When Andy inherits his late cousin’s house, he thinks he’s finally stumbled onto a bit of good luck.
Until he finds a dead rat under the refrigerator with a note stuffed inside it’s mouth.
Written inside were just two words:
So begins Mortom, the stunning debut novel from author Erik Therme. Set in the fictional town of Mortom, Iowa, brother and sister team Andy and Kate find themselves entangled in a bizarre series of events set forth by their late cousin, Craig, who died in a tragic accident -leaving behind a strange trail of clues for them to follow.
But who really was Craig, and why he would go to such lengths to create this “game” -and to what end? The more they look into his past, the more secrets are revealed in the small town of Mortom- and not everyone is happy about it.
With each new clue Andy falls deeper into a maddening obsession, determined to get to the bottom of this ever-increasingly-strange mystery, while sister Kate tries to figure out what role Debbie, the girl next door, and her grandfather Ricky play in it all. But is it all just a sick joke, or is there more at stake than either of them realize?
Mortom is a fiercely gripping mystery that wont let you go until the very last page- by the end of the first chapter I was completely hooked and devoured the entire book in one sitting (something I almost never do). Therme has done a masterful job in crafting a suspenseful story, and I loved the back-and-forth sibling rivalry between Andy and Kate (as a “little sister”, I can vouch that it’s done quite well), as well as the intriguingly complex cast of characters that crop up as the story progresses. A brilliantly fast-paced book, Mortom offers readers a tantalizing mystery set in a small town full of secrets. The perfect book for a cold fall evening, and an absolute must-read!
Rating: 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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About the author
You can learn more about Erik Therme and his book MORTOM by visiting his website www.eriktherme.com