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Lock the Doors

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Despite the author's efforts to put doubts in reader's minds about whether Tom's own trauma was leading him to see monsters where none existed, I almost never expected anything other than the revelation of a giant secret on the part of Amy and/or her family. It was more of a question of what was being hidden, and each detail that was revealed ruined my past theories. I finally ended up with a reasonably decent idea that almost fit all of the clues - it turns out that I was partly right, but things were more messed up than even I guessed.

I really love the family dynamics of a blended family, step-siblings relation. The way everyone tries to bond to each other without forcing anything. The friendship between Zach and Tom was also refreshing and portrayed beautifully.

It is that we as readers get to hear that Tom is really 16, but otherwise I wouldn’t have believed it. If you compare it to other peeps around him who are the same age, or even 1 or 2 years old he just stands out. I felt like he, and also his friend, were more like 13-14. The way he talked/did things. Plus, again, while I understood his obsession with Amy and her secret, it just went too far. Too the point that I just couldn’t believe this was a 16 year old. I have been obsessed with things, I confess, but that was when I was younger. This is a very basic YA novel. Bizarre things that could never happen in real life, bizarre things that aren't even faintly plausible. The chapters are very short, but it didn't propel me to keep reading, in this instance it just made the book seem so much longer. i did like how fast paced this was though. after reading vicious + vengeful, i really wanted an easy read and that’s exactly what this gave me. short chapters, simple writing, u get the idea.

Access-restricted-item true Addeddate 2023-03-16 06:28:04 Autocrop_version 0.0.14_books-20220331-0.2 Bookplateleaf 0010 Boxid IA40879711 Camera USB PTP Class Camera Collection_set printdisabled External-identifier Mum says most memories are Post-its on the fridge door of your life. But a few, she says, are tattoos on your soul." Alongside the suspense the author has also created some pretty creepy situations and frightening characters who aren’t your typical ‘villains’ but at the same time turn out to be far more frightening and dangerous. There are also the contrasts that keep standing out between Tom’s unhappy past, his present when things seem to be normalising even though this has its obstacles as well, and then again the mystery that the house is throwing up, unsettling things for him again. I see this is an old thread but while watching a repeat of the movie The Martian, we again wondered about this phrase so, finally, I Googled it.The book itself could have been much shorter. At times it just felt so dragged out and at times I wondered if it would ever get to the point of finding out what was going on. I think if we shorten the Amy chapters, remove a few bits and boops here, I think it would have been a much stronger book. Much more exciting. Much more WOW what is happening.

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