Mortom by Erik Therme

// Published 28 March 2017 by Regina

Mortom Book Cover Mortom
Erik Therme
Thomas & Mercer
28 April 2015

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.

Something’s rotten in Mortom. And this dead man’s game might not be all that Andy is doomed to lose.

Mortom is a novel full of mysteries, puzzles, games and thrilling moments. It’s an unexpectedly dark mystery story.

Disclaimer: I received the complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange of my honest review.

I read Resthaven by Erik Therme before I read this debut novel of his. I’m so honored and excited to review this book as I like the writing of the author in Resthaven.

Mortom first started like a story with a puzzle-solving game that leads to some hidden treasure. The clues that lay out in the chapters and the suspense are what keeps me reading it. Though most of the time I was annoyed by the relationship between Kate and Andy due to their constant arguments over literary everything, I was happily participating in the process of unveiling the mysteries. The puzzles in the book are sometimes easy to solve. However, sometimes it’s challenging and needs to read on to learn about the final answers to the clues.

The reason I mentioned this book is an unexpectedly dark mystery is how the story progresses. During the time Andy pursuing this treasure hunting game, both him and Kate learnt about some dark secrets related to their late cousin – Craig. The more I read, the more I feel sad for Craig. He lived a miserable life that surrounded by lies and deceits.

The ending is a slight cliffhanger and I blame Kate for that. Nonetheless, I enjoyed very much in reading this book. I hope to read more books like this by Erik.

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

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