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Floating Staircase [Kindle Edition]

Ronald Malfi
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Following the success of his latest novel, Travis Glasgow and his wife Jodie buy their first house in the seemingly idyllic western Maryland town of Westlake. At first, everything is picture perfect—from the beautiful lake behind the house to the rebirth of the friendship between Travis and his brother, Adam, who lives nearby. Travis also begins to overcome the darkness of his childhood and the guilt he’s harbored since his younger brother’s death—a tragic drowning veiled in mystery that has plagued Travis since he was 13. Soon, though, the new house begins to lose its allure. Strange noises wake Travis at night, and his dreams are plagued by ghosts. Barely glimpsed shapes flit through the darkened hallways, but strangest of all is the bizarre set of wooden stairs that rises cryptically out of the lake behind the house. Travis becomes drawn to the structure, but the more he investigates, the more he uncovers the house’s violent and tragic past, and the more he learns that some secrets cannot be buried forever.

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""Floating Staircase" is an outstanding achievement in the supernatural horror genre." --Jordan Norton, (August 2011)

About the Author

Ronald Malfiis the author of "The Ascent," "The Fall of Never," "The Nature of Monsters," "Shamrock Alley," and "Via Dolorosa." He lives in Arnold, Maryland.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2898 KB
  • Print Length: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (1 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053HDJTY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,326 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 19 May 2013
By isis
Format:Kindle Edition
a really good spooky thriller.Well written and with agreat atmosphere.I do not like giving the story away but if you like goood ghost stories read thid.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fast but ultimately disappointing read. 30 Dec. 2014
By Bluecashmere. TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a page-turner, or at least most of it is; I found the ending lame and unnecessarily protracted. It struck me while reading that it’s a book that demands to be read fast to mirror the frenzied mind of Travis Glasgow, the central character, laden with guilt over his younger brother’s death while struggling with the obstacles that stand in the way of his latest successful horror novel.

It is difficult to know into quite what category to place this novel. It lacks the shock impact of out and out horror, of for example the early James Herbert novels, and yet it falls short of being a convincing psychological thriller. I’m inclined to think that it might have been more successful had it developed in this direction. Plot dominates. The characters lack any real depth and the secondary ones are all too familiar. Early in the book, especially during the journey to Maryland, there is some strong atmospheric writing exploiting the more remote areas approaching Westlake, the centre of the action. These, though, are few and far between. Less successful are the scenes between Travis and his elder brother Adam and those between Travis and his wife. The dialogue is routine and repetitive and at worst wooden. The action scenes are well enough done, especially the episode between Travis and David Dentman, for me the most compelling of the characters. However, the major characters rarely show much evidence of intelligence or practical common sense and this robs the narrative of conviction.

Because events move so rapidly a deadening effect sets in and a sense of needless repetition reinforces this. When all is said and done, for me the most disturbing episode in the novel by some way is Travis’ visit to Althea, Dentman’s former tutor, in the hospital. Horror has a great deal to do to be more horrific than real life and I don’t think that it succeeds here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Find. A real 'must read'. 31 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I stumbled across this gem by pure accident - or as I later realised - by pure 'fluke'.
As other reviews have stated, I simply couldn't put it down and finished it in 2 or 3 sittings.
Not having heard of Ronald Malfi before, The Floating Staircase came as a pure delight to read - and I, like some other readers, couldn't believe such a great read cost nothing!
I was concerned that Malfi may have written just another haunted house spook story, but with the well thought out and well-written sub-plots beginning to unfold I was proved very wrong. It all flowed easily and at a pace which made it difficult for the reader to turn away from. I even found myself wondering what would be happening next - even when I 'wasn't' reading it!!
With believable characters, great descriptions; an all-round atmosphere/suspense builder that brought the story out and into the readers mind.
With so many low quality reads out there at present, this is one gem of a book which perhaps does warrant the saying (at least in the world of books)... the best things in life 'are' free.
This is one author I hope to read much more of. If The Floating Staircase is anything to go by... I won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, literate and utterly brilliant! 17 Dec. 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great ghost story 6 Oct. 2013
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Simply put this is an incredible read. In a perfect world that would be enough for you to immediatly go off and read it, but it it isn't so let me tell you why I enjoyed reading this so much. We can start with the story as that's what really matters when you get down to it.

The book tells of Travis Glasgow moving back to the US, he's a successful author but has hit a blank with his latest working. He's also haunted by a terrible secret and he moves to a house with its own secret, just as dark as his own. So far nothing spectacular you might think and that is often the case with ghost stories, but the author manages to bring something new to the table.

The first is that while the overview may seem nothing new the story evolves in a direction that surprised me, and I can typically predict a book's ending quite accurately. So I like being surprised in a book, so that was a plus for it, but I didn't know the full outcome until the end, so what kept me enthralled throughout?

The actual writing itself is a work of art. The author has an elegant turn of phrase that would be a joy to read even if it wasn't telling a great story. There is almost a poetic nature to the language that I really enjoyed reading, it's not perfect and that was my only gripe with the novel. Occasionall;y it goes too far with the language, ladels it on a bit thick. Compared to the joy I had reading it I feel amost churliosh mentionming it, but in a good review you should always mention what you didn't like it.

That incredibly minor nitpicking aside this is a fantastic ghost story and a five star read if ever I've read one. Go on, buy it now and see what you think!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A horror headliner
Part ghost story, party mystery and part psychological drama. Wonderfully spooky, tense, emotionally powerful and beautifully written. Malfi is a real find. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jakk54
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, touching, very well written story. Enjoyable.
Well written ghost story. Good language, well developed characters. Interesting and believable plot, at times I could almost see the images described in the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by hamptoncherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent storyline
It took me a little while to get into but once I was there it was a gripping story. Quite sad in places but an excellent read.
Published 9 months ago by uzmafray
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 11 months ago by dd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
real page turner.
Published 12 months ago by diane kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Floating Staircase
Had a bit of a slow start but then began to pick up the pace. Could not put the book down, would definitely recommend this book & author.
Published 18 months ago by Join Jmmoly
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Wasn't sure what to expect but this thriller had me gripped and I could not put it down. Full of twists and turns and I would thoroughly recommend.
Published 19 months ago by Tony Drinkwater
5.0 out of 5 stars Got lost in Floating Staircase
This story really gripped me, I did find it scary because it was such a believable tale.
The guilt of Travis' past ate away at him, leading him to uncover another mystery and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by jo
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.
This centre's around a horror writer feeling huge guilt over the death of his younger brother. Later in life he latches on to another mystery feeling he can resolve the past. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Confessions of a Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!
I have always enjoyed thriller books. This book was a very interesting read with lots of little twists and turns. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jo
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