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A brand new addictive, twisty thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of 14 WAYS TO DIE. Tom's family have moved into their dream home. But pretty soon he starts to notice that something is very wrong - there are strange messages written on the wall and locks on the bedroom doors. On the OUTSIDE. The previous owners have moved just across the road and they seem l A brand new addictive, twisty thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of 14 WAYS TO DIE. Tom's family have moved into their dream home. But pretty soon he starts to notice that something is very wrong - there are strange messages written on the wall and locks on the bedroom doors. On the OUTSIDE. The previous owners have moved just across the road and they seem like the perfect family. Their daughter Amy is beautiful and enigmatic but Tom is sure she's got something to hide. And he isn't going to stop until he finds the truth behind those locked doors. . . Will their dream home become a nightmare?


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A brand new addictive, twisty thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of 14 WAYS TO DIE. Tom's family have moved into their dream home. But pretty soon he starts to notice that something is very wrong - there are strange messages written on the wall and locks on the bedroom doors. On the OUTSIDE. The previous owners have moved just across the road and they seem l A brand new addictive, twisty thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of 14 WAYS TO DIE. Tom's family have moved into their dream home. But pretty soon he starts to notice that something is very wrong - there are strange messages written on the wall and locks on the bedroom doors. On the OUTSIDE. The previous owners have moved just across the road and they seem like the perfect family. Their daughter Amy is beautiful and enigmatic but Tom is sure she's got something to hide. And he isn't going to stop until he finds the truth behind those locked doors. . . Will their dream home become a nightmare?

30 review for Lock the Doors

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (In Catch-Up Mode)

    I enjoyed Ralph's previous book, 14 Ways to Die, but this one was just so tedious and repetitive. The core story was actually decent, but it just took forever to get there. The writing seemed choppy and very juvenile. Tom and his family have just moved into a new home. After years of enduring abusive relationships, Tom's mom has found a great guy and they have purchased a home. Tom discovers that his door has holes on the outside, like there was a lock installed there to lock someone in. then he I enjoyed Ralph's previous book, 14 Ways to Die, but this one was just so tedious and repetitive. The core story was actually decent, but it just took forever to get there. The writing seemed choppy and very juvenile. Tom and his family have just moved into a new home. After years of enduring abusive relationships, Tom's mom has found a great guy and they have purchased a home. Tom discovers that his door has holes on the outside, like there was a lock installed there to lock someone in. then he meets Amy, the previous resident of the house and she acts very strangely when he asks her about it. What happened in the house before he moved in? 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. Overall I just can't recommend this one. It was a chore to get through and not worth it for the payoff in the end. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maiden Misty's

