy greenhouse deep in the woods… At first, Laurie thinks she’s imagining things. But when she meets her daughter’s new playmate, she notices her uncanny resemblance to another little girl who used to live next door. Who died next door. With each passing day, Laurie’s uneasiness grows stronger, her thoughts more disturbing. Like her father, is she slowly losing her mind? Or is something truly unspeakable happening?
My Thoughts on Little Girls
I’ve been hunting a good haunted house story and Little Girls filled that gap. It’s a very slow burn gothic story in the beginning. Malfi did a great job at creating an uneasy atmosphere. I could feel the tension building. It felt like something was lurking around every corner.
About midway through the tension broke and the pace picked up at a breakneck pace. Secrets started to come to the surface that changed the course of the entire story. And it wrapped up in a totally shocking way. I definitely want to read more from Ronald Malfi.
Oh, one last thing. Don’t go into this looking to find a character to root for. The characters weren’t particularly likable, but I don’t really mind that in a horror story.
My Rating: 4/5