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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
Ketchup on Everything by Nathan Robinson is a weird and creepy tale that had my heart pumping from page one. There are two stories that mingle within these pages. The backstory is the more normal of the two but comes in pieces later on, filling the reader in when they are overwhelmed with questions. When Elliot's son Evan goes missing, his life as he knows it ends. This story is heart wrenching and, as a parent, really hard to read. I could understand how Elliott would feel to lose a child and how his wife would respond by not getting out of bed. I understood the grief that came between them and caused them to drift further and further apart until there was nothing left for them. I could also understand why, years later, overwhelmed with grief, Elliot sold his house, bought a motor home and started traveling the country.
Which brings us to the second part of the story (but is actually the start of the story, so the reader is dumped into the scene head first). Elliot stops at a diner after a hard day on the road. It is creepy from the beginning, one of those places where you just know something bad is going to happen (like the Bates motel). Not just bad, but weird like a Stephen King novel, because, sure enough, two crazy strangers come into the diner followed by Elliot's eight-year-old son, looking exactly the same as the day he disappeared. Creepy!