Ronald Malfi writes with a style and imagination that forces you to linger on every sentence, there’s no cutting corners here, you can’t skip lines, the story grasps you by the collar, shakes you around a bit and doesn’t let go until it’s made an impression in your mind.
Is Carl Thompson a murderer, he certainly doesn’t remember, yet being incarcerated in a psychiatric ward and slowly being pressed into dealing with the horrifying thought that he may of bludgeoned his partner to death, would suggest that he’s guilty beyond reproach.
His life of treatment, interviews with the Doctor and utter confusion at his lack of memory becomes secondary to the life he leads in his dreams. A life where he discovers a purpose, in a desolate town on the sea, a watcher waiting for a warning and an alternate reality. All he has is a code on a piece of paper and a key, one that will open the door to his mind.
Loved the ending, an alternate reality or the mind building barriers that just need a tap in the right place or even a shrill keening to bring it all down. You have to read this to find out.
Another thoroughly enjoyable tale from the Darkfuse camp and I really need to read more from Ronald Malfi.
I received A Shrill Keening from Darkfuse & Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and that’s what you’ve got.