Book Review: The Lock In by Phoebe Luckhurst

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 . . .

Whilst nursing The Hangover from Hell, Ellen stumbles downstairs to discover the kitchen slowly filling with water.

Panic quickly sets in, and the three flatmates find themselves in the attic desperately attempting to switch off the water supply. But when Ben, Alexa’s Hinge date from the night before, walks in, the door slams, the handle breaks, and all four of them are trapped.

As the long hours tick by, Ellen nurses her sore head whilst Ben and Alexa really get to know each other, and Jack plans an unorthodox rescue mission.

But soon Ellen wonders if Ben really is a stranger after all. She is sure she knows him from somewhere . . .

Will these housemates ever get out of this attic? Will they survive the wrath of Elias The Evil Landlord? And will Jack please stop live-tweeting this whole fiasco?

Welcome to The Lock In.

This was a light, quick read. The plot was fairly farcical and like a lot of that genre required a bit of suspension of belief to get our intrepid characters into the situation where they are locked in the attic together. Having said that, that’s OK, I don’t mind taking the set up not-to-seriously sometimes.

Of all our four main characters I had a real soft spot for the socially awkward but quite lovely Jack. In some ways he was even a little underused, I felt he could have managed a few more tweets so we got to see a bit more of his true personality shine.

Of all the housemates Alexa was the only one who actually felt the age they were supposed to be, the others all came across as younger despite them talking about using MSN as teenagers (who else remembers doing that, I feel old!)

This was fun to read, if a little mixed in places. The scenes where they were desperately shouting out the window were brilliant and their eventual rescue had me grinning. There were moments though where it felt like opportunities had been lost to add in more humour or drive things forward a little.

I think the blurb is a little off for this book as well. It makes it sound like there is something more going on that what actually is and therefore it sounds more action packed that what you actually get.

Worth picking up for a little bit of escapism but its a firm middle of the road read for me.

With thanks to Michael Joseph Books and Netgalley for a digital copy in exchange for honest review.

The Lock In will be available 22 July 2021