Mortom by Erik Therme


Score: 3/5

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


Andy Crowl barely knew his recently deceased cousin, Craig Moore, so he’s especially surprised to be named as the sole beneficiary in Craig’s will. Not that there’s much to inherit: just an empty bank account and a run-down house.

Once Andy arrives in the town of Mortom, however, he’s drawn into his puzzle-obsessed cousin’s true legacy: a twisted and ominous treasure hunt. Beckoned by macabre clues of dead rats and cemetery keys, Andy jumps into the game, hoping to discover untold wealth. But unsavory secrets—and unanswered questions about Craig’s untimely demise—arise at every turn, leading Andy to wonder if he’s playing the game…or if the game is playing him.

Something’s rotten in Mortom. And this dead man’s game might not be all that Andy is doomed to lose.


Mortom is designed to be a mystery story that plays with the imagination. It does so successfully – but can be a hard read at times. I loved the puzzles and hints, I enjoyed watching as the main character slowly put together a convoluted situation with more reveals than a fashion show.

Alternately, there were some passages that were intensely repetitive in their phrasing. The action isn’t heavy – and focuses more on the mystery and people involved. The main character’s almost a side character as there’s a lot of people involved as they bounce around town and get introduced to the folks involved. There’s a lot of story being put into a very short timeframe. The read itself is easy.

Small town dramas are always hit or miss to me. This one wasn’t outright bad or terrible – but I felt detached when reading it. I can’t tell if it was me – or the content. Events kept right on moving. Details were revealed one after the other leading to new questions to ask – the plot didn’t sit still on any one point for too long.

Yet, the story didn’t draw me in like other small town secret stories I’d read. The town’s covered up scandals and how they were found fit perfectly, the action picks up near the end, but as much as I wanted to like the mystery – this didn’t work for me.

I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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