The Lock In by Phoebe Luckhurst

Thank you to Sriya at Michael Joseph Books for the invite to join the blog tour and a proof copy to read and review.


Ellen and Alexa have survived hangovers, dodgy landlords and most of their twenties together.

But can they survive this?

One Saturday morning a flooded kitchen leads best friends Ellen and Alexa into their attic.

But when Ben – Alexa’s date from the night before – walks in, the handle breaks, and all are trapped.

While Ellen nurses her hangover, she watches her best friend fall for this gorgeous stranger.

Only to come to the horrifying realisation that she knows him from somewhere.

Frantically searching her memories, Ellen wonders: is Ben really who she thinks he is?

And more importantly, what on earth is she going to do about it . . . ?

My thoughts:

This was an enjoyable read on a hot and sunny weekend in the UK, and in normal years, I would have been recommending this as a perfect book for a fun, relaxing read on a sun lounger by the pool on your summer holiday. However, this year it is one of my staycation suggestions instead.

I did feel old at times when reading the book, as I have no recollection of what MSN messenger was and have never used internet dating, but I do remember living in shared houses owned by slightly dodgy landlords. Thankfully I was never locked in the loft with my housemates and a dead mouse whilst the kitchen and other downstairs rooms filled with water from a faulty pipe.

This is a fun read, as the three housemates and one new boyfriend, try to escape but discover old secrets and new skills whilst trapped. Happy to recommend to readers of my blog looking for a book to make them smile and/or laugh out loud. An excellent debut novel and I’m looking forward to reading more by Phoebe Luckhurst in the future.

Author Bio:

Phoebe Luckhurst is a journalist and author, who has written for publications including the Evening Standard, ES Magazine, ELLE, Grazia, Sunday Times Style, Guardian, Telegraph and Grazia. The Lock In is her first novel, and she is currently writing her second.


By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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