Book Review: Mortom by: Erik Therme

Publisher: FLUX

Publication Date: February 6, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Mortom: population 986. 

On the outskirts of town, 33-year-old Craig Moore is found drowned in the lake. A loner and town eccentric, few attend the funeral. 

One week later Andy Crowl arrives in Mortom, still stunned by his cousin’s death and equally confused why everything was left to him. The two hadn’t spoken in years and shared little outside of fierce childhood competition. 

But Craig hardly did him a favor. The estate amounts to little more than a drained bank account and a property overridden with junk. When Andy finds a dead rat under the refrigerator with a key in its mouth, he thinks it’s some sort of sick joke. Then he finds the letter left by Craig, written two days before his death ... detailing the rules of “the game.”

Review: Craig Moore dies and leaves everything to his cousin, Andy Crowl. A week after the funeral, Andy and his sister Kate come to Mortom to speak with the estate lawyer and get everything cleared up. Andy doesn’t know why Craig left everything to him as they never were close at all. When Andy finds a dead rat with a note and a key in its mouth, he’s intrigued. When he finds the note from Craig, the game is on. MORTOM comes across as a conglomeration of the horror, mystery, and suspense genres. It’s a well-paced story, but the characters were not very likeable at all. It’s a credit to the writing style that I was able to stay engaged in the book even thought I didn’t like the characters in the least. The mystery was good, but even though I thought the ending was clean there is room for a sequel or related story. Come to MORTOM and stay a while…


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