Roam by Erik Therme was an interesting “read”. I was attracted to this book not by its blurb or other reviews, but due to the fact it was narrated by Joe Hempel. I love Joe’s narration style, and it lends itself to horror and suspense genres.
This is a short novel with a slow burn and intense characterisation. I didn’t find Sarah, the main character, likeable at all. She is indecisive, obstinately selfish, and her inner voice is in constant conflict. The thing is, it doesn’t detract from the story.
Erik Therme is a master of characterisation. Sarah’s constant self-doubt juxtaposes against the confidence of Matt, the insecurity of Kevin, and the insanity of Scott. I wanted to see where the story would lead and while the ending was perhaps formulaic and a little trite, I found this an enjoyable read with a flowing narrative and intensely-realistic characters. I’ll certainly seek out more of Erik Therme’s work (whether it’s narrated by Joe Hempel or not!)