    This should be called Throw it Out the Door. The writing is messy and basic. After three chapters, I was bored. I gave it 1 star because I like the cover.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    Tom's mother has remarried and now their new family are moving into a new home together. It seems like the perfect fresh start for everyone, especially after the horrors Tom and his mother have had to endure. He doesn't want to spoil her hard-won peace but something about their current surroundings is off-putting, for Tom. It begins with the discovery of small holes drilled into the bedroom doors, that signal locks previously placed on the outside of them. It ends with far more shocking discover Tom's mother has remarried and now their new family are moving into a new home together. It seems like the perfect fresh start for everyone, especially after the horrors Tom and his mother have had to endure. He doesn't want to spoil her hard-won peace but something about their current surroundings is off-putting, for Tom. It begins with the discovery of small holes drilled into the bedroom doors, that signal locks previously placed on the outside of them. It ends with far more shocking discoveries, that lead to the lives of more than just his own family put at stake. Tom will do anything to protect the ones he cares about, and this is about to be put to the ultimate test. This was such an intense read, with chilling discoveries consistently made. These ensured the reader remained both engaged in the proceedings and unable to decipher the next alteration in the twisted path to the just as twisted conclusion. Even when, about half-way through the novel, the major mystery seemed to have been solved, more followed that further proved the unguessable nature of what evolved here. Despite the shocks delivered, this was also an emotional novel, focusing on mental illness, OCD, PTSD, the long-lasting effects of grief, domestic abuse, and a whole host of other topics that I thought were sensitively handled and well-delivered. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Vincent Ralph, and the publisher, Penguin, for this opportunity.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    Actual Rating 4.5 Thank you to Netgalley and Publisher for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thomas has faced so much domestic abuse after his father left him and his mother. All the boyfriend of her mother turned out a monster until she met Jay. Her mother has found her dream house where they’ve moved with Jay and Nia, there new blended family. Everything seems to get better until Tom found holes in bedrooms door. Amy is a new student at Tom’s school and turned out she is the former res Actual Rating 4.5 Thank you to Netgalley and Publisher for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thomas has faced so much domestic abuse after his father left him and his mother. All the boyfriend of her mother turned out a monster until she met Jay. Her mother has found her dream house where they’ve moved with Jay and Nia, there new blended family. Everything seems to get better until Tom found holes in bedrooms door. Amy is a new student at Tom’s school and turned out she is the former resident of Tom’s new house. Amy and her family have moved to the corner house of the same street. Amy is strange and Tom can’t stop thinking that she is hiding something. Is it Tom’s paranoia from his past life or there is something really strange going on? I am sucked for YA Mystery and I am glad, I found this one. I really enjoyed the story from a teenage boy’s perspective. The way writer handles Tom’s OCD is so realistic, I also have OCD for like 12 years so It was really great to read the realistic representation. The author didn’t forget about Tom’s OCD when everything was getting too much, I loved the way he highlighted the OCD cycle and the way his family has accepted it and support Tom. 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. The pace was perfect and the story kept me hooked throughout the book. I didn’t see that twist coming so it was perfect. Though I felt that the history of Amy’s family could be better like there could be one or two chapters from other perspective but still I liked the format of the book and The ending was also realistic. I’ll recommend this book to everyone🖤

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beary Into Books

    Rating 3.5 🐻 Author: Vincent Ralph Publication Date: 3/1/2022 This book had me from the title, cover, and the synopsis. I instantly wanted to read and find out what was truly going on. I had trouble connecting to the main character and their voice. I wasn’t really able to get in their headspace and honestly, if their name wasn’t Tom and referred to as a “son” I wouldn’t have known the backstory/identity of the character. I actually had to reread the synopsis again to make sure I was picturing the r Rating 3.5 🐻 Author: Vincent Ralph Publication Date: 3/1/2022 This book had me from the title, cover, and the synopsis. I instantly wanted to read and find out what was truly going on. I had trouble connecting to the main character and their voice. I wasn’t really able to get in their headspace and honestly, if their name wasn’t Tom and referred to as a “son” I wouldn’t have known the backstory/identity of the character. I actually had to reread the synopsis again to make sure I was picturing the right thing in my head because nothing was really described for the reader at least not right away. One thing I did love and appreciated about Tom’s character was that he had OCD. I feel like we don’t see enough books where this is represented. My fiance has OCD and struggles with many of the same things Tom does. He has to ask multiple questions even if he already knows the answer and he will check everything several times before bed. Luckily, we have been able to get it under control but when he is stressed it definitely worsens. So thank you so much Vincent Ralph for writing a character like Tom. While this book did keep me interested in my opinion, it was just way too long. I liked that the second part of the story followed the perspective of Amy but still it almost wasn’t enough to keep me going. I don’t even think this book is long page wise but when a book has almost 100 chapters the reader really feels like it won’t end. Especially when some of those chapters are only 2-3 pages. I didn’t see a point in the short chapters because as soon as it started it would be over and nothing would be explained or developed deeper. Overall, this was a good mystery/thriller about family secrets and not knowing who you should trust. I would recommend this one and hope you enjoy it if you read it! **Thank you so much @sourcebooksfire for the #gifted copy on #NetGalley in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. **

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cherlynn (cherreading)

