The Lock In

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Pub Date 22 Jul 2021 | Archive Date Not set

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'Entertaining, endearing, and truly unique. Found myself wincing and laughing with familiarity' EMMA GANNON

'Hilarious' Evening Standard, 'Best New Books in 2021'

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?

The Lock In is a hilarious story of housemates and hangovers and friendship and dating as Ellen, Alexa, Jack and Ben discover what The Worst morning-after-the-night-before really looks like . . .



'Entertaining, endearing, and truly unique. Found myself wincing and laughing with familiarity' EMMA GANNON


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What a fun read!

Ellen and her best friend Alexa have lived together for the best part of 10 years.
Currently living in a London house share with new comer Jack, the housemates live in fear of Elias, their rude, arrogant and frankly, scary landlord!

One Saturday morning, Ellen awakes with a hangover to find their kitchen is filling with water at an alarming rate and panicked, she alerts the household and they find themselves searching for the stop tap.

Finding themselves in the attic, the three housemates are about to give up and face the warth of Elias when Alexa’s ‘hinge’ date, Ben walks in, accidentally breaks the door and locks them all in the attic!

This story was a light, entertaining read. The little back story plots really added to the tension of the attic and I really warmed to the shy and awkward character of Jack!

I’d love to see a Ben and Alexa follow up story, as I feel I could have read so much more about these

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Starting to read: How on earth can you write a whole book around a lock-in that lasted only a few hours?

Turning the last page: aha - that's how.

A terrific read - thoroughly enjoyed

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A flat and a landlord from hell is a fabulously fresh predicament to find flatmates in, that is full of warmth of friendship and is laugh-out-loud funny!
A dead mouse and flooding flat due to a sink issue is what Ellen, Alexa, Jack and Ben have to deal with in the morning and then matters go from bad to worse and they end up locked in as a door handle falls off. It's like a comedy of flat errors. One one hand you can't help but feel sorry for the characters and on the other-hand because of the way it is skillfully written, it's all rather funny. There's also a lesson in there to always have your phone on you and with a high amount of battery charge... They find themselves desperate, which makes it more funny as they try to come up with a plan as to how to get out.

The night before the flatmates are locked in, there is romance in the air and all, right down to the furniture, captures 20-somethings flat-sharing very well. The format of each chapter being named after a character is great as readers get to see their point of views and into their lives, before being locked-in together and during that time.
It is by and large a highly entertaining read that, as it goes on, you can't help but read on and on, quite wide-eyed at some of it, wondering what can possibly be coming next and how on earth they are going to get out and when. The twists and turns and lengths the flatmates go to is laugh out loud funny.
What is also fun is, not just getting to know the characters, but some of the conversations that go on when locked in.

It's perfect for reading with, perhaps a glass of wine or a cup of tea, curled up on the sofa or in the bath after a busy day and you just need some pure escapism.

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This is such a fun read, enjoyable and if we are lucky this summer then the perfect “ beach read” . Likeable characters in an unusual situation set it apart from the usual romcom books.
Highly recommend and thank you for the opportunity to read this book.

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