Challenge prompt: A locked-in mystery
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 . . .
Welcome to The Lock In.
This is a hilarious story of housemates and hangovers and friendship and dating as four twenty-somethings discover what The Worst morning-after-the-night-before really looks like . . .
What I liked:
This is a hilarious debut novel, and one house-sharers will love and see themselves in. The relationship between the housemates is also really lovely, particularly between Ellen and Alexa who had already been close friends.
As someone who was a teenager in the 00s, the references to that decade – especially to MSN, the nudge sound still haunts me – were a wonderful nostalgia hit.
I loved this mystery, and I definitely didn’t expect how Ben and Ellen knew each other.
What I didn’t like:
I coudn’t understand why Jack didn’t use his phone to call for help, but instead to live Tweet the incident, but it was a really entertaining aspect of the book.
I listened to the audiobook of this, and one slight gripe I had was the character Alexa often woke my smart speaker. But, this won’t be an issue for every reader. it’s definitely something I would overlook if I re-read this in a physical copy.
Out of five:
Four. I really loved this debut, it’s got a lot of heart and humour in its pages.