by Erik Therme



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692655207
Publisher: Erik Therme
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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 oldest daughter's volleyball team, or chilling on the PlayStation 3 with his twelve-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. Visit him at

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Resthaven 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Resthaven by Erik Therme is one that before you open it up be sure your seatbelt is on nice and tight. Once you begin to read it, you'll find those pages begin to turn and turn and turn some more. As you read, you'll feel yourself being drawn in and becoming part of the story. It is fast paced, catches and keeps your attention and has a few twists and turns thrown in for good measure. Jamie sets up a scavenger hunt in a deserted nursing home for a few friends. But, it's a scavenger hunt that goes wrong. Weird things begin to happen and one of the girls finds a deaf boy inside. Will she be able to find a way out with him? Who is that man that is threatening her? This is a must read. It would look good on your bookshelf. It would also make a great gift anytime of the year. I gave it 5 stars but wish I could give it more. I highly recommend it to everyone and now I'm waiting for another out of the ballpark hit from Erik Therme.
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
Author Erik Therme has been In the Spotlight twice here at Second Run Reviews and this is the first novel I’ve read by him. Resthaven is a young adult thriller novel and is told in an unique fashion. Like binge watching your favorite series on Netflix, Resthaven is a single narrative told over the course of one thrilling night in an abandoned rest home. There are no chapters and few breaks in the story. The way the novel is constructed lends itself to a reading it in a single sitting rather than in short doses over several days. This was by far my favorite thing about Resthaven. Resthaven fell short for me on two points though. 1. The characters. I did identify with Kaylee, but her connection to the other girls in the story left me feeling flat. The tension between her and the other girls, which is the main reason for them being at the rest home, was not strong enough. I didn’t feel the animosity between the girls and so their driving need to initial escape the situation wasn’t as compelling or strong. The girls had to be in physical danger before their need to escape made me feel anxious. 2. The rest home. I will admit that when it comes to “seeing” myself in a location and “walking” around it in my imagination, my skills are seriously lacking. As a result, I got more turned around and lost in Resthaven than the characters. And since the location plays an important part in the telling of this story, when the characters were not standing still, I was lost. Resthaven is a new adventure in binge reading. Geared towards young adults, anyone looking for a unique approach to the thriller genre may appreciate Therme’s Resthaven.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Paul W. West for Readers' Favorite Resthaven by Erik Therme begins when Kaylee, a new girl in town, is forced by her mother to attend a classmate's birthday. She doesn't want to be there, and it's rather obvious the other girls don't want her there either. Jamie, a spoiled brat of a teenager, has her own issues, expecting everyone to love her while she treats all her "friends," if you could call them that, like dirt. Jamie organizes a treasure hunt in an old abandoned rest home known as Resthaven. No one wants to go into the old building, but through the use of peer pressure, Jamie gets everyone to participate, but everyone has to be alone. Mr. Therme then follows Kaylee's experiences which quickly go bad. Every room is like a computer game, some are more or less empty, some have items that could help in the case of an emergency, and still others have clear danger. Then, someone shuts the main doors and locks them so no one can get out. As Kaylee struggles to find a way out, she is met by a cur dog, an old man who appears to want to kill her, and a little deaf boy. With some masterful writing, Mr. Therme weaves these issues through twists that threaten Kaylee's efforts to find a way out of the old abandoned building safely. Mr. Therme is a talented writer. Honestly, I had a difficult time putting this book down. It had me gripped from the first page to the end. I truly enjoyed reading Resthaven. It kept me glued and I couldn't put it down until I found out what happened to everyone. Mr. Therme has a good handle on the English language and his prose and dialogs read true. I won't give a spoiler, but the end is anything but what you would expect. Well done, in my estimation.
