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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
A tale about fear, written in the most poignant and captivating manner, Nothing to Get Nostalgic About by Eddie Brophy is a welcome treat for fans of horror and thrillers with strong psychological underpinnings. Charlie Harris lives with a brutal reality: a painful childhood. He understands that there are some things we don’t outgrow, no matter how fast we grow in stature and intelligence. One of those things is fear because it always finds a way to sneak into our lives at the most unexpected moments. He is an addict and a depressed individual who is also haunted by his childhood. He has successfully masked his pain behind his writing craft, becoming a successful and award-winning author. When the life of his infant son is endangered, he must face his own painful childhood. Both his and his son’s lives are at stake.
This is a story that is as disturbing as it gets. As readers follow the compelling hero of the story, they become painfully aware of their own demons, of those situations that altered their lives in inconceivable ways. The author explores the protagonist's inner world with intelligence and skill, allowing readers to clearly perceive the effects of domestic abuse, violence, and sexual harassment. Eddie Brophy’s prose is stellar, and he writes about the psychological conflict with ingenuity. The characters are not only rock-solid but real, and they represent the dreadful world of the nightmares that haunt readers, the fear of a painful past catching up with them. Put together a troubled past, a haunted house, and a family with dark secrets, and you get the ingredients for a relentless ride of horror in Nothing to Get Nostalgic About.