    3.5⭐ This is one creepy read that will have you wondering wtf is going on. The chapters (there are 98 of them!) are super short so I easily breezed through it. I enjoyed the buildup and sense of foreboding. The story also gave me gothic horror vibes and kept me guessing. Everyone seemed sinister and shady, which is another plus in my book. I also liked how the author intertwined the protagonist's backstory with the main plot. The book was lacking a bit of the emotional punch and wow factor that I t 3.5⭐ This is one creepy read that will have you wondering wtf is going on. The chapters (there are 98 of them!) are super short so I easily breezed through it. I enjoyed the buildup and sense of foreboding. The story also gave me gothic horror vibes and kept me guessing. Everyone seemed sinister and shady, which is another plus in my book. I also liked how the author intertwined the protagonist's backstory with the main plot. The book was lacking a bit of the emotional punch and wow factor that I tend to look for, but was a fun and enjoyable read overall. Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for an ARC of this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore

    My thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK for a review copy of this exciting YA suspense mystery/thriller. Lock the Doors is told in first person, opening with Tom/Thomas Cavanagh who is just moving in to a new house with his mother, stepdad Jay and stepsister Nia. The house is his mother’s dream home, and here he hopes they will finally find some happiness for they have had their share of trials in the past. After Tom’s parents separated, his mother made some poor choices in men and as My thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK for a review copy of this exciting YA suspense mystery/thriller. Lock the Doors is told in first person, opening with Tom/Thomas Cavanagh who is just moving in to a new house with his mother, stepdad Jay and stepsister Nia. The house is his mother’s dream home, and here he hopes they will finally find some happiness for they have had their share of trials in the past. After Tom’s parents separated, his mother made some poor choices in men and as a result they have faced domestic abuse, the scars of which remain. But Jay is a really good man and with him they are making a fresh start. But in his new room Tom notices something strange—there are holes in the door indicating that there had been a lock to lock someone in but who? Meanwhile at school he meets Amy Pearce, whose family lived in Tom’s house before him. Amy seems lost in thought and sad at times while she is friendly at others showing an interest in him. Tom tries to find out if the mystery of the holes was anything to do with Amy but she tries to assure him that all is well with her, even inviting him home to dinner. But Tom begins to find more strange things like writing on the walls in his room which increases his suspicion, while Amy’s family moves across the road from Tom’s family. Tom tries to speak to his family and friends about his suspicions and while they don’t exactly disbelieve him, they are also worried that he might be getting unnecessarily suspicious because of his experiences in the past. Is this really the case? Is it just Tom’s imagination or is there really something suspicious about Amy and her family? This was certainly a very gripping read in which the author manages to keep up the suspense really well and keeps us readers glued to the edge of our seats. Honestly, at the start the story was feeling to me a little like the Goosebumps film where the new neighbour meets RL Stine’s ‘daughter’ and is suspicious of what she is going through, but in the book as our story moves on Tom uncovers more and more clues or rather suspicious circumstances and we soon become convinced that there is indeed something the matter, but have no idea what this could possibly be. And then we start getting some clues…. 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. Fast paced and exciting, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The book releases on 4th February 2021! This review is also on my blog at: https://wordpress.com/post/potpourri2...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    Generally YA is not for me but I loved this book. Tom and his mother have had quite a rough life but when she meets a new partner and things have been going well for quite a while they move to a new house. Little do they know what they are walking into. Tom will make friends with a girl named Amy who has connections to the house and all hell will break loose in Tom's life. Great support characters and the pace of the book kept me totally engaged. I read this book in one sitting and will now defi Generally YA is not for me but I loved this book. Tom and his mother have had quite a rough life but when she meets a new partner and things have been going well for quite a while they move to a new house. Little do they know what they are walking into. Tom will make friends with a girl named Amy who has connections to the house and all hell will break loose in Tom's life. Great support characters and the pace of the book kept me totally engaged. I read this book in one sitting and will now definitely put this author on my list. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe

