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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  386 ratings  ·  123 reviews
2016 Kindle Scout Winner
The last thing Kaylee wants to do is participate in a childish scavenger hunt--especially inside the abandoned retirement home on the edge of town. When she finds a bruised, deaf boy hiding inside one of the rooms, she vows to lead him to safety . . . only to discover the front doors are now padlocked, and her friends are nowhere to be found. Kayl
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Kindle Press
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When the author approached me to see if this book might interest me, I looked at it and read the blurb. I realized I already had this book which I had purchased, so agreed to bring it forward for a review and my thoughts.

I tried all the way through to read this from the angle of a YA as its mostly pointed towards that age bracket.
After saying that, I think anyone can read this and enjoy it, remember, the YA has to be reflected in the book as to dialogue etc.

Keeping that in mind I read on. I fou
Dannii Elle
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror-hazes
This novel started quite weakly for me. The protagonist was initially viewed as spoiled and bratty, as were her friends, and their petty squabbles quickly bored me. I was expecting to be thrilled and terrified but instead I found myself eye-rolling to every other line of their angst-filled, bitchy and petty arguments. I also found the characters to be pretty weakly fabricated and found many inconsistencies in their creation. For example, there was a repeated usage of outdated language which was ...more
Linda Strong
The very last thing Kaylee wants to do is be part of a scavenger hunt with other girls she doesn't know all that well and especially because it takes place inside an abandoned retirement home.
It seems like all the girls are at odds with each other and they all separate to go in different directions. And then things get really scary .....

Someone has padlocked the front door so that none of them can leave. There are three floors of empty rooms... or are they?

Kaylee comes across a young boy in one
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Old deserted buildings hold a fascination for most people; those where people have died even more so.

I can quite see why Jamie, who in my opinion is a nasty manipulative little brat, used Resthaven, an abandoned rest home, as the scene for a scavenger hunt for some 'friends'. More than that I am not going to say, except that this is a fast paced, creepy read. I devoured it.

The author has portrayed the vindictive bitchiness, the emotional eruptions, the vacillating 'friendliness' of the teenage g
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Resthaven is a Kindle Scout Winner 2016. This is a great Young Adult novel that can easily please adults also.

The book is pretty much all go from the first page and is readable and engaging. The plot centralises on a group of teenagers who find themselves in an abandoned building where everything is not as it seems. They stumble upon various reveals and it's an adventure of courage, wits, strength and determination.

What happens inside Resthaven is nothing that any of them could predict. The dia
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it


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 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
Lynn Mccarthy
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a young adult novel but can easily be enjoyed by any ages.
Kaylee is new to the town with no friends so when she is invited to a birthday party her mother makes her go.
Anna a girl from her building is also going when she gets there she finds out that it is a scavenger hunt in an abandoned rest home called Resthaven.
James gives them a camera each and promises a $100 to the winner but james disappears shortly after and the door has been locked from the outside so nobody can get out.
J. Kahele
This was a book that really had me doing this a lot….
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This book plunged me back into my youth, when I was a young girl and afraid of the monsters under my bed. This book scared me so bad I had a nightmare last night.
Kaylee is an angry teen who is the new kid on the block when her mother moves her away to a new place. She is a forced to take part in a scavenger hunt with girls she doesn’t care for in an old abandoned retirement home. When the girls bicker as most teenager girls do, they part and
Cary Morton
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Resthaven by Erik Therme was not exactly what I was expecting when I opened the front cover, and yet, was everything it promised. A good old-fashioned YA Thriller set in a creepy, abandoned retirement home, the pages of Resthaven were filled with terrifying moments, a vivid atmosphere, and ever-present danger. The book was thrilling, scary, and engaging in a way that kept me reading as I devoured t
Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy
"I swallowed against my closed throat and inched closer. It was a closet, not much bigger than the bathroom, with two flashlights on the floor: one shining on a plastic dinosaur, the other on a stack of board game. Game pieces scattered everywhere like colored confetti. A shadow moved across the inside wall, and my breath came to a dead stop as a tiny hand-no bigger than a child's-lifted the dinosaur from the ground."......

