Book Review: Roam by Erik Therme

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Three strangers, each searching for something out of reach.

Sarah Cate, celebrating her twenty-first birthday, is pushed over the edge after car trouble strands her in the middle of nowhere with an angry, unstable boyfriend.

Kevin Reed, a troubled adolescent abused by a loveless father, roams the night in his black Camaro, looking to pay forward one of the few acts of kindness he’s ever received.

Scotty Mason, plagued by profound guilt and completely detached from his world, is haunted by the unshakable fear that something inside him is dangerously broken and cannot be fixed.

When their lives intersect in an unsavory hotel with a bloody history, all three will struggle to exorcise their personal demons, unaware that a bigger threat is looming . . . and waiting for the right moment to strike.

Like Joshua Gaylord and Daniel Kraus before him, author Erik Therme explores the angst of disconnected youth in his enthralling and powerful Roam. Therme’s darkly tinged novel is an unforgettable tale of three errant souls brutalized by life’s cruel circumstances, and a remarkable night of discovery and violence that will change them forever.

 

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My Review

I received a free e-copy of this book from the author and I chose to review it. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read and enjoyed Resthaven and Mortom by Erik Therme so I was happy to read this book and it is my favorite of his so far.

Roam is about just one night and that’s how long it took me to read it because I couldn’t put it down. In that one night, Sarah and Kevin meet, face obstacles and danger, and realize that they like each other. They also share their stories and get to know one another better than some people get to know each other over a long period of time.

The characters in Roam are complex and none of them have an easy life. There is no gray area with most of these people, though. I either liked them or not. Sarah and Kevin are far from perfect but I couldn’t help liking both of them and hoping that they would not only get through the night, but would end up together. Scotty is the only one that I didn’t really like or dislike. I just felt sorry for the poor guy.

I definitely recommend Roam for young adults and adults alike, especially if you like a book full of suspense.

 

 

About the Author

2017-02-28_15-00-41Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader.

When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his oldest daughter’s volleyball team, or chilling on the PlayStation 4 with his thirteen-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only seven places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.

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Book Review: Mortom by Erik Therme

20755278Title: Mortom

Author: Erik Therme

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Publication Date: February 6, 2014

About the Book

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.

 

My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Mortom is an interesting read. I liked the book even though I didn’t care much for the characters, which is unusual.

Erik Therme has a good writing style and the story flowed well. It was a quick read even though there was a lot going on.

I think the main reason I didn’t care for the main characters, Andy and Kate, is because all they did was fight and they wouldn’t listen to each other. I know from experience that siblings fight, but they usually grow out of it. I did feel sorry for them at times, and it was obvious that they loved each other even though they fought all the time. Perhaps it was just the stressful situation that they were in.

Mortom is full of suspense and drama and it has some interesting twists. If you like a suspenseful mystery, this is a good one.

Buy it on Amazon or Sleepygirl’s Used Books.
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About the Author

7831573Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader.

When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his oldest daughter’s volleyball team, or chilling on the PlayStation 3 with his eleven-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only seven places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.