Resthaven Kindle Edition
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"I was completely engrossed in this novel."--My Bookish Bliss
"Beautifully written and full of emotion."--Bookchatter
Praise for Erik Therme's I KNOW YOU
"Nonstop panic and you can feel the tension seeping off the page."--The Bookwormery
"Packs a hefty punch."--Books From Dusk Till Dawn
Praise for Erik Therme's KEEP HER CLOSE
"I devoured this fast-paced thriller in24 hours."--A Knight's Read
"One of my Top 10 Books this year."--Dash Fan Book Reviews
Praise for Erik Therme's ROAM
"Cleverly constructed . . . has that just-one-more chapter feeling."--Cemetery Dance
"I couldn't read fast enough."--Emma's Biblio Treasures
Praise for Erik Therme's RESTHAVEN
"Therme's writing style is fluid and deft."--Quick Shot Reviews
"A page turner."--Michelle's Book Ends
Praise for Erik Therme's MORTOM
"The ending comes at you like a freight train."--Rosepoint Publishing
"Kept me on the edge of my seat."--Blacksheep Project
From the Author
- IF SHE DIES: Psychological Thriller
- I KNOW YOU: Psychological Thriller
- KEEP HER CLOSE: Crime Thriller
- ROAM: Suspense
- MORTOM: Mystery
- ASIN : B08MV5NFQV
- Publisher : Thecker Books; 2nd edition (November 4, 2020)
- Publication date : November 4, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2136 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 221 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #134,514 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Kaylee and her friends find a little boy and soon they are being chased, threatened and put in danger by some old man who is staying with him, who acts unloving towards the boy and seems very dangerous. The focus is not so much on the why and who of these two but on the action and suspense. Unfortunately, the mystery of the little boy and the man was what I was most attracted to. If the novel would have been in a different setting, only focusing on that, I would have probably loved it. Now their background story and reason to be there is subsidiary and seems like an afterthought, while it was really interesting when it all came out. That part should have been developed even more if it were up to me. I can recommend this book maybe more to people who like to go into horror houses at fairs or have a lot of imagination in general.
I received a free copy of this book through the Kindle Scout program.
If Mr. Therme ever invites you to a scavenger hunt, just say no and run away as fast as you can. As with his outstanding first novel, Mortom, there is one in Resthaven and it doesn't go as planned. I could not stop reading. The plot keeps surprising and throwing things at you. It is excellently written. The atmosphere it creates will make your skin crawl. But what really got to me was the character development. It is not easy to get teenage girls right and I assume it is even harder for a man. But Kaylee and her girlfriends are completely believable (shout-out to Sidney, the tiny but resourceful dynamo who keeps everyone together). Kaylee rises above the petty grievances that plague teenage girls and actually makes smart decisions. She doesn't crumble and cry for her mommy but kicks back and fights. This is a good, entertaining five-star read.
Kaylee is the fifteen year old protagonist introduced in the first chapter. She is being driven by her mother to a sleepover at Jamie's house. She meets Wren, another girl & Ethan, Jamie's twin brother. She overhears two adult's conversation that is puzzling but keeps it to herself.
The three girls plan a trip to what Jamie calls the dead folk's home. "'It was a retirement home for elderly people,' Wren interjected. 'Like a nursing home. My grandparents lived there until it closed three months ago.'" It is directly behind Jamie's house.
Kaylee described when she met Sidney: "Her voice was like listening to music played in fast forward."
Jamie set up a scavenger hunt in the deserted nursing home that was due to be torn down. Then mysterious things began to happen.
It is a page turner. It is fast paced & mesmerizing. I will watch for more books from this author.
I received a complimentary copy from Kindle Scout through Amazon. That did not change my opinion for this review.
Link to purchase: Resthaven
The motive of the antagonist was unclear if it existed. I finished the book and I'm still confused. What was the point? I had hoped the ending would reward my suffering but it just added to the confusion.
I really liked Mr. Therme's first book. It was an excellent first attempt but this one was a disappointment.
I can't recommend this book.
this is not the case with this book! kaylee is almost never alone and the story wasn't nearly as creepy or suspenseful as I wanted. also many of the characters seemed to do things that didn't make much sense. like Jamie sets up the scavenger hunt but then disappears. she was a volatile interesting character and she was sorely lacking in the story. ethan was an intriguing character but just sort of ended up as a prop of a character.
this book is okay for teens, but there aren't nearly enough layers and the writing started feeling lazy and lackluster toward the end. the book is okay for 99c, almost didn't feel like it was worth the money, but I don't recommend paying anything more. i know, i know, i should be thrilled to be getting a book for 99c, but when i can get better books for free, i feel a bit cheated.
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And yet I found myself slowly altering my opinion. The plot progressed however and I was (thankfully) able to forget about the unlikable little group and get the thrills I required. There was mystery and intrigue and I had no clue where the plot was heading. New characters and new scares were added and there seemed to be an almost supernatural element of the novel created.
The plot, whilst not unique, was provoking and well executed but I found I could not fully immerse myself into the novel when there was no character I could empathize with or align myself to.
Four children go to play a scavenger hunt one evening in a disused old people’s home and get much more than they bargained for. The one leading them there calling it “the dead folk’s home” setting a precedent in their minds as to whether there are ghosts or worse?
Interestingly written in a fast pace style which keeps you turning pages to find out if they make it out. An old man, a young deaf boy, new friendships and past memories play out in this short tale.
We learn of the characters past’s and a little about their current lives whilst they search around amongst the debris to escape certain things and try and get out- as well as find Jamie- the girl who brought them there.
A creepy, slightly scary, suspenseful story of 15 year old girls and their imaginations of what might be real and what is not!
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review
The book is pretty much all go from the first page and is readable and engaging. The plot centralises on a group of teenagers who find themselves in an abandoned building where everything is not as it seems. They stumble upon various reveals and it's an adventure of courage, wits, strength and determination.
What happens inside Resthaven is nothing that any of them could predict. The dialogue in the book is done really well with age appropriate conversations and expressionism. It's easy to get a handle on each character.
I was hoping (personally) for something a touch more scary but that's only me as I like my dark edges. The book moves at a constant decent pace all the way to the end and I read it over a few hours. This one would be great for teens/young adult readers that like a modern day thriller/adventure style of book. Nice to see no Insta-love or love triangles thrown in as too many YA books do (predictable).
I had to read the ending twice until it sunk in fully and I must admit I wanted a bit more than it gave me. It's a good read that I do think many would enjoy and I'm happily recommending it to my teen son. 4 stars!
15 year old Kaylee and her mum have moved home and she is new with no real friends in the neighbourhood except for Anna.
Kaylee is asked to go on a scavenger hunt with Anna's friends and Kaylee is soon locking horns with Jamie who seems to be the ring leader of the group.
They go to Resthaven, an abandoned old folks home where the hunt is taking place.
But they are not alone and soon come face to face with a mad dog.
I don't want to spoil it by revealing the rest of the book.
But I could NOT put it down.
The story goes at a really fast pace, and I really loved the character of Kaylee, who isn't frightened to speak her mind at times.
I feel that the author captured the atmosphere of Resthaven a dilapidated place, but does Resthaven have it's own secrets?
A cracking book which I am definitely going to buy, as I will be reading this book again.
I recommend this book to everyone.
It is aimed at the YA audience but I enjoyed it and I am a lot older!