Epic_Book_Quest More than 1 year ago
(review via Forced by her mother to spend the day with other girls her age, Kaylee has no idea that she’s about to walk into the biggest nightmare of her life. After her parents split up and she’s moved to a new town, the last thing 15 year old Kaylee wants to do is spend the day with a group of girls she hardly knows. When one of them suggests a scavenger hunt in an abandoned retirement home, she’s not sure what to expect. Certainly not to find a bruised, deaf boy alone in one of the rooms. Or that they’ve been padlocked inside… Creepy abandoned building? Check. Shifty characters that might be harboring dark secrets? Check. A shocking discovery that leads them in a race for their lives? Double-check. Though technically a YA thriller, Resthaven is classic psychological horror at it’s best- one that will have you on the edge of your seat as you race to finish the book. Those who loved Therme’s previous novel MORTOM will not be disappointed with this fast-paced, heart-pounding read. Twists abound as young Kaylee uncovers layer by layer the mysteries surrounding her new friends, and what exactly has been going on in the eerie, abandoned retirement home called Resthaven. A fresh, gripping story with a surprising twist that makes it all but impossible to put down- highly recommended! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Kaylee is invited to a party she's not too thrilled about. Then she is dragged to a scavenger hunt in an abandoned retirement home. The night gets worse when her and her friends are locked inside. This book was good and kept me reading, but the formatting made it hard to stop or take a break. It had no page breaks and wasn't split into chapters.  I did enjoy it though. It was filled with action and gave a definite chill down the spine. The boy she finds brings a sense of fright and hope and Kaylee does everything in her power to help him. The book did end with what I see as a cliffhanger so I don't know if there will be another book or if the ending was just left up to the imagination of the reader. Either way it was good....Stormi
LittleMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
This is Erik Therme's second book, it's also the second one that I have read. Therme contacted me about a month ago requesting a read review and I hesitated for one reason ... I don't read scary books. Ever. But I went ahead and took a chance with Resthaven and boy, am I glad that I did! I really enjoyed the main character, Kaylee. She's such a strong, moral and intelligent character. I found myself wishing that I was like that when I was her age. She's so self confident and a wonderful character for young readers to look up to. Kaylee was a perfectly created main character for this story. I couldn't imagine the book without her. There were a handful of secondary characters that were just as strong in their own ways but not always was the strength in a trait that people would be proud of. The differences between the characters and the depth of each, took the book to a different level ... it heightened the story in a way that can only be accomplished with beautifully created characters. This is a Young Adult book. Nothing wrong with that but I've never read a YA suspense novel and I mistakenly thought that it would be less suspenseful because of the genre and I was totally wrong. It's full of suspense with tons of plot twists that I never saw coming. Resthaven is an incredibly entertaining journey that you're taken on and with each turn of the page, you're never sure which direction the story is going to take. Sitting down to read this reminded me a little bit of my Goosebumps days when that is all that I would read. This is definitely a good book. One I would recommend to our 13-yo who is a book-hater (GASP! I know) and I think that it would keep his attention. Therme just gets better with each subsequent novel and it's fun to experience that kind of growth in an author. I'm excited to see what comes next because he knocked this one out of the park. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
ToddSimpson More than 1 year ago
This is an Excellent and fast paced Thriller. I could tell just by looking at the cover and reading the Introduction that I was going to enjoy this book. It’s certainly is a Thriller in every sense of the word. Erik Therme has done a superb job in writing a story that I found myself reading faster and faster, and I really didn’t know what was going to happen from one moment to the next. Kaylee is new to town, and her mum talks her into going out with Anna to make new friends. They end up being talked into a scavenger hunt by Jamie, in a condemned and abandoned retirement home. If they knew the danger they were going to face, then the girls definitely wouldn’t have gone in there. What starts out as a bit of fun, turns nasty pretty quick. They encounter a dog that want’s to eat them, and a very large man that’s not happy finding them. All this is done in the dark with torches. Kaylee is quite surprised to find a little deaf boy in there, dressed up and playing in the dark. This was such an easy and enjoyable book to read. I’ll certainly be adding Erik Therme to my Authors to watch out for.