The Night Parade by Ronald Malfi will make my list of top horror reads of 2016 for it’s creeping anxiety. The Night Parade is an apocalyptic novel that follows a Father and Daughter’s journey through the unfolding viral outbreak. The virus causes a disease that is like a amped up version of Alzheimer’s , people start losing their minds and seeing things, ultimately dying of the disease or at their own hands or the hands of other infected.
There is a ticking time bomb in the story that keeps you wondering, “Is it going to happen yet?”. There are several moments where it builds and makes you think it’s going to happen but doesn’t, so it keeps the tension up. David (the father) and Ellie (the daughter) travel across the country encountering a variety of problems and running from the government.
No, this is not just and outbreak novel, there is supernatural element involved as well. The supernatural element doesn’t permeate the book but is definitely a big part of the story. The supernatural part of the story seems to leave the book open for a series of books, which I’d more than happy to see happen.
For comparisons, I would say that it reminds me a bit of The Stand and Cell by Stephen King and The Road by Cormac McCarthy. The comparison is not in terms of plot but more of a mixture of the tone and feels that The Road and The Stand have. The Night Parade is a dark and very depressing novel, the same as the two books I compared it to.
The pacing in the book is great. It’s not an action novel but the David and Ellie moving frantically from one place to the next always looking over their shoulder keeps the story moving and keeps the reader engaged. The book also uses a structure where it leaps between the present and the past often from one chapter to the next. In some books,this leads to slowing the pace or slowing it down a wrong time but not so in The Night Parade.
Overall, The Night Parade was a great read and anyone who loves apocalyptic novels or outbreak novels should enjoy this book. I give this read a solid 4.5 of 5 stars.
A copy of this ebook was provided to the reviewer by the publisher through netgalley.com for free in exchange for an honest review.