Hi everyone!! Another very busy week for me but I’m here on my stop of the blog tour for The Lock In by Phoebe Luckhurst! Thank you to the author and the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review and a stop on the blog tour. Let’s get into it!
Ellen and Alexa have survived hangovers, dodgy landlords and most of their twenties together.
But can they survive this?
One Saturday morning, while nursing The Hangover from Hell, a flooded kitchen leads best mates Ellen and Alexa, and hapless housemate Jack, into their attic to turn off the water supply.
But when Ben – Alexa’s date from the night before – walks in, the door slams, the handle breaks and all four of them are trapped.
Cue The Worst morning-after-the-night before.
As the hours tick by, Ellen nurses her sore head and watches as her best friend falls for this handsome stranger.
Only for a horrifying realisation to hit. She is sure she knows Ben from somewhere.
Frantically searching her memories, Ellen tries to piece together exactly how they’ve met before.
When a distant memory finally comes to her, she desperately wonders: could Ben really be who she thinks he is . . .
And more importantly, what on earth is she going to do about it . . .
I always love a good rom-com and The Lock In was the perfect book to read after having such a busy week and being in a bit of a reading slump. There are a lot of relatable parts to this book such as the characters and the nostalgia. It was very easy to get into and it’s great if you love a mix of friendships and romance aspects
To say this book is mainly set in one room, the attic, it is very fun and easy to follow Ellen, Alexa, Jack and Ben’s predicament of getting locked in there. That’s not even most of it. With no signal or wifi, the kitchen quickly flooding and potentially spreading across the bottom floor, Ellen’s teenage drama being brought up and Jack going viral on Twitter due to the weakest bit of internet he can find, there are definitely a lot of emotions running about. It’s this amount of anxious tension and drama that makes you want to read on.
I’m a big fan of multiple POV as well so it was really nice to read about all the characters thoughts and feelings going through the same thing. It was nice to have a bit of nostalgia with the flashbacks to 2009. It was easier to connect with the book especially because of the references to MSN, I used to live there after school.
I wasn’t a fan of Ellen, Alexa or Jack to begin with. Nothing in their characters really stood out to me. That was until the drama started to arise and their humour and personality started to come through more. They ended up being really relatable, even though we saw both their good and bad sides, they were enjoyable characters. I really loved Jack’s character and his secret tweeting, it just felt very mischievous and his tweets would be something I liked if I saw them on Twitter!
Overall, The Lock In, is an easy and fun read with plenty of funny moments and constant drama! There isn’t anything too exciting that happens it in but it is a great book if you are looking for something entertaining and need a simple story to follow after a long day.
Out July 2021: Preorder here (affiliate link): Amazon UK
About the Author
Phoebe Luckhurst was born in London and brought up in Glasgow. She is the Features Editor of the Evening Standard and appears regularly on their podcast, The Leader. She has written for the Guardian, Sunday Times Style, ELLE, ES Magazine, Grazia, The Telegraph and Vogue. She has had the theme tune to The OC stuck in her head since 2003 and once almost spent her student loan on a micro-pig. She no longer shops online when drunk.