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Little Girls

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From Bram Stoker Award nominee Ronald Malfi comes a brilliantly chilling novel of childhood revisited, memories resurrected, and fears reborn

When Laurie was a little girl, she was forbidden to enter the room at the top of the stairs. It was one of many rules imposed by her cold, distant father. Now, in a final act of desperation, her father has exorcised his demons. But
Paperback, 331 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Kensington
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I keep saying that little girls scare the crap outta me. Once they become teenagers there is no return.

Laurie's dad has died. Well, he committed suicide after suffering from dementia for years. So Laurie, her daughter Susan and husband go to his house to get rid of his stuff and put the house up for sale.
Then stuff starts to go a bit wonky. Laurie is hearing noises in the house. There is a room that she wasn't allowed into when she was a little girl that is still locked. Come to find out
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Thats what I figured.

When I saw Bram Stoker Award Nominee combined with the premise of a woman returning to her potentially haunted childhood home I was all over getting my hands on a copy of Little Girls. Unfortunately, when a book tells me its going to be about creepy maybe dead girls, my mind wants the story to
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was ok

2.5 "I saw it coming ...I saw all of it coming" stars !!!
This was my 2016 Halloween read and all I kept thinking were two things:

" When is this going to get scary ?" It did get scary after 47 percent of the book !

"Gawd I am guessing this so perfectly. I know every single twist and surprise !"

I appreciate the tone and theme that Mr. Malfi was trying to get across and with some major editing and reworking this could have been a very good horror/mystery combination but instead it came out very
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

LITTLE GIRLS is an atmospheric, supernatural, gothic-style read that flowed perfectly for me from beginning to end. From the very start, when Laurie Genarro, with her husband. Ted. and daughter, Susan, travel to Laurie's father's estate after his apparent suicide, you can feel that nothing is what it seems on the surface. Laurie's unease continues to build--whether from the memory of a childhood friend's death, or her own mental issues--the tension relentlessly ratchets up. There were
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I have discovered one of my favorite authors. Malfi creates his characters brilliantly. He maintains a consistent voice for each throughout, making it seem as if they are real people. This is an integral part of immersion for me. When I become invested in the characters and begin to care about them, the suspense, tension and ratcheting up of the action draws me in more completely. For me, reading is an escape- a release into an alternate world regardless of who or what is around me. The more ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This creepy ghosty story is a slow burner of a read that draws you in and intrigues you as to what is going on. Laurie and her husband Ted, together with their 10 year old daughter Susan are on a trip to the town Laurie grew up in. Her father has recently died in mysterious circumstances, assumed to have committed suicide, and she has to settle his affairs. We have a very sinister unwelcoming sounding house, complete with a belvedere that is locked up with no key provided and an extremely creepy ...more
Dana ****Reads Alot****
Thank you Kennsington for allowing me the opportunity and Ronald Malfi to read this fabulous book. I read it all in one sitting. The house had a very creepy vibe the reminded me of in the movie "The Others" with Nicole Kidman. The story however is nothing like it.

Laurie's father recently died by apparent suicide by his illness of dementia. So she has to take her family back to her family home to square away matters with the house and assets. She is not looking forward to this. She has no
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

An idea that seemed creepy and interesting, but that just fell flat for me.

The beginning was rather slow, with descriptions that quickly became too tedious to go through, and often the dialogues felt useless and too on the "daily conversation" side. It worked at first, to establish the normalcy of the situation (as normal as it could be considering the circumstances); however, after a while, breakfast banter and the likes
Evans Light
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Other reviewers have already summarized the plot, so I am focusing strictly on the pros and cons of this book as a reading experience.
This is the first novel I've read by Ronald Malfi, and I find myself torn.
On one hand, the prose was excellent and highly readable. The book sets the mood perfectly, and the pages fly by, even when not much at all is happening. Malfi excels at description, and the settings he constructs are vivid and real as are the characters, for the most part.
On the other, the
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ivonne by: Dana ****Reads Alot****
Laurie Gennaro née Brashear feels frankly uneasy returning to her childhood home. After the divorce, Laurie drew apart from her emotionally distant dad, Myles Brashear, and she hadnt even spoken to her now dementia-addled father in six months. Now that he has committed suicide, Laurie leaves her home in Hartford, Connecticut, to Greater Annapolis to settle her fathers affairs, tidy up, and sell the rambling house.

