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Floating Staircase | [Ronald Malfi]

Floating Staircase

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Ronald Malfi (P)2013 Audio Realms Publishing Company

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    "A Little Horror, A Little Mystery, A Little Ghost"

    Ronald Malfi writes a horror/mystery that is worth a credit. It got my attention on page one, and held my attention throughout. There were good twists that eventually weave together for a well delivered novel. The Floating Staircase is the story of a man who is haunted throughout adulthood for a moment of carelessness as a child, and a haunting that finally grants him the redemption he very much deserves.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. S. 01-18-15
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed"

    I've never read this author before. But certainly will again. Don't pass it by. Usually I have an idea as to who the culprit is. I didn't see this coming although he gave us all the clues. If you're looking for a horror story. This isn't it. This is a mystery the ghost is one of the characters. If you love a good mystery you will be thoroughly entertained. The narrator is excellent,

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    Jim Mastertone Texas 05-08-14
    Jim Mastertone Texas 05-08-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Interesting, worth the download"
    Would you try another book from Ronald Malfi and/or Monty Lewis Sauerwein?

    Yes, I would.


    Did Monty Lewis Sauerwein do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, although the female voices were a bit distracting.


    Any additional comments?

    This book falls almost into the category of murder mystery rather than haunting, although it is both, really.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    donna Lake Orion, MI, United States 01-25-14
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    "Solid mystery"

    I enjoyed this it was a very pleasant surprise. Worth you time cash or credit

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    "Blah, yawn, blah"

    I kept waiting for the story to get interest in but alas, it never happened. Altogether I found it to be very anticlimactic. As far as the narrator goes, poor choice. He did a good job that he was hired for but I felt he sounded far older than the characters he portrayed. He also had a very robotic tone, sounding as if it was an actual computer reading the story.

    Overall, I would not suggest this book for any friends or family.

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    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 02-23-15
    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 02-23-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Scary and earthy"
    What did you love best about Floating Staircase?

    The story had a sadness about it that made it life-like.


    What other book might you compare Floating Staircase to and why?

    The Third Floor because of the way the story is told.


    What does Monty Lewis Sauerwein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A great narrator who tells a good story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I'd like to enjoy it over a period of time.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe don't make Jody's voice sound like a gay man? Women don't talk that way.

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    Some creepy bits but mainly very unremarkable. Call me demanding but I need some at least slightly believable reason for the weirdness. This book has two mysteries ie the one about the little boy who lived in the the house and two what happened to the main protagonist's little brother. First one is answered in depth, the second one, unless I fell asleep and missed it, not so much.........WHY?! Stephen King it isn't!

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