This young adult thriller starts out with the new girl in town. Kaylee is
Terry  (TBC)
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook review
What a way to spend an evening! A mixed bunch of girls, mismatched but put together. They go on a scavenger hunt and things go from bad to worse. I don't know how they would put up with each other as such a different outlook & behaviours. But that's life & friendships!
Narrator did a good job. All girls were voiced differently, not easy! So was easy to know who was talking no matter where in the story.
Really enjoyed it.
Digital Book Freak
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Thriller, mystery and & young adult readers!
Review rating: 3.5 Stars.


The last thing Kaylee wants to do is participate in a childish scavenger hunt--especially inside the abandoned retirement home on the edge of town. When she finds a bruised, deaf boy hiding inside one of the rooms, she vows to lead him to safety.

Kaylee and her mom moved to a different town after her parent's separation. New to town, she gets invited to a fellow student's birthday party. When she arrives, there's already tension between the girls.

Birthday Girl, Jamie, th
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kaylee is new in town and doesn't really know anyone. Her mom wants her to make an effort to meet people so when Anna invites her to a friends house for a party, Kaylee reluctantly accepts. But when they get there, they realise it isn't a party, but actually a scavenger hunt in an old abandoned retirement home! What lurks inside the building??

I was looking forward to this as I enjoyed the authors first book, but was a little let down to be honest. It felt like it was missing something! It starte
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaylee is the new girl in town, and slightly miffed at being so. She has been uprooted due to her parents splitting up and is not too thrilled to have left her former life behind.
When Kaylee is invited by Anna, a girl in her building, to go to a gathering at a friends house her mom pretty much forces her to attend. When she finds out that this gathering is actually a scavenger hunt in an abandoned rest home she is less than impressed.
Jamie, a "mean girl type" rich girl passes out digital cam
Carole P. Roman
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rest Haven is the name of an abandoned nursing home where a bunch of teens go for a scavenger hunt. Like an episode of American Horror Story, this books reads like a television show, complete with all the appropriate cliched characters. Author Erik Therme has included then all there, from rich mean girl, to the assorted wannabes in her orbit, to a weird twin brother with a shady past.. While there are no chapters, it is a rush to the last page,. You know something is going to happen, you are not ...more
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Resthaven by Erik Therme is a mystery thriller novel that is gripping, and keeps the reader guessing. The author manages to expertly take on the voices and inner-mind workings of teenaged girls by depicting realistic dialogue, actions and body language. The story is filled with action, which is also well-written, and the writing is so descriptive the reader can almost place themselves inside the location and situation of the characters. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced psy ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a youth book. Great story overall. Not my typical genre so hard for me to give an great review considering I wouldn't normally read this type of book.
K.T. Katzmann
Apr 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Horror Fans

This scene happens at least three times in the book.

For transparency, I got a free copy of this for review purposes.

A group of girls head to an abandoned mental institution to entertain a horrible person with a scavenger hunt. Hijinks ensue, and I chomp at the bit for one of them to get knocked off. Then the lack of profanity tells me I'm reading YA, and I realize that the genre's survival rates are inordinately high.

Pity that. Let's run down the characters.

There's Anna. Oh, Anna.

Anna is one of
Gayle Pace
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, thriller

I read Mr. Therme's first book, Mortem and this being his second, I was anxious to read.If you like scary books, and I do, than don't let this one pass you by. Our main character, Kaylee is strong and smart. It seems she was especially created just for this story. She fits the part so well. Of course, there were other characters who were special in their own ways, some you will like and some you won't.Written as a YA book, it isn't just for Young Adults. This is a page turner and wit
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bunch of teenagers are forced together to do a scavenger hunt in an abandoned building. This book was supposed to be angst-ridden and suspenseful but it missed the mark for me. If it were a movie, I probably would have missed half of it because I would be hiding behind a pillow but a book is quite different. There were the same attempts to surprise us as in movies, but I didn’t feel the thrill or adrenaline pumping as they went back and forth (and back and forth again) between different rooms ...more
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is exactly the genre of book I love to read: creepy, scary, suspenseful non-stop action and adventure. There is indeed a lot of action, the author has a very fertile imagination and comes up with the most original and creative adventures possible for the heroine to face, as well as some unusual and most unexpected characters. In general I did enjoy this book. However, I got very confused at the beginning, where all the characters are introduced en masse and there was really nothing to disti ...more
Rosie Amber
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Resthaven is a YA suspense story. Kaylee is 15 and has recently moved house with her mother. With few friends she's invited by Anna to a girls night with a few people from school, but she is reluctant to go.