Accompanied by her husband Ted and 10-year-old daughter Susan, Laurie returns to
Jon Recluse
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, ghost-stories
When a man in the grips of dementia apparently commits suicide, his estranged daughter returns home to pick up the pieces, only to discover that the shadows of the past have unfinished business with her and her family.
This creepy tale of family secrets and their repercussions leaves readers with more questions than answers.....questions that will keep them up long into the night, leading to answers that will fuel more than a few nightmares.

This was an eARC from Netgalley.
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it

OMG Omg OMG, this for me is a 'hide behind the sofa' 'bite your nails' kind of read.

Its GREAT makes your heart pound, makes your put your hands over your eyes and peep through the crack of your fingers, well, it did me

I don't read much horror, I'm a scaredy cat. I don't much like things that go "bump in the night" I end up with nightmares, but to some, this book may be mild, but for me, I jump at Jaws [the film] when I first watched it years ago.

Laurie has to return home to reclaim her
Ms. Nikki
*Kensington was generous enough to send me a copy for review*

Laurie doesn't seem to remember much about her childhood and the home she once lived in. But with the death of her estranged father who had been suffering from dementia, Laurie is forced to go to the one place that holds memories that are best forgotten.

As days pass by Laurie questions her sanity and her past as she begins to think her daughter's playmate is a little girl she used to know. A girl who wasn't so nice to Laurie, a girl
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I would like to thank Netgalley and Kensington books for an ARC reading of this book.

I have read a few of this author's books and they are just creepy.

I was thinking this book was going to be about little girls creeping around which would have freaked me out because anything with little kids in horror books just gives me the heebie jeebies. That being said, there is really only one creepy little girl in this book. Who is she really? She reminds Laura of a little girl from her childhood that
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
This is one of those wonderfully creepy books that draws you in as it goes along, captivating and enthralling you, making the hairs prickle on the back of your neck.

Laurie returns to her family home after years of estrangement from her demented father to dispose of the estate following his suicide.

Bringing her husband and daughter with her, Laurie feels unsettled: a feeling that only intensifies when she meets Abigail, the little girl next door. The little girl who is a dead ringer for the
May 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2016
This 12+ hour audio book is in need of a serious abridgment. Malfi married the setting and the plot just right in THE NARROWS, but LITTLE GIRLS was just too bogged down by the details and filler dialogue. The setting was done up rather nicely, but I didn't connect with any of the characters. First of all, any man who calls himself "Teddy Biscuit" deserves to be kicked where the sun doesn't shine. Lori has the personality of a flat tire. Susan is also a rather boring stick figure. I knew where ...more
 Reading Reindeer

Ronald Malfi has been a "must read" author since I first encountered his novel FLOATING STAIRCASE, followed by THE MOURNING HOUSE (shivers!), truly outstanding writing. In LITTLE GIRLS, he gets "down and dirty" with serious topics, resulting in serious horror. This is one of those stories of which I am hard pressed to decide which contains the greater horror and evil: the supernatural element or the human element. Both are suffused. I recommend you set aside a
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Straight away as the car comes up the drive things do not seem right. There is an eerie feel in the air and I knew that this book was going to draw me in. I loved the atmosphere the author instantly created, you feel the creepiness and intrigue of this old home all around you right from the start. The book moves along at a good pace and the story keeps you guessing as to what is really happening. The writing enhances this feeling as the book moves along, what really is happening in this house, ...more
Laurie got out of the car and shivered despite the afternoons mild temperature. In the wake of her fathers passing, and for no grounded reason, she had expected her old childhood home to look differentempty, perhaps, like the molted skin of a reptile left behind in the dirt, as if the old house had nothing left to do but wither and die just as its master had done.

Batten your hatches, because I have a lot of feelings about this book and a huge sentimental attachment to it. As a bit of a
Frank Errington
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Laurie Genarro's estranged father has passed away, an apparent suicide, and Laurie, her husband, Ted, and ten-year-old daughter, Susan have traveled from Connecticut to Maryland to deal with the estate.

