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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
NED is a horror/thriller by author David Sgalambro revolving around the story's main focus, NED. Homeless NED has kept to himself, posture slumped, head down, protecting his few scarce belongings, memories of a better time, and perhaps catalysts to his madness. But not everyone is accepting of those down on their luck, and one particular altercation left NED worried and stored within him a darkness. A group of youths sporting leather jackets had gone out of their way to harass him, intimidate him, and threaten violence. They left with a warning; there were more of them patrolling, and his kind weren't welcome in their neighbourhood. The leather jacket gang had him on edge, soon he watched everyone and anyone wearing that attire was deemed a threat, even people like Trent, who had often shown him kindness. From the threat bred paranoia, and a determination not to be forced from these streets by anyone. No matter what he had to do, how far he had to go. And he would go very far indeed.
David Sgalambro has an interesting, tense, and gripping style, reminiscent in places of old classics in structure and expression. The images conjured up are vivid in all their horror as we meet characters like Trent, and become invested in their lives and dreams. Within the pages of NED is a tale of horror, which could very likely be someone's reality. David Sgalambro beautifully takes the transition of a peaceful man into insanity and horrific acts and gives it life and terror. This is one of those books you will sit thinking about long after finishing. The collision of realities and depth given to the characters make this one book certainly worth reading.