Reviews of Dark Fiction

Come With Me by Ronald Malfi, narrated by Joe Hempel

Aaron Decker recently lost his wife in a senseless shopping mall shooting. Feeling a bit haunted by her, Aaron begins to go through Allison’s things and discovers a hotel receipt. This receipt spurs anger, then curiosity as Aaron continues to find things Allison never told him about. Is Allison actually haunting Aaron, or is he haunting himself? You’ll have to read this to find out!

Having to keep things intentionally vague is hard when it comes to this book. At first I wasn’t crazy about it, to be honest. The protagonist is talking to his dead wife in his head the entire time. This leads to many long portions with no external dialogue whatsoever. Then things really started to heat up.

As Aaron continues to seek out more and more information about what Allison was up to prior to her death, more characters and dialogue come into play. Aaron is someone you can really root for, he cared for his wife, and his grief stricken mind is reaching out to her the entire time. Every woman deserves a man like Aaron, a man that TRULY loves them.

The pacing was generally good, (except for that rather slow start), but it picked up quite a lot towards the end. The denouement was surprising and had me at the edge of my seat. There were so many suspect characters, I had no chance of guessing the culprit. I love when that happens!

The narrator, Joe Hempel, did a marvelous job voicing Aaron. It must have been particularly difficult too, as we are living in Aaron’s head for a good part of this novel. Aaron’s grief and anxiety seemed to spill out of my phone’s speaker and tear right into my heart.

I’ve long thought that Ronald Malfi was an under-rated author; he deserves to be more well-known. He’s quietly turning out brilliant books and as for myself? I will line up to read them. I hope that you’ll COME WITH ME and give this one a try!

Highly recommended!

Thanks to Tantor Audio and NetGalley for the download of this audiobook in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!

Come With Me Book Cover Come With Me
Ronald Malfi
Dark Fiction, Suspense, Thrilller
Titan Books, Tantor Audio
07/20/2021
Audio
11 hours, 25 minutes
NetGalley

A masterful, heart-palpitating novel of small-town horror and psychological dread from a Bram Stoker nominee.

Aaron Decker's life changes one December morning when his wife, Allison, is killed. Haunted by her absence - and her ghost - Aaron goes through her belongings, where he finds a receipt for a motel room in another part of the country. Piloted by grief and an increasing sense of curiosity, Aaron embarks on a journey to discover what Allison had been doing in the weeks prior to her death.

Yet Aaron is unprepared to discover the dark secrets Allison kept, the death and horror that make up the tapestry of her hidden life. And with each dark secret revealed, Aaron becomes more and more consumed by his obsession to learn the terrifying truth about the woman who had been his wife, even if it puts his own life at risk.

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