Malinae by Josh Schlossberg
The fear of aging is one that we all face, and it is hit on very hard. Also, having a loved one falling victim to Alzheimer’s is very difficult. Josh captured the pain loved ones watching the decline have to endure. The book switches gears toward the end, and he executes a major switch in tone. It then transfers to some body horror, and some occult. It’s a drastic switch, but Josh executes it with ease and finesse.Malinae is a story of an elderly couple in their “Golden Years”, being cared for by two in home caregivers. Ward and Malina have been married nearly half a century, and their lives are slowing down. Malina is suffering from Alzheimer’s, Ward is heartbroken, and at a point where he questions the failings of their bodies. Ward seems like he only has one love left, and that is when he is coloring in his books. However, when his grandson Jason arrives, and ends up staying Ward has ideas. This soon changes as something isn’t right with the caregivers and Malina. I cannot praise Josh enough for this incredible story, and I do not say that lightly! His style really made me reminiscent of when I was reading Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby with a hint of the feel that Robert Bloch gave off in Psycho. Josh’s writing is eloquent, and completely engrossing! I give Malinae five Asterias’ out of five Asterias’! It was hard to put down, and I do not think it could be better in any way. I love the flow of his writing, and will read forthcoming works. This is a must read of 2021!