A Shrill Keening by Ronald Malfi

A Shrill Keening - Ronald Malfi


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Carl is now confined to a psychiatric unit, he can’t remember the incident that caused his incarceration and is sure that he had nothing to do with the death of his girlfriend, Meritt. His days are spent attending therapy and reading but at night, whilst sleeping, he escapes the confines of his solitary room and finds himself on an abandoned beach which he patrols until morning before finding himself once again in his room. As the two worlds start to come together, Carl finds that he is destined for an important role in mankind’s survival.
The storyline has been done before, mentally unstable individual experiencing alternate realities but the strong lead character ensures that this is anything but stale, the ending which should have been predictable, still managed to surprise me. Malfi weaves the story together fluidly, although more could have been written concerning the Lovecraftian part of the story which seemed to end before it had really started.
For a short read this packed a lot in, as with other Malfi reads it’s beautifully written has an interesting lead character and a nice little twist at the end.