The Mourning House – Ronald Malfi (Review)

2 Nov


Devastated by tragedy, Dr. Sam Hatch is a shadow of his former self. He travels the byroads of America, running away from a past he cannot escape. There is no salvation for him.

And then he sees the house. Like a siren, it calls to him. Yet the house is not what it appears to be. Is it a blessing, a gift…or a curse?

My thoughts

Sam Hatch had a nice life – good friends, a successful career and a lovely family – but everything changed after a car accident. He was the one driving the car that night and, because he fell asleep at the wheel, his wife and daughter died.

Even though he feels responsible for the accident, he tries to move on with his life and to leave the past behind. But that is very hard because everything reminds him of his family. He keeps hearing his wife’s voice and his baby’s crying in the empty rooms of his house, he thinks that he is not alone, that there is a presence following him, so he takes the decision to leave the house for good and to start travelling.

After a year of wandering, he arrives in a little town where he finds an old, abandoned house and, because it seems that the house is calling him, he decides to buy it. Not long after that, he realises that the house is not what it seems. There are stories about it, frightening ones and people say it’s haunted. But those don’t scare Sam and he decides that this is the right place for him to live in so he starts the renovation of the property. Soon, things start to move, noises are coming through the walls and little by little the house seems to transform itself into his former house, in which Sam and his family used to live. Firstly, the floor resembles the old one, he discovers a room which is identical to his little daughter’s room and finally he finds the bones of his dog, the one that he left to his friends, a year before. He comes to the conclusion that the house is a puzzle and he has to solve it.

I liked the story very much. It was a creepy, short read and the atmosphere was quite frightening and claustrophobic. My only problem was with the ending. Not because it wasn’t a happy one, but because I found it rushed. I still don’t know whether the house was haunted or everything happened in Sam’s imagination. Other than that, I don’t have any other complaints about the book.

I think the author did a great job and I hope you’ll also enjoy The Mourning House!
Thanks to and DarkFuse for sending me this e-book.

My rating:     


About the author

Ronald Malfi is an award-winning novelist and short fiction writer whose most notable works include the novels Via Dolorosa and Shamrock Alley. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and collections throughout the US and abroad. Most recognized for his haunting, literary style and memorable characters, Malfi writes fiction that transcends genres to gain wider acceptance among readers of quality literature.

He resides in Maryland with his wife, Debra, where he is currently at work on his next book.


One Response to “The Mourning House – Ronald Malfi (Review)”

  1. liquid chillstep November 16, 2012 at 8:55 am #

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