Its time for another Netgalley review, this time its The Lock In by Phoebe Luckhurst which is out tomorrow (22nd July)
The Lock In is mostly set over one day, or to be exact one consecutive period of time when a group of housemates (and one of the housemate’s date) becomes locked in the attic after the door handle breaks off. Did I mention that the house is also flooding due to a leaking pipe in the kitchen? With no signal and no access to WiFi the group try to come up with creative ways of getting help. However, in between their planning drama occurs and secrets are revealed which threaten to tear friendships apart.
The group of housemates, Jack, and best friends Alexa and Ellen make for a fascinating trio. You have the socially awkward but loveable, Jack. Then you have the best friends from uni, a friendship which has lasted many arguments and boyfriends, cities and university, but can it survive this next challenge? As the book progressed you learn more about each of the housemates from how Jack came to be living there to Ellen’s previous relationships. The more you read the more you start to relate to at least one of the characters as each one has their own unique traits.
I really enjoyed this novel, it was a wonderful, funny story and a perfect summer read. From the strict, rule setting landlord to the mysterious date, Ben who may have a secret or two to reveal we get to know these additional characters as the housemates reminisce and look back on past events.
As the majority of the book is set in an attic there isn’t much in the way of world creation but we are painted a picture of this small space from the boxes of wires to the corpse of a dead mouse which sets the scene for the dramas that follow.
Every chapter will either make your cringe with embarrassment for the characters, laugh (either at them or with them) or scream with frustration. However the laughter will definitely trump all else as this is a highly humorous tale of what happens when you trap a group of people in a small space for a long time.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a laugh-a-minute rom-com filled with drama, secrets, comedy and a bit of romance thrown in. I highly recommend this if you are a fan of romantic comedies.