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Mortom [Kindle Edition]

Erik Therme
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Book Description

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.”


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If you like these kinds of twisty, mind puzzles, you will definitely enjoy this one -What Has Been Read
 
Therme's debut novel is a fast-paced mystery/thriller built around family secrets and long-held grudges -Cedar Rapids Gazette
 
Great twists and surprises that keep you going -Lovely Reads
 
Mortom is a suspenseful read, and the ending is unexpected and satisfying -Book Obsessed

I read the first couple of chapters, put it down for a couple of days and then read the rest in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down -Anne's Book Club

About the Author

Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, (inadvertently) harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. None of these have come close to the thrill of releasing his debut novel, Mortom.

When he's not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his oldest daughter's volleyball team, or chilling on the PS3 with his 11-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa--one of only 7 places in the world the UNESCO has certified as a "City of Literature."

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  • File Size: 993 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: FLUX; 3rd edition (February 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IABY9JE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice and Quick Mystery. May 27, 2014
By Kellin
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I would rather have rated this a 3.5 but that wasn't an option. So - let me do this:

4.5 Stars for holding my interest, and that is the most important thing, isn't it?
4.5 Stars for pacing. The story raced along from beginning to end with none of those long dry spells of boring back story or navel gazing.
4 Stars for the writing. This is NOT one of those little newbie author failures, drowning in misspellings and shot through with grammar bombs. This is a well written little gem.
2 Stars for the unexplained, odd (IMO) relationship between the main characters, a brother and sister.

I hated the ending, but after I thought about it a while, I realized the ending was probably perfect. I don't read much mystery, so I realize my opinion on how they should conclude doesn't count for much, and my initial reaction was just wrong.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!!! February 17, 2014
Format:Paperback
I absolutely loved this book..... I read the first two chapters immediately when it arrived and returned to it again over the weekend. I couldn't get over how completely immersed I was in the story and how badly I wanted to see what happened next. The author created a twisting, turning plot that kept evolving with each new clue in the "game." I am kind of a slow reader, and thus not an "avid" reader because it usually takes me so long to complete a book. But not this one!! I finished it in a day because there was no way I could put it down. The storyline moves along quickly and leaves you hungry for more. I loved how the chapters alternated between the brother-sister storylines and kept introducing new characters with every turn of the page. Just when you think you had something figured out, there would be another twist. I loved the surprise ending and know that other readers will too!! Erik Therme, this may be your first published novel...... please don't let it be your last!!! Can't wait to read more!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced - and fun! March 14, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love books that get right to the point and get you hooked from the first chapter. If the story line doesn't get me fast, I struggle to finish. This book got me hook line and sinker from the first page to the last. I thoroughly enjoyed each twist and turn!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ADDICTIVE! June 19, 2014
Format:Paperback
I went to Erik Therme's book reading of Mortom at Prairie Lights downtown Iowa City and was SO glad I did! Not only was I immediately drawn in to the story, but I became increasingly anxious to find out what was going to happen next. Read this book in 2 days and was engulfed in it until the last sentence! Definitely not your every day mystery novel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shortcomings aside, I really enjoyed this book. May 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Mortom is an interesting read. I got this book mostly because it sounded different from the books I tend to read. I mean, a key found in the mouth of a dead rat under the dead cousin's refrigerator... that is certainly a different beginning to a mystery book. I figured I would either love it or hate it. In the end, I both love AND hate it. Before reading on, please note that I averaged the love and the hate parts and gave the book a four star rating. Love got the lion's share of the rating.

Mortom has most of the things that trigger me to throw a book across the room. I really didn't like the characters although that in itself is not a deal breaker for me. But I do think that Andy was a headstrong jerk. Ok, yes, in the end he was right. But still, did he have to be so obnoxious? His sister, Kate, was a bit more likeable but why did she put up with her brother? I would have tossed him to the winds by the end of the first chapter. At least she developed during the adventure. I don't think Andy learned a thing and that seems sad to me.

Also, I got really tired of all the antagonism between the various characters. Geez, did there have to be so much anger.

What is a deal breaker for me is that the book is so far out of the realm of possibility. Unless a book is sci fi or fantasy (and I love sci fi and fantasy books), I prefer to believe that the story could possibly happen in real life. I would have loved to see the crazy beginning play out into something believable. Or else played out into a satire. Instead, the plot goes from strange to just plain absurd. And there are way too many miracles. It felt like every time things got stuck, poof, here's a miracle to solve the problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
When Craig Moore drowns in a lake, Andy Crowl is surprised to learn that his cousin left him his few possessions despite their not seeing each other for years because of a childhood rivalry. Andy and his sister Kate, go to Craig’s house in Mortom to sort through the inheritance when they come upon a dead rat with a key in its mouth. It turns out someone has set up clues for Andy to follow. But who is behind this, why was this game set up, and where does it lead to?

In their quest to solve the mystery, Andy and Kate get to know the people who were closest to their cousin: his mother Mary, his friend Debbie, his neighbor and employer Ricky, and his poker partner Harlan. Mortom also plays a big part in the story, being a small town where people know everybody’s business.

Mortom is a suspenseful read, and the ending is unexpected and satisfying. In addition, the mystery of Craig’s paternity ties in neatly with the game. However, I didn’t understand why Kate was so angry at Andy at the beginning of the book. Maybe the author could have added some background information to explain their relationship?

Mortom is Erik Therme’s first published work, and he has hinted that there might be a sequel to this book. It would be interesting to know more about Andy and Kate, especially as the author left some questions unanswered concerning Kate.

Mortom by Erik Therme was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best book I ever read where I didn't like any of the characters
Spoilers. I hate them. Not so much because of what they are, but because as a reviewer—especially of mysteries—you just can’t say everything you would like to about a book. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Barb Taub
4.0 out of 5 stars The rat has a name...
The beauty of a Kindle is to find a gem like this sitting there waiting for me.
The mystery surrounds an odd game played between cousins, one of whom is dead. Read more
Published 25 days ago by L.A. Lewandowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Loved this book!! Erik Therme keeps you guessing from beginning to end. I never saw that ending coming!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christin G.
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book for mystery and suspense fans.
Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock
Rating 3 fangs

This mystery/suspense/thriller is based in the very small town of Mortom where Andy has gone to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brony83
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Fast paced page turner, suspenseful, thrilling and mysterious. Just when you thought that you knew exactly what was going to happen next, wham, another twist. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. L. Breaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyed this book. It held my interest & didn't take me long to read it. Can't wait for his next book.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Mortom
great story. kept you guessing the whole time. I was very absorbed and was unable to put it down after I started reading it.
Published 3 months ago by Sherril A. Anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars CWOT (Complete waste of time)
I purely hate to write a negative review, but I wish someone had warned me about this book. Most people read books to be entertained, to escape into a different world created by... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bill Swann
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguingly written. Unable to put down after 40 pages ...
Intriguingly written. Unable to put down after 40 pages. Characters are well rounded, yet give a hint of suspense. Puzzling features allow for reader to remain guessing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Deana D Buell
4.0 out of 5 stars Mortom
A new mystery that I loved! I am picky about my mystery books and this one was surprising. I ended up liking the story more than I thought. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Serenity
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Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, (inadvertently) harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. None of these have come close to the thrill of releasing his debut novel, Mortom.

When he's not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his oldest daughter's volleyball team, or chilling on the PS3 with his 11-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa--one of only 7 places in the world the UNESCO has certified as a "City of Literature."

WEB: http://eriktherme.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/erik.therme
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ErikTherme
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