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The Night Parade

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  893 ratings  ·  188 reviews
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
Paperback, 395 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I'm not even sure what to say about this book. I was thinking it was going to be about insects killing everyone! LOL! Yes, the insects are crazy everywhere after the birds disappear and some creepy stuff happen here and there but it's not an insect killing people book. :-)

David Arlen runs away in the night with his daughter Ellie because some peeps at the CDC want to experiment on her to see if she can cure THE DISEASE. That didn't work out so well for David's wife so they are on the run. But
Well, the last three/four chapters gave my emotional-content a severe work-out.

This definitely reminds me of Firestarter (Stephen King) - with a father and daughter on the run from the authorities - or CDC/Govt. Officials in this case. Both Charlie (Firestarter) and Ellie (The Night Parade) are around the same age; seven and eight, respectively. Although, Charlie McGee's -gift? - abilities (The Bad Thing) were far more potent. She could conflagrate the planet, causing total annihilation, whereas
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
So this week I found myself in the path of Hurricane Irma. I will say I hate that bitch. We've been without power for almost five days now. I have discovered something about myself. Yes, I'm grateful that we didn't suffer more damage than we did and I feel heartbroken for all the people that did. Including my close neighbors. But what I discovered was...I'm not cut out for this shit. If the zombie apocalypse happens tomorrow..just look for me.

Anyways, enough of my boring TMI stuff. I was in
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Full review up!

This was so great! One of the better post-apocalyptic books that Ive read.

The Night Parade starts off with David Arlen racing away from his home, dead wife and the authorities looking for him and his daughter, Ellie. Ellie is a special girl and David must protect her at all costs.

The world has been contaminated with Wanderers Folly. Ronald Malfi does a excellent job of writing about this plague and the world that our characters are trying to survive in. His world
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 ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review and the rest of the crap I write can be seen @ my blog Bark's Book Nonsense . Stop by and say hey.

Set during the onset of an apocalypse in the form of a plague, The Night Parade is part road trip, part survivalist thriller, part emotional relationship drama and, fortunately for me, all parts were good.

The plague is dubbed Wanderers Folly because it makes you lose your marbles before killing you. You might wander about in your undies and do such strange things like setting your house
With so many authors and books on my radar, Ive still somehow never come across a book by Ronald Malfi. I have to say, Im pretty impressed with his style.

The categorization of this book as a horror novel is what initially piqued my interest. Its no secret, I occasionally like to dabble in books that creep me out and this one delivered.

Think The Walking Dead, but without the zombies. Were thrust into a story of a father and daughter on the run, in the middle of the night. Theyre in a stolen car
THE NIGHT PARADE, by Ronald Malfi, is a book I've been looking forward to ever since I saw that it was scheduled to be released. As you can see by my rating, I was not at all disappointed.

Malfi is truly gifted when it comes to storytelling in general, and characterization. As soon as I began THE NIGHT PARADE, I fell completely into the lives of David Arlen and his daughter, Ellie. Their emotions, reactions, and conversations were all so vivid that they could have been happening--in the real

Wow. I thought this would be a zombie book but it isn't. It's the end of the world. A disease known as Wonder's Folly is wiping out the human race. David and Ellie are on the run for reason you'll have to read to find out.
This book is great. The relationship David & Ellie have is beautiful and felt real. The questioning of what's right or wrong and how far would you go to protect your loved ones made this a 5 star read for me. Great job Ronald Malfi 👏
Hunter Shea
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another homerun for Malfi. The Night Parade is both touching and chilling, a new look at a post apocalyptic world that will break your heart and give you shivers. There are scenes in here that will last with me for years and years (I'll never look at the ice cream man the same way again, that's for sure). This is the second year in a row that Ron Malfi has crafted my favorite read.
* Review copy provided by NetGalley *

For some books part of the enjoyment is going in blind, and letting the story unfold as the author has written it.

This makes such books difficult to review, at least if your goal is to try to help others decide if they might enjoy a story and do it without spoilers. As a reader I know the frustration of trying to figure out if a book will be for me, when reviewers WONT TELL ME ANYTHING, but also understanding and appreciating the desire not to spoil the book
That was... that was... my god I dont know what to write 😭.

That was probably one of the best books Ive read in a long time.

It had just the right amount of suspense, horror, sorrow: you name it. My heart hurts and my mind is numb. Woah.

The book switches back and forth between past and present. The realizations of certain characters and certain twists did not go down smoothly, to say the least lol. They hit hard. This was truly a phenomenal book. Bravo, Malfi.
It's been a while since I've read a book this large, this quickly. I chalk that up to a good story as well as a fun buddy-read. It was an emotional ride with lots of action, and I'm left at the end with my feelings all over the place. Malfi's writing was very good, and I look forward to reading more of his books.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Ronald Malfi. The dude can write. This one is a slow burn, apocalyptic-ish type tale that follows a man and his daughter as they seek comfort and shelter from those who are hunting them for their own agenda. During their travels, their stories will be revealed, secrets unburied and hope reborn. Nicely done. Had a wee Firestarter vibe to it too.
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
3.5 stars

This is a steadily paced book that is not quite horror, not quite literary fiction, but sort of somewhere in between.

The story takes place over a period of a week, with a father and his 8 year old daughter, Ellie, on the run from authorities who believe Ellie might hold the key to a cure for a disease running rampant across the globe.