    Thank you so much to Vincent Ralph and Sourcebooks Fire for my copy of Lock the Doors. The book was about Tom, a teen whose family just moved into a new house. Tom has always been different, but when he finds marks on the door it shoots him to a whole new level. Especially because the lock is on the outside, locking whoever it was in. The previous owners moved just across the street and seem like a totally normal family, but Tom is sure they are hiding something and won’t stop until he’s discove Thank you so much to Vincent Ralph and Sourcebooks Fire for my copy of Lock the Doors. The book was about Tom, a teen whose family just moved into a new house. Tom has always been different, but when he finds marks on the door it shoots him to a whole new level. Especially because the lock is on the outside, locking whoever it was in. The previous owners moved just across the street and seem like a totally normal family, but Tom is sure they are hiding something and won’t stop until he’s discovered what it is. Thoughts: This was a typical YA mystery for me. There was a fun and outlandish plot. There was unrequited teen romance. There was a quirky main character and some drama to go with him. It was a fun plot because I haven’t really seen it before, but quickly realized it’s very similar to other teen dramas. I did like Tom as a main character, but the story was extremely implausible and coincidental. I hate when things just so happen to work out, and this book was full of those types of things. It had great representation with the character of Tom, but just wasn’t as tense as I wish it was. I read it in a few hours and it was a fun way to pass the time. 3-stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kiirstyannee-reads

    LOCK THE DOORS - VINCENT RALPH ⭐⭐⭐.5/5 Thank you @netgalley, @sourcebooksfire & @vincentralphwriter for the ARC of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and blitzed through it especially from the second half - I couldn't put it down. "Tom's family have moved into their dream home. But pretty soon he starts to notice that something is very wrong - there are strange messages written on the wall and locks on the bedroom doors. On the OUTSIDE" (source netgallery) I loved the pace in this book and f LOCK THE DOORS - VINCENT RALPH ⭐⭐⭐.5/5 Thank you @netgalley, @sourcebooksfire & @vincentralphwriter for the ARC of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and blitzed through it especially from the second half - I couldn't put it down. "Tom's family have moved into their dream home. But pretty soon he starts to notice that something is very wrong - there are strange messages written on the wall and locks on the bedroom doors. On the OUTSIDE" (source netgallery) I loved the pace in this book and felt there wasn't a dull moment. The chapters were short which kept things interesting. Having the book written in both Tom and Amy's (who lived in Tom's house previously) POV meant that the readers got to enjoy the journey of solving the mystery through Tom's eyes but also the experience of hearing the true story through Amy's perspective. A good YA Thriller with twists for those that want a quick and entertaining read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    See more book reviews and thoughts on my YouTube channel I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free. I love a good YA thriller, but Lock the Doors didn't quite hit the mark for me. This all comes down to taste and how particular you are about the ins and outs of the story, as well as the characters. For me, I just didn't get on with the plot of this book or find some of the character actions believable (no spoilers here!). This c See more book reviews and thoughts on my YouTube channel I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free. I love a good YA thriller, but Lock the Doors didn't quite hit the mark for me. This all comes down to taste and how particular you are about the ins and outs of the story, as well as the characters. For me, I just didn't get on with the plot of this book or find some of the character actions believable (no spoilers here!). This could be down to the fact that I don't often get on with teenage boy protagonists, but ultimately it just didn't click with me. I did, however, appreciate the representation the author included in this book. I can't speak to the accuracy of the OCD rep, however seeing Tom's actions and thoughts as a result of his OCD did add a great layer to his character. This book doesn't shy away from the difficulties and traumas that families face. I'd recommend checking this one out if you're looking for a raw YA thriller. CW: Death, domestic abuse, PTSD 2.5 out of 5 stars

