Book Review: Little Girls by Ronald Malfi *contains spoilers*

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Genre(s): Horror

Plot:  [From Goodreads] When Laurie was a little girl, she was forbidden to enter the room at the top of the stairs. It was one of many rules imposed by her cold, distant father. Now, in a final act of desperation, her father has exorcised his demons. But when Laurie returns to claim the estate with her husband and ten-year-old daughter, it’s as if the past refuses to die. She feels it lurking in the broken moldings, sees it staring from an empty picture frame, hears it laughing in the moldy greenhouse deep in the woods… At first, Laurie thinks she’s imagining things. But when she meets her daughter’s new playmate, Abigail, she can’t help but notice her uncanny resemblance to another little girl who used to live next door. Who died next door. With each passing day, Laurie’s uneasiness grows stronger, her thoughts more disturbing. Like her father, is she slowly losing her mind? Or is something truly unspeakable happening to those sweet little girls?


  • It was genuinely creepy
  • Beautiful imagery
  • I think this book would make a great movie
  • The very, very end (we’re talking last page, here) was like O.O


  • I was not a fan of the pedophilic turn it took
  • I don’t think the story behind the caretakers was ever resolved
  • And if it was, it wasn’t memorable enough for me to realize it


I didn’t really find this book to be quote-able.

My Thoughts: I saw this book on Goodreads and went, “Ooh, looks creepy. I need it.” Because I judge books by their covers and if you don’t, you’re lying. It seemed promising, and even the first act of the book had me flipping pages… until it didn’t. Pedophilia is a huge literary turnoff for me, and the second I figured out what was happening, I didn’t want to finish the book. I figured it out before Laurie did, because I know the signs. And I was like, “Okay, maybe I’m wrong.” And I wasn’t. I dunno. It went from paranormally creepy to disgustingly creepy, and that just doesn’t do it for me.

Ronald Malfi

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