The Lost Memories Of Freddy Frehling: James Newman
Reviewed By Miranda Crites
When Steve Thomson messaged me to ask if I’d be interested in receiving a review copy of a new James Newman book, without hesitation, I replied, “Yes!”
“The Lost Memories of Freddy Frehling” is fun and exciting, but it will also rip out your heart, and no one can rip out your heart like James Newman.
Melissa and Joseph often visit their elderly father, Freddy Frehling, at the Point Pleasant Retirement Home. The visits are difficult and unrewarding. With the depressing reality of growing older, he doesn’t remember who they are, or who he is, during most of their visits. As his grown children try to remind him of who he was, he grows even more confused and agitated.
Eventually, steps have to be taken in everyone’s best interest, and there is an extremely discouraging truth to be discovered by his children.
This is probably the most unique story I’ve read by James Newman. We get to live in a world where superheroes exist, but, still, the inevitable sadness of growing old has us firmly rooted in reality.
James has a special talent of being able to sink his fist down deep into your chest without you realizing it until he has a tight grip on your heart. By the time you realize what has happened, it’s too late. Your heart belongs to him in one seamless rip.
I can’t recommend this beautiful, bittersweet story enough. James Newman is one of the greatest authors I’ve ever had the opportunity to read. His work is superb. “The Lost Memories of Freddy Frehling” is no exception!
Also, there is an afterword in the book where James tells about the moment when he knew he wanted to be a professional writer. These peeks into a writer’s past are the icing on the cake for me. I love hearing these stories as much as I enjoy the fiction.
The Lost Memories Of Freddy Frehling
Most of us, at some point in our lives, have thought of our parents as superheroes. They always did the right thing no matter the cost, and once upon a time we thought they would live forever.
But what if they really did possess superhuman powers? What if, between birthday parties and helping with your homework, they used to save the galaxy twice a day?
Sooner or later, the smoke clears. Even heroes get old. How do you handle watching someone you believed to be indestructible face a foe more insidious than their lifelong arch-nemesis?
Miranda Crites is a reader, writer, book reviewer, photographer, and lover of horror from the ghostly woods of rural West Virginia.
The writing bug bit Miranda at a very early age. She was pretty much born with a pen and a camera in her hands. She won the young writers’ contest in first grade and received her first camera as a gift when she was nine years old.
When not writing, Miranda enjoys spending time with her family. She and her family spend a lot of time off the grid where they are building a cabin in the supposedly haunted woods.
Miranda is self-employed. She and her husband create large and small vinyl decals, t-shirts, signs, and a plethora of creative customized items.
Some of her many hobbies when time allows are: making unique crafts and artwork, painting, hiking, and, of course, photography.
She has a diploma for Writing for Children and Teenagers although most of her current work is horror fiction and poetry.
Miranda is a member of Team Kendall Reviews at www.KendallReviews.com where you can find her horror book reviews and her monthly feature, Miranda Snaps, which generally contains horror fiction and photography.
Miranda is one of “The Thirty,” which is a group of thirty authors who are each taking a turn in writing a chapter of an in-progress horror novel.
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