The Night Parade by Ronald Malfi

The Night ParadeThe Night Parade by Ronald Malfi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 immune. She then volunteered to try to help cure the disease but now she’s died and David is worried they will come after their daughter and he can’t let that happen.

The Night Parade is a dystopian type of horror read that takes turns telling the story from what is happening in the present with the characters and alternating with flashing back to the beginning of the disease coming about. It’s very easy to follow along with what is happening and get the story of how David and his daughter have come to be on the run.

I have to say this one reminded me a lot of The Fireman by Joe Hill while I was reading it. A disease slowly killing off the population and the characters hiding from those in charge so I knew getting started with this one I’d probably end up really enjoying it.

There are some pretty creepy moments all throughout this book. Early on an ice cream truck appears and as innocent as that sounds it just gave me the creeps. There’s spiders big enough to eat mice…. yes, I’d be high tailing it out of there. And all along with the creepiness we have some great characters to follow along. David and his love for his family was incredibly touching and little Ellie was wise beyond what her years should allow.

Overall, great dystopian horror that I’d definitely recommend.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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