When they pull up to the house on Annapolis Road Susan comments, "It looks like a haunted house." Little did they know what they'd find.

Little Girls is much more than a haunted house or a ghost story. A literary horror tale filled with lovely prose. "Beyond the curved bay windows,
11811 (Eleven)
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Little girls are creepy. If you didn't already know that, you haven't been paying attention.

This was better than the couple of other books I've read by this author but the ending fell a little flat. All in all, a decent read, just shy of three stars.
Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, audio, netgalley
This book wasn't quite what I expected it to be. It had a creepy factor, but not as creepy as I had hoped. It was actually really descriptive and it felt more like a mystery than horror much of the time.

You are brought to Laurie's childhood home after her father dies. Her father reportedly died by jumping out of a window while suffering some paranoia due to dementia. Then, you are given information that makes you question whether he really jumped or if he was pushed. Also, is it paranoia or is
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, arcs, 2015-reads
I received an ARC copy of this novel from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank them for allowing me to read an advance copy of this very fine supernatural thriller.

Spectacular ghost story dripping, figuratively and literally, with atmosphere. Gothic in tone, yet modern in treatment of the characters, this is the work of an accomplished writer. Fans of Henry James will find themselves thinking of The Turn of the Screw as the tension slowly builds
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Laurie's father had recently died of an apparent suicide. Laurie and her family are traveling back to the house she once had lived in. Laurie and her father did not have a good relationship, he was always cold and distant. Laurie and her family decide to stay in the house, instead of a hotel. Laurie's memories starts to haunt her, as she remember bits and pieces from her childhood days and the time that she lived with her father. Laurie's daughter Susan, finds a new playmate who lives next ...more
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review
ARC for review.

What a nice change from the current trend toward vampire/zombie/werewolf horror fiction - this is simply well-written, believable faction.

Laurie's unlamented father has died...apparently his dementia lead him to kill himself in his home. Laurie, husband Ted and daughter Susan journey to Annapolis to clear out his home and handle the last of his affairs. Laurie was never close with her father and hadn't seen him in a number of years - he was cared for by home health aides until he
Andi Rawson
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

To be honest, I loved this book. It is, in my opinion, everything that a haunted story should be. I'm not saying that some parts aren't predictable but I have read precious few books that weren't at all. The writing is excellent, the pacing of the story is good, and there are enough twists in the story to keep your attention. As with most books I review, I won't bother giving you the summary, because those before me and the book description have more than covered it.

I will give this
Hunter Shea
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hands down, the best horror novel of 2015. Wonderfully creepy, the tension builds as the mystery deepens. An instant classic.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading Malfi hasn't always been an even experience. He faltered with some early works and an occasional verbosity related overindulgence of the later years, but this one was Malfi at his absolute best. A slow burning, eerily simmering even if you will, ghost story in a haunted old manse. Or a haunted story in a ghostly old abode. It isn't a particularly original concept, more so a very well done take on a classic one. A family of three temporarily moves back to the wife's ancestral place ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Im still asking myself whether this is a supernatural or a psychological thriller and not coming up with any answers, however whichever genre it fits into, this book worked for me!

When Laurie Gennaros father dies in odd circumstances, she returns to the house she and her mother left behind when she was just a child, but revisiting her childhood home brings long suppressed memories to the fore, memories that Laurie would prefer to remain buried.

Lauries father was convinced that someone was trying
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me an ARC copy of this book.

I was captivated by this book by the end of the first chapter and ploughed my way through the story at a breakneck speed. I was disappointed to have it come to an end but the conclusion was satisfying, while also horrifying. I was taken on an emotional roller-coaster while reading this book and I didn't want to put it down.

I was expecting a run-of-the-mill haunted house story but one thing I have gleaned from
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Ronald Malfi is an award-winning author of many novels and novellas in the horror, mystery, and thriller categories from various publishers, including Little Girls, this summers 2015 release from Kensington.

In 2009, his crime drama, Shamrock Alley, won a Silver IPPY Award. In 2011, his ghost story/mystery novel, Floating Staircase, was a finalist for the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker

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