Sunday, May 21, 2017

Book Review of Roam by Erik Therme

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.


*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

This book was a little hard for me to read personally...and that is part of the reason I liked it so well. Roam takes on some tough plot lines, one being an abusive boyfriend. This is a dark book with rays of light in it. As someone who has made it out the other side of an abusive relationship, I felt Erik captured what it was like very well. Sarah is a good person who despite her flaws is trying her hardest to do the right thing. She realizes after three months of dating that her dream boyfriend is anything but a dream. The shortness of their relationship bothered me at first, but it also made me proud of Sarah for identify Matt's behavior and realizing it wasn't how she should be treated. 

Sarah isn't the only character we follow in Roam. Scotty has fallen on hard times and his actions and thoughts are hard to read sometimes. I was able to feel empathy for him but also was very cautious about what he was doing. Kevin, on the other hand, has his own demons he's faced and is on the brink of overcoming them. Together Sarah and Kevin realize they may just be what the other is looking for. I loved their romance as I felt it helped show Sarah the type of man she should be with. 

While this wasn't always an easy read for me because of my past, I would encourage readers to read it. There is mystery and suspense as well as great character development. I would rate it PG-13. This is a fast paced, mystery and tear-jerker novel that is well worth your time to read! 

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About the Author:

Erik 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 youngest daughter’s volleyball team or watching horror movies with his seventeen-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. Join Erik’s mailing list to be notified of new releases and author giveaways: