ARC Review: The Lock In by Phoebe Luckhurst

Afternoon All,

What a gorgeous Sunday we have all been treated to. Hopefully lots of you are out and enjoying the sunshine. I have been out since this morning doing bits and bobs and it’s been lovely to feel some warmth on my skin. I don’t have anything planned for tomorrow so I’m hoping to get some time in the garden with a good book.

Book πŸ“–

Thank you to @MichaelJBooks and @phoebeluckhurst for this advanced audio copy of The Lock In in return for an honest review. The Lock in was published on 27th May 2021 and you can get a copy here.

Description πŸ”–

Housemates Ellen, Alexa and Jack are facing a crisis when the kitchen in their rented house is flooding. In an attempt to try and turn the water off, all three of them end up in the attic. Ben (Alexa’s date from the night before) comes to see if he can help them but accidentally ends up locking the four of them up in the attic.

Three of them are nursing hangovers whilst the other is trying to get everyone involved in a game of Risk. They’re in for the worst morning ever.

General Thoughts πŸ€”

Unfortunately, this book just wasn’t for me. I was hoping to be in stitches laughing, but other than the odd smirk here and there, I failed to see the comedy. There’s not really an awful lot that happens other than the group being stuck in the attic, trying to get out and then once they are out everything is just a bit bland. In all honesty, this plot could have been wrapped up in a short story with a few punchy comedic lines and it would have been great.

Characters πŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬

The only thing I could relate to with the characters was MSN (yes, I was part of that generation). Other than that, there really wasn’t much there between us. I thought that they lacked depth and therefore I couldn’t empathise, sympathise or find them funny.

Writing Style ✍️

There was opportunity in this story to make it so much more but it kind of felt like the author just skimmed the surface instead of developing the story into something far more interesting. This may be what some people enjoy in a book, but it unfortunately left me feeling bored and somewhat disappointed.

Conclusion & Scoring πŸŽ–οΈ

It’s not often that a book and I really don’t get along so I’m sad to say that this book and I really did not get along. I thought that it had the potential to be good but then it let me down. Hopefully there are other people that love this book and give it some love, but I’m sorry to say that I am not one of them.


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