Andy and his cousin, Craig, weren’t particularly close, so when Craig dies, Andy is surprised to find Craig has named him the sole beneficiary in his will. It’s not much — only an old house and an empty bank account.
When Andy arrives at Craig’s house in the small town of Mortom, he quickly discovers there is more to his cousin’s death and Andy’s inheritance. Craig has constructed an elaborate game, a treasure hunt of sorts, and it doesn’t take long for Andy to be completely obsessed with figuring it out.
Something’s rotten in Mortom. And this dead man’s game might not be all that Andy is doomed to lose.
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
‘Mortom’ is an intriguing read with excellent pacing. It’s easy to get drawn into Craig’s game, and needing to know the prize at the end keeps you turning pages.
Andy is an unlikable character in almost every way. The way he talks to his sister is nearly shocking at times, and he has no regard for anyone else’s needs but his own. He’s a bully, really. The relationship between Andy and Kate is disheartening at best and confusing at worst. They barely have any civil times between them through the whole book, so why did she even agree to go to Mortom with him in the first place? Clearly, his grating self-centeredness is not a new development in his personality.
It became clear to me early on what sort of prize lay for Andy at the end of the game but, despite it, I still continued to read. Not for Andy’s story so much, but to discover more about the tertiary characters and where they would end up.
This isn’t a super-thrilling thriller, but it doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth either. If you’re looking for a quick weekend read with a unique plot, pick this up.