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Floating Staircase (edition 2011)

by Ronald Malfi

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Title:Floating Staircase
Authors:Ronald Malfi
Info:Medallion Press (2011), Paperback, 464 pages
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enjoyable but not a very scary ghost story ( )
  jodiesohl | Jun 29, 2014 |
Nearly from the first page, this book took me in and held me in thrall, keeping me reading long past the point at which my eyes were needing a break. For a horror novel, this book is frighteningly believable, and the characters are just so flawed and believable as to make you ache for each of their missteps and difficulties. Malfi's smooth writing and smart pacing are the added bonuses that make this book a wonderfully engaging read.

All together, any reader of suspense novels or ghost stories is going to fall headlong into this book, only to be able to surface days later.

Absolutely recommended. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Mar 23, 2014 |
This is an extraordinary well written story about about one man's attempt to find redemption and some form of closure to an incident that occurred during his formative years. Ronald Malfi manages to blend superbly elements of horror and crime nicely presented in the guise of small town America. Travis Glascow and his wife Jodie have settled in the pretty little community of Westlake Maryland but as befits all good storytelling nothing is ever as it seems and, as we are shown, the perfect life is something we all strive for but few achieve. Travis is haunted by the death of his younger brother Kyle, left under his protection but who tragically died jumping from an old wooden pier. The house in Westgate has a sinister past, Elijah Dentman, son of the previous owners met a tragic and untimely demise but even in death the spirit of Elijah refuses to rest "Nature does not know extinction. It knows only change. Metamorphosis. It knows that when life is snuffed out and the soul vacates the body, it must, by definition, go somewhere. And if you don't believe in God or a god or in heaven and hell, then where do souls go?"

What makes this book such a wonderful achievement, so deep thought and contemplative is the authors style of writing. In a reflective mood Travis thinks back to his childhood and in particular his father "My father, who'd always been an intimidating physical presence, seemed to grow smaller day by day, some vital bone or organ now broken within him. He reminded me more and more of those rusted old cars on concrete blocks, colorless weeds growing all around him. He became an alcoholic after Kyle's death and maintained that ungodly and self-deprecating profession until prostate cancer punched his card many years later." Just look at the poetic nature of the opening paragraph to Chapter 18 " When you withdraw from the world, you find that the world withdraws from you, too. Then all that's left is the Greyness, the Void, and this is where you remain. Like a cancerous cell. Like a cut of tissue, diseased, in a Petri dish. You glance down and there it is: this gaping gray hole in the center of your being. And as you stand there and stare into it, all you see is yourself staring back."

Suffice to say this style permeates throughout the book and makes for rich and rewarding reading. Introduce to this a mix some wonderful, colourful characters; Althea Coulter tutor to Elijah and an old lady sadly dying of cancer, Earl Parsons veteran seasoned reporter, Veronica and David Dentman parents of tragic Elijah and possibly holding the secrets and answers that Travis seeks in his search for the truth and maybe just maybe his own salvation. ( )
1 vote runner56 | Dec 17, 2013 |
I enjoyed The Gate House when I first started reading the novel mostly because of the first person narrator’s voice, unfortunately after a few chapters, it crashed and burned like a fighter jet being shot down. This novel was bad on so many different levels that it’s hard to find a starting point. First off, the novel was obscenely long. Three quarters of this novel could be cut off without missing a beat. It seemed like the author could not go more than a few paragraphs without lapsing back into flashbacks. Even worse, he kept regurgitating the same information over and over again. I heard the details of John Sutter’s wife killing Frank Bellarosa about 87,000 times including every aspect of his feelings and what happened and the events surrounding it. Enough already. Secondly, the characters in this novel were awful. There was not a single likeable character. I was liking John Sutter a little at first until the point where despite his ex-wife cheating on him and killing her lover, as well as being depicted as self-centered, spoiled, clueless rich girl, it took him about two seconds to get back together with her after the first time they met in a decade. After that point, the novel was all downhill. The writing was weak. There was very little positive to say about this. Avoid this novel at all costs.
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  Carl_Alves | Nov 17, 2013 |
Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi is a unique story, told through the main character's experiences, and the eyes of a writer. He has past regrets that haunt his thoughts, and influences his choices. The protagonist has moved into a new home, near his brother, with whom he wants to make amends and build a stronger relationship. The house has a history of tragedy. The character becomes consumed in finding the truth. The ending was a surprise, and left me with an Aha moment. I liked the story, it had some good twists, and did make one think about the wise words, 'don't judge a book by its cover' or 'don't jump to conclusions'. The story builds, so I suggest this to anyone who likes to feel the story develop. ( )
  ElisabethZguta | Nov 7, 2013 |
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"Because he is my brother, I will suffer a thousand deaths to vindicate his."
--Alexander Sharpe, The Ocean Serene
"All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath."
--F. Scott Fitzgerald, in an undated letter to his daughter
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For Darin,

Jonathan,

and Samantha--

The beauty of this mystery...
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It has been said that nature does not know extinction.
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To Travis and Jodie Glasgow, the house in the idyllic small town seems perfect, the surrounding woods and lake like a postcard. But soon after they move in, things begin
to . . . change. Strange noises wake Travis at night. His dreams are plagued by ghosts. Barely glimpsed shapes flit through the darkened hallways—shapes bearing a frightening resemblance to a little boy. Footprints appear. Strangest of all are the wooden stairs rising cryptically from the lake.

The more Travis investigates, the more he uncovers the house’s violent and tragic past . . . and the more he learns that some secrets can’t be buried forever.

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"To Travis and Jodie Glasgow, the house in the idyllic small town seems perfect, the surrounding woods and lake like a postcard. But soon after they move in, things begin to change. Strange noises wake Travis at night. His dreams are plagued by ghosts. Barely glimpsed shapes flit through the darkened hallways--shapes bearing a frightening resemblance to a little boy. Footprints appear. Strangest of all are the wooden stairs rising cryptically from the lake. The more Travis investigates, the more he uncovers the house's violent and tragic past and the more he learns that some secrets can't be buried forever."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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Editions: 1605424366, 1605424595, 1605424609, 160542448X

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