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    Lock the Doors by Vincent Ralph @VincentRalphWriter Pub date: March 1, 2022 YA thriller 4 stars TW: Domestic Abuse, Child Abuse/Neglect "Mum says most memories are Post-its on the fridge door of your life. But a few, she says, are tattoos on your soul." Tom has just moved into a new house with his mother, step-father and step-siblings. It’s his mothers’ dream house and after all they’ve been through, she deserves this new start and a little bit of peace. Thing is, Tom has OCD and he notices little thin Lock the Doors by Vincent Ralph @VincentRalphWriter Pub date: March 1, 2022 YA thriller 4 stars TW: Domestic Abuse, Child Abuse/Neglect "Mum says most memories are Post-its on the fridge door of your life. But a few, she says, are tattoos on your soul." Tom has just moved into a new house with his mother, step-father and step-siblings. It’s his mothers’ dream house and after all they’ve been through, she deserves this new start and a little bit of peace. Thing is, Tom has OCD and he notices little things that others might not. When Tom sees signs that there were previously locks on the outside of the bedroom doors, it sets Tom off on a quest for answers. This just leads him to more clues around his new home. When he meets Amy at school, she is mysterious and kind and has a history with the house where he now lives. As Tom discovers more strange things about the house, his suspicions are ignored by his family but he can’t shake the feeling that something is really wrong not only with the house but with the people that used to live here. I liked a lot of things about this book but the pacing and atmosphere are perfection! I read this in one sitting and the twists are perfectly twisty and the villains not who you’d think. I love when an author can take an inanimate object like a house and turn it into a character that is able to evoke a certain amount of emotions from both the characters and myself! Suspenseful, atmospheric and chilling! My thanks to @SourceBooksFire for this gifted copy to review!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I really enjoyed this, a lot more than I thought I would. I struggle with YA in general, so a younger thriller didn't bode too well, but I was willing to give it a try since the premise was highly intriguing. Truth be told, this was a genuinely great thriller. Definitely on the younger side, but that worked very much in the book's favour. It helped bring a sense of innocence, a vulnerability to the character who was out to solve the mystery, which was different from the usual thick-skinned isola I really enjoyed this, a lot more than I thought I would. I struggle with YA in general, so a younger thriller didn't bode too well, but I was willing to give it a try since the premise was highly intriguing. Truth be told, this was a genuinely great thriller. Definitely on the younger side, but that worked very much in the book's favour. It helped bring a sense of innocence, a vulnerability to the character who was out to solve the mystery, which was different from the usual thick-skinned isolated small town detective with a dark past. The family dynamic was great in this, as were the friendships forged. I appreciated the OCD and anxiety representation, I thought that was done really well. I didn't see the twist coming, which is always a good sign for me with thrillers as I often find them predictable. I can genuinely recommend this to people who want a fast-paced mystery thriller alongside somewhat of a coming-of-age narrative. Trigger warnings: domestic abuse, child neglect, kidnapping, death of a child, divorce. Thank you to Penguin and Vincent Ralph for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elvina Zafril

    Lock the Doors was addictive. I really enjoyed this. And because of the short chapters, the pace became so fast. It's been a while since the last YA thriller I read. I didn't enjoy YA thriller as much as I used to except if the premise is intriguing. Tom is the main character in Lock the Doors. After his parents separated, her mother made poor choices in men and led to the domestic abuse and bad memories. "Mum says most memories are Post-its on the fridge door of your life. But a few, she says, a Lock the Doors was addictive. I really enjoyed this. And because of the short chapters, the pace became so fast. It's been a while since the last YA thriller I read. I didn't enjoy YA thriller as much as I used to except if the premise is intriguing. Tom is the main character in Lock the Doors. After his parents separated, her mother made poor choices in men and led to the domestic abuse and bad memories. "Mum says most memories are Post-its on the fridge door of your life. But a few, she says, are tattoos on your soul. This is one of those memories. What I learned is that anything can be a weapon if you know how to use it." Tom and his mother had quite hard times throughout their lives. When his mother has a new partner, they moved into the new house. They didn't know what they walked into. The new house is Tom's mum's dream house. In the new house Tom notices something strange. There are holes in the door and they look like they locked people in. But what exactly the holes are for? Just read this book to find out. Then, Tom found something more strange like the writing on the walls and that made him more suspicious about the house. He tried to find out what happened in that house. As he also made friends with his new neighbor Amy and her family, he also felt suspicious about them like they are hiding something. Lock the Doors was a very intriguing and gripping read. Tons of suspense almost made me feel like reading a horror book and watching a horror movie. I remember watching RL Stines' movie (I never read his book) and the vibe for this book was almost similar. I recommend this book to Karen M. McManus and Holly Jackson's fans too. It really was an enjoyable read and you'd probably stop at nothing until you finish reading this book. Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for sharing the e-ARC in return for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Siqahiqa

