Author: Erik Therme
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 4 Stars
Andy Crowl barely knew his recently deceased cousin, Craig Moore, so he’s especially surprised to be named as the sole beneficiary in Craig’s will. Not that there’s much to inherit: just an empty bank account and a run-down house.
Once Andy arrives in the town of Mortom, however, he’s drawn into his puzzle-obsessed cousin’s true legacy: a twisted and ominous treasure hunt. Beckoned by macabre clues of dead rats and cemetery keys, Andy jumps into the game, hoping to discover untold wealth. But unsavory secrets–and unanswered questions about Craig’s untimely demise–arise at every turn, leading Andy to wonder if he’s playing the game…or if the game is playing him.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
Mortom by Erik Therme was not quite what I expected. Honestly, I don’t know what I expected – but certainly not this rollercoaster ride of a mystery. The book was exceptionally well written. The narrative was easy to follow, flowed effortlessly, and the dialogue felt real. The back and forth between Kate and Andy was fantastic. I was drawn into the story right away, and several hours later, the book was over.
The author did a great job of weaving together what was ultimately a murder mystery, along with small-town gossip, an extravagant puzzle game, and a family falling apart at the seams. Andy’s descent into a sort of fevered madness over the puzzle game was particularly disquieting.
Overall, I loved the book. I think it was exceptionally well written, and if you enjoy mysteries, you’re probably going to enjoy this one, as I did.