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Book Review: The Lock in by Phoebe Luckhurst

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I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and Penguin (Michael Joseph) in exchange for an honest review.

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Description

Meet housemates Ellen, Alexa and Jack. They’re broke. They’re lonely. They’re hungover. And things are about to go from bad to worse . . .

After Ellen wakes to discover the kitchen is flooded, she, Alexa and Jack scramble into the attic to turn off the water.

Cue Ben, Alexa’s date, stumbling in, the door slamming, the handle breaking – and all four finding themselves trapped.

While waiting to be rescued they begin to ask themselves where their lives went wrong . . .

As Ellen’s hangover deepens she worries last night’s drunken antics might have got her fired.

Can hapless Jack, the wonky vegetable company’s newest employee, stop discussing crooked carrots long enough to help?

Meanwhile, Alexa wonders whether her date Ben might just be a keeper – if only Ellen would stop giving him strange looks . . .

Will these housemates ever get out of this attic? Is adulthood really just one disaster after another? And will Jack please stop live-tweeting this whole fiasco?

My Thoughts

Whilst being locked in somewhere with no clear indication of how to get out is one of my fears, this forms the premise of Phoebe Luckhurst’s debut novel The Lock In.

As if things aren’t already bad for Ellen — she’s hungover after all —- things take a turn when she, along with her two flat mates and one of their dates, is stuck in the attic.

This book was an absolute joy. There were little funny bits in amongst the anxiety induced by being locked in and I loved the idea of live tweets going viral (we’d all like to think we’re practical in situations like this but I know for certain I’d be in the corner live Tweeting, too!).

I also really liked the sub-plot. I had a feeling there’d be a bit of drama mixed in but I had no idea that it’d focus on a mishap involving MSN. I did predict what the scenario would be, but I think it added to my enjoyment of this story regardless.

This is by no means a groundbreaking romance as I assumed it would be. Instead, it’s a funny story about people coming together, reliving teenage crushes and dealing with shitty landlords — something for everyone 😂.

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