“Mortom: population 986. On the outskirts of town, 33-year-old Craig Moore is found drowned in the lake. A loner and town eccentric, few attend the funeral.
One week later Andy Crowl arrives in Mortom, still stunned by his cousin’s death and equally confused why everything was left to him. The two hadn’t spoken in years and shared little outside of fierce childhood competition.
But Craig hardly did him a favor. The estate amounts to little more than a drained bank account and a property overridden with junk. When Andy finds a dead rat under the refrigerator with a key in its mouth, he thinks it’s some sort of sick joke. Then he finds the letter left by Craig, written two days before his death … detailing the rules of “the game.”
I absolutely loved this, a good old mystery thriller, not so much a who dunnit, but a why’d they do it.
The main characters of this twisty tale are Andy and his sister Kate, both well written and well rounded, I could believe they were actual people.
I am a big fan of geocaching (see link below for more info) so I love a good treasure hunt, and this one was one you would not forget for a long time. I loved the cryptic clues that made up the hunt, I enjoyed the way Andy didn’t just solve it straight away, it was all very well paced.
The descriptions of the house, the town and the various clues and location’s were all written as if a photograph was being held up in front of your eyes. I could often close my eyes and picture Andy’s surroundings vividly.
Even the minor characters who appeared sporadically fleshed out the story and added to the mystery and suspense.
The narrator for this twisty treasure hunt is Christopher Lane, he did an excellent job and kept the story ticking along with the right amount of emotion and pace.
If you want a classic mystery with a treasure hunt then I can’t recommend this enough. I enjoyed everything about it.
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