Mortom by Erik Therme is a clever mystery into one family’s secret past.
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The town of Mortom was full of people who valued the small-town’s privacy. That’s why, when local resident Craig leaves his house to his cousin Andrew instead of his mother, Andrew is immediately curious. Andrew convinced his sister Kate to come with him to Mortom to inspect the house, and she reluctantly agrees. Once there, Andrew finds a clue that will send him on a race against time to solve Craig’s puzzle and unearth a secret that might be too big for the small town to handle.
I really enjoyed this book! Andrews increasing obsession over the puzzle is a great contrast to Kate’s complete unwillingness to get involved. The characters had great chemistry, the dialogue was natural and effective, and the settings were well described. The tension also grew at a natural rate and ended in a climax that I didn’t see coming.
I don’t really have any complaints. Kate’s character frustrated me, but that’s only because I’m a lot like Andrew. I admired his sense of adventure, and I would have been just as curious if I had found clues like that in the home of a deceased relative….especially if those clues were aimed directly at me. Her unwillingness to help, or even believe, her brother really got under my skin and made her character more dynamic. Andrew was also very dynamic, and I could easily place myself in his shoes. The other characters did well in their supportive roles, and you could easily get the sense of a tight-knit community that doesn’t like strangers poking around.
Mortom was an engaging mystery, and I give it a 5 of 5. It was well written, believable, and the big reveal was both satisfying and frustrating. I would definitely recommend it!
About the Author:
Erik Therme is an author who has “thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader.” He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa, which is one of the seven places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. Mortom is his debut novel, and it has since been followed by his second novel, Rest Haven. To learn more about this author and his works, you can visit his Website, connect with him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, or check out his Amazon Page. To get a copy of Mortom for yourself, check out the link below!
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