#BookReview THE LOCK IN by PHOEBE LUCKHURST #TheLockIn @phoebeluckhurst @Lucyfhall @michaeljbooks



‘Entertaining, endearing, and truly unique. Found myself wincing and laughing with familiarity’ 

‘Hilarious’ Evening Standard, ‘Best New Books in 2021’

‘Funny and compelling from page one and so well written. Officially a huge fan of Phoebe Luckhurst!’ LUCY VINE

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 . . .

Fans of Dolly Alderton, Beth O’Leary and Mhairi McFarlane will LOVE this oh-so relatable tale of love, landlords and what can happen behind locked doors





This was a fabulous, funny farce! The perfect Summer read and has now got me thinking I might have to leave a pack of essential supplies in the loft…. just in case!!

It’s the story of a group of friends who end up getting locked in the attic after a disastrous morning!! Ellen, Alexa and Jack are friends and housemates, and they’re joined by Ben who had spent the night with Alexa…. there may be some hangovers in play too!! When the kitchen floods it is panic stations as to how to stop the water and, to avoid calling their nightmare landlord, they try and fix the problem themselves with disastrous consequences!!

There’s no better way to get to know people than in being in close contact with each other, so when they’re all trapped up in the attic all they can do is talk and try and figure out ways to break out! It’s hilarious to watch them trying to come up with new schemes and I loved the use of social media – both new and old forms! Brought back many memories of MSN messenger chat!! As time ticks by, they discover shared pasts, Twitter posts go viral, and a few squabbles break out!

I blasted through this book as it was just so much fun! It made me laugh out loud many a time and there needs to be more books in the world that make you smile!!


my thanks to Lucy of Penguin books for the advanced copy in return for a fair and honest review

#BookReview BECAUSE OF YOU by DAWN FRENCH #BecauseOfYou


Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock . . . midnight.

The old millennium turns into the new.

In the same hospital, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters.

Hope leaves with a beautiful baby girl.

Anna leaves with empty arms.

Seventeen years later, the gods who keep watch over broken-hearted mothers wreak mighty revenge, and the truth starts rolling, terrible and deep, toward them all.

The power of mother-love will be tested to its limits.

Perhaps beyond . . .







Dawn French is back with a story that really has you exploring the human emotions and contrasts in experiences. There’s laughter and tears and you can’t help but get involved in the story as it unfolds as it’s one of those that pushes all your buttons as a human! What if it was you? How would you feel?

This is the story of 2 women with 2 different pregnancy experiences! From the joy of birth, to the despair of a stillbirth – how do you carry on when you have to leave the hospital without your baby?

The story did feel a little ‘soap opera’ at times with certain things feeling a little too sugar coated and conveniently resolved, but it still made for a quick read as you just wanted to keep reading on to see where the story would take you and how the emotions that these women went through would take their toll over the years.

It’s difficult to say much more without spoilers, but it’s a fascinating look over a number of years at how life panned out for these two families – from the frustrations, the desperation, the highs and lows.


My thanks to Hanifa at Penguin Michael Joseph for the advanced reader copy in return for a fair and honest review.