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2023 Book Review: The Locked Door

by Freida McFadden

A Mystery/Thriller, 2021 by Hollywood Upstairs Press, 313 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Some inconsistencies in the story (little things like “we hardly ever see him” followed up by lots of things he regularly says, which implies you see him enough to hear his common phrases). 
  • Repetitive. A lot of the scenes repeat, probably to show the “normalcy” in the main characters routines, but it does get old quickly. 
  • Surprise fat shaming. It snuck in with the main character for a bit but then it slams into you with a different character later. It wasn’t in a lot of scenes but when it appeared it was really disgusting. 

What I Did Like:

  • Has a dark, secrets-are-being-kept here vibe right from the start. I do like that because it makes me want to keep reading to know what’s going on. 
  • The balance between respect for the MCs father and the PTSD for what he put their family through is well written. There are parts where it feels irrational, but that is the point. Even the MC realizes it is irrational. It’s clearly showing she has had to separate in her mind the FATHER she had from the ACTS. 
  • The mystery has satisfying twists and answers. It’s one of those stories where you’ll want to mentally record your guesses to who-done-it so you can shout I KNEW IT! 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Fans of fast-moving mysteries with lots of twists and surprises. 
  • Specifically, if you’re a fan of dry main characters who you aren’t sure if you can trust, you’ll adore this one! 
  • Comp titles would include The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Verity by Colleen Hoover.

My Rating: 3 Stars

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