It's not completely clear at the outset why the two are fleeing except that Ellie's mother died while in hospital under the care of those now pursuing
Kenneth McKinley
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, own-paperback
There are writers and then there is Ronald Malfi. From the first chapter of The Night Parade, it was evident that Malfi's caliber of writing was a notch above what I'm used to seeing from the genre. The verbiage and imagery raised the writing into something majestic. It makes me want to throw away my laptop and quit pretending that I could ever write something of this quality. OK, maybe that's a bit harsh, but you get where I'm going with this.

The Night Parade starts out with David and his
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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.

It's been two years since the disease started claiming lives and now David Arlen has gone on the run trying to protect his young daughter. In the beginning no one knew what was happening but once scientists developed a test for the Wanderer's Folly it was discovered David's wife was
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Suspenseful story of a father and his young daughter on the run after a plague outbreak. I loved the supernatural elements, the writing was great but the ending was a bit melodramatic for a horror novel.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter hates Paul Harvey! Why do I bring this up, you may ask? Well, when I finished this book, and turned the very last page, my first thought was, "and here's the rest of the story." Except there is no rest of the story here. That's what makes this book pointless. It's really only a few hundred pages long, but until around the last quarter of it, the tale drags. Suddenly, it picks up, and I'm like "jeezum crow!" Then, excitement...then, the end. Huh? Wait a dang minute here. What the ...more
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
Now, this! This is exactly what I want to read! Ronald Malfi covered just about every human emotion possible: fear, apprehension, hope and hatred. He made me laugh, and Goddamn it, he made me cry. When I finished reading The Night Parade I gave myself a good swift kick in the buttocks for not having read Malfi until now.

The Night Parade follows David Arlen and his daughter, Ellie, as they run from the threat to his daughters future. Ronald Malfi spends a lot of time slowly revealing the lives of
Frank Errington
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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First the birds disappeared.
Then the insects took over.
Then the madness began . . .

A building sense of foreboding. Something has happened, is happening.

It's an amazing feeling when you start a new book by a capable writer. one who gently takes you by the hand and guides you on your journey. Ronald Malfi is such a writer.

Malfi is a master at giving the reader just enough to draw you into his world and then slowly reveals bits and pieces until it all comes together. Much like painter
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Wanderer's Folly...

The Night Parade is a post-apocalyptic story about a father and daughter, David and Ellie, who are on the run from the government/ CDC because they think Ellie may hold the key and cure to a new disease called Wanderer's Folly which is rapidly taking over the world. The story alternates from present to past with you gradually learning how they came to be in their current situation. I think this worked well until I reached the end and I was like whoa wait this is it?? I don't
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The next time I hear an ice cream truck any running I do may be away from it and not towards it..
This was my first time reading anything by Ronald Malfi. I wasn't quite sure from the description whether The Night Parade would be a thriller, or a horror novel. It was both, and it was more. When the story begins, something horrible has already happened. We don't know the details yet, we know only that David is on the run, and trying to keep his daughter safe. Slowly, as they continue their journey
Glenn Rolfe
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Author, Ronald Mafli (Little Girls and Floating Staircase), delivers in his new novel, The Night Parade. In this story, Malfi unleashes the next great plague upon humanity Wanderers Folly. You daydream, you forget, you see things, until you finally lose it. Some go screaming, some jump to their death, and some wander into a fiery death. No one knows how its spread or why some contract it while others dont, but one thing is certainits getting worse.

Its a story thats been told before, but as with
Joe Piccoli
Wow what an awesome book! This is what Joe Hill's The Fireman should have been more like. I can't believe he got more praise for that long saga of trash then Ron did for this elegant, original, heart warming horror story. 5 Stars easy. Malfi is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars 
This was a compelling apocalyptic novel that I would recommend for fans of The Fireman and The Walking Dead. Also, the premise of this book was weirdly similar to the video game The Last of Us. Regardless, Malfi is still a great storyteller, even if a lot of the events were predictable. I really liked the relationship between the father and daughter. This is not my favourite subgenre of horror to read, so if you love apocalyptic stories, then you will likely enjoy this story even more
Alondra Miller
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
5 Stars

I have been looking forward to this read, all year long; and what I received from the author was unexpected and beautiful.

Malfi reminds me of King at his best, McCammon at his best, and most of all; Malfi's best and that Malfi is his own writer.

I am not sure I can simply categorize this work as horror, dystopian, thriller; and yet it is all of those things. Most importantly, it is a story of a father's love for his daughter and all that it entails. His guidance, protection; and in the
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 88-books-in-2018
Awesome read! Perfect mix of horror, "end of the world by virus", likable characters, intrigue, humor and sorrow...I love Ronald Malfi books. He is a great writer!
I highly recommend!
Zuky the BookBum
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3.5 stars!

Firstly Id like to thank Netgalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this in an exchange for an honest review.

Was this how the world was to end? Not with a bang and not even with a whimper, but with the slow deterioration of everything good and beautiful and kind?

To begin with, this book had me completely hooked, it was a really intriguing plot and I was looking forward to
Maxine Marsh

The Night Parade is a surprisingly moving story about a father and daughter on the run in a quickly disintegrating, plagued America. The story unfold slowly, switching from present time with David and Ellie facing an unknown and sick world and David's flashbacks, leading up to some intense reveals towards the end of the book. There is plenty of horror in this one, people good and bad, nature gone wrong and a disease that causes people to hallucinate, commit suicide and sleep walk. The only
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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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