She meets Jamie a sharp tongued girl who enjoys making others feel uncomfortable. Jamie leaves Kaylee in the garden where she discovers Wren, a silent thoughtful girl who doesn't waste words on trivial chatter.

Anna and Sidney make up the last two girls in the party and Jamie leads them all to
E.D. Martin
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I, as a rational adult, were pressured to break into an abandoned nursing home in order to appear cool in front of my peers that I didn’t even really like, there’s a good chance I’d have a brief two word response and then I’d promptly leave. Same if I were pressured into having a scavenger hunt in that same creepy building.

The plot of Resthaven, however, revolves around teenagers doing teenage things – like breaking into said creepy nursing home. Once inside, either in order to look cool or s
Rose Griffith
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is YA, but because I have enjoyed Erik's two previous books, Mortom and Roam, I was happy to read and review this one (I received the book for free in exchange for an honest review).
Wow is not a very eloquent word for someone who loves words to use, but it spins off the top of my head as being appropriate. I can easily add, what a ride!
Erik’s novel of teenage girls was so spot on about what their behavior can be like that I’m guessing he has daughters, nieces, sisters and was probabl
Aaron Bunce
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My honest thoughts on Rest Haven, by Erik Therme.

Rest Haven is targeted at teens, that much is very clear. At its heart it is centered around a group of girls that decide to have a sleep over. It turns out, the sleep over is going to be a scavenger hunt in a creepy, abandoned nursing home. Uh, creepy. Knowing that, I was on board.

The writing is very concise and efficient, and the linear story moves along at a frantic pace. This is one of those books that is very easy to burn through in one or tw
Jess Hicks
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was chosen for a local book club I am a member of because we had read Eric's book "Mortom" last year, and everyone enjoyed it. Not to mention, he came to our book club and answered questions we had for him about his book and the process behind it! I was very much looking forward to reading Resthaven because of how much I liked Mortom!
I enjoyed this read as well- it was a little slow to start, the characters were bratty and annoying...almost unbelievably so. I didn't feel like there wa
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received an advanced copy of this novel via Amazon's Kindle Scout Program and I am very happy to know that this excellent story will be published soon.
If Mr. Therme ever invites you to a scavenger hunt, just say no and run away as fast as you can. As with his outstanding first novel, Mortom, there is one in Resthaven and it doesn't go as planned. I could not stop reading. The plot keeps surprising and throwing things at you. It is excellently written. The atmosphere it creates will make your
Iain Hart
This book had been patiently waiting in my queue for a while, it kept slipping out of view, but the wait has not been in vain.
I cannot decide which category to put this into, is it teen, young adult or adult? It can cover so many bases its just that kind of book.

I personally love abandoned buildings , wandering around wishing the walls could talk and what secrets they would reveal, but for these five friends a simple scavenger hunt in a building they think is abandoned turns into a fight for the
Melanie Lewis
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-books
I don't remember having anything like Resthaven to read as a YA. Mind you, that was probably a good job as I'd never had made it to OA as I'd have been frightened to death years before now! This is a really good read/listen. The teenage girls are appropriately revolting, but thankfully Kayleigh steps up when the situation calls for someone to be brave. Randi Larson does a good job with the narration. It must be extraordinarily difficult to provide voices for so many girls of the same age and to ...more
Charles Ray
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaylee, a 15-year old, is living in a new town with her mother. When her mom insists she attend a party with a local rich girl, she doesn’t want to go, but is left with no choice. When the girl, a snotty bully, insists on having a scavenger hunt in Resthaven, a derelict rest home bordering her property, Kaylee is even more depressed. Inside the abandoned building, Kaylee discovers a bruised, deaf boy and a violent old man, and then the heat gets turned up when Jamie, the bully, locks her and her ...more
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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 on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his oldest. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. Join Erik’s mailing list ...more
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