by Erik Therme

 I received these books for free from the author in exchange for honest reviews. What a treat!


Erik Therme’s writing is very well done. It’s very clear that he has done the hard work of editing and is smart enough to work with an editor.

I got involved in the story immediately. Sarah, Kevin and Scotty are compelling as they go through their difficult journeys and decide what to share with each other and what to hold back.

I wanted more of the story because Sarah and Kevin, even more than Scotty. Such as what might come next, what was more of the background of their stories—in other words, I think there could be a next story!

While this novel may be intended for the YA market and many readers in that age group would be drawn to this story with its various things that they could connect to, I also think that adults can read it and remember when.


This is the second novel I’ve read by Erik Therme, the first was, “ROAM,” which was also well-written with characters who are flawed and likable and not so likable. Pretty much like most of us.

The story centers around Andy with a primary part being played by his sister Kate. Their cousin dies and leaves Andy his home and belongings, provided he can solve a puzzle by the end of the week. As children, they shared a joy of puzzles, so at first Andy thinks the game will be fun.

While some authors with the typical cast of small town locals—the eccentric old lady, smart youthful teen, wise garage/store owner, Therme is able to give them each a twist on the usual so that you don’t feel you’re reading pat characterizations. One character conveys a lot in a short paragraph as Erik describes him beating with a shovel on the grave of the recently deceased cousin.

Although there is a small cast, the speed of the storyline makes you think there are more of them.

Things quickly become complicated and Kate tries repeatedly to end the game, but Andy’s single-mindedness continues to drive him forward. The story escalates and gets added to in a believable way with the resolution coming in strong.

As with ROAM, it’s clear that Erik pays attention to the craft of writing and works with a strong editor. You won’t find inconsistent voices or grammatical errors.

Want a speedy read with a thrill or two? Pick up Mortom.


This book is YA, but because I have enjoyed Erik’s two previous books, Mortom and Roam, I was happy to read and review this one.

Wow is not a very eloquent word for someone who loves words to use, but it spins off the top of my head as being appropriate. I can easily add, what a ride!

 Erik’s novel of teenage girls was so spot on about what their behavior can be like that I’m guessing he has daughters, nieces, sisters and was probably channelling someone in order to write them so clearly. Not that I want to detract from his imagination. Because right when you think, oh this is going to happen … guess what? It doesn’t.

 The characters are memorable and even with a cast of five girls, you remembered who was who from words, tone and body language description.

This is not a scary book—you might infer that from the title of my review. But it is one with an incredible pace and because the story moves to quickly, you have anxiety about getting to the next scene and through the next scene and finally breathing at the end of it all. So don’t read when you want to relax.

Erik’s writing was great from the first book and just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to see how he keeps moving forward. 

Keep Her Close

Every chapter is a twist.

This is the fourth Erik Therme novel I’ve devoured and they’ve all been good–well-written, well-edited, great stories. But Keep Her Close was a constant guessing game! The characters are real and developed, it’s easy to step into each of their shoes as the point of view changes from chapter to chapter. 

For parents Holly and Dan, letting daughter Ally move out on her own was difficult enough. But someone claiming to be her birth father pops into the picture and what will happen next? 

Just as I thought I knew what might happen with the story line, it went an entirely different direction. The story weaves along that train for a while and I thought I figured out where it might be going, only to get another huge twist. 

For any youth venturing out on your own, read this book and be wary of what you think you know at the brilliant age of 18. Guess what? You don’t. For parents–well, don’t read it, you already have enough to worry about with your kids out in the world! How do you do it?