    Another great mystery thriller for me! Lock the Doors is a compelling young adult thriller that had me hooked from the first chapter. The story is fast-paced and it will engage you until the end. I could not put it down until I finished as I needed to know what would happen. The plot twist is unpredictable for me, which made this book very satisfying. Furthermore, the short chapters made the reading more accessible and to my liking. I never thought that this book would have an emotional impact o Another great mystery thriller for me! Lock the Doors is a compelling young adult thriller that had me hooked from the first chapter. The story is fast-paced and it will engage you until the end. I could not put it down until I finished as I needed to know what would happen. The plot twist is unpredictable for me, which made this book very satisfying. Furthermore, the short chapters made the reading more accessible and to my liking. I never thought that this book would have an emotional impact on me. It was so painful to read Amy’s POV, and I was furious at her parents! As an adult, you are accountable for the situation. Do not blame your child for what you did wrong in the first place. Furthermore, your child is just 11 years old at that time. The story is told from Tom’s perspective, and I liked reading about his internal investigation. I felt that the characters were really well written. I also got curious about Amy and was hoping to read Amy’s point of view and was very glad when the author provided the same. And reading Amy’s inner thoughts made me more sympathetic to her. Her parents should not be like that. Amy knew what she did was wrong, but she was still doing it just to put a smile on her mother and pretend that everything was okay. Short story, her mum is super crazy! Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were likeable; the plot was well-developed with unexpected plot twists. I thought it was a good book for a YA thriller and would love to recommend it to those that want a quick and exciting read. instagram.com/siriusiqa

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    Shout out to the publishers and Netgalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review. I'll admit that when I started this book I didn't think I'd finish it. The pacing was too slow and there wasn't enough to hook me in the first few chapters, so I put it aside to read other things. But then my dog passed away, and when I returned to work I needed a distraction, and boy did this work. Once Tom and Amy meet and start interacting, and Tom starts finding clues about a bigger myster Shout out to the publishers and Netgalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review. I'll admit that when I started this book I didn't think I'd finish it. The pacing was too slow and there wasn't enough to hook me in the first few chapters, so I put it aside to read other things. But then my dog passed away, and when I returned to work I needed a distraction, and boy did this work. Once Tom and Amy meet and start interacting, and Tom starts finding clues about a bigger mystery things really pick up. I was just as fixated as Tom was on uncovering the truth and trying to save Amy (or whoever needed saving.) I liked the mystery and deception, and I really liked the depiction of family dynamics, especially how different those family dynamics are between Tom and Amy's respective families. I wasn't a huge fan of the allusion to Tom's mom's previous experiences with abuse and domestic violence, but only because I didn't think it served a purpose to driving the story forward beyond the face value. I can understand the tie in between Tom witnessing the abuse and assuming the holes from the locks on the outside of the doors was the same, but it somehow just felt forced. I think if we had seen more of Tom and his mom living that abuse through flashbacks just to feel that palpable terror alongside them it would have felt more organic to me. All in all, worth the read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Giulia Colma

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Tw: domestic abuse, mental illness, child death, kidnapping, physical abuse, grief Tom and his mom have finally found peace after a turbulent past and they move into their dream house with Mom's new partner and his daughter. Everything seems perfect until Tom notices strange messages written on the walls and locks on the outside of the bedroom rooms. He starts investigating the previous owners, a seemingly perfect family who mov I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Tw: domestic abuse, mental illness, child death, kidnapping, physical abuse, grief Tom and his mom have finally found peace after a turbulent past and they move into their dream house with Mom's new partner and his daughter. Everything seems perfect until Tom notices strange messages written on the walls and locks on the outside of the bedroom rooms. He starts investigating the previous owners, a seemingly perfect family who moved across the street. Their daughter, Amy, is Tom's new classmate and she's charismatic and intriguing and Tom is sure she has something to hide and won't stop until he uncovers her secrets. I really enjoyed the characters and I could emphatize with Tom and Amy, even though the dual perspective sometimes made it hard to create well-rounded and complex characters. The atmosphere was so creepy and I found myself holding my breath and flying through the pages to find out what would happen next. I found the writing style very fluid and intriguing and the chapters were only two-three pages long, which is my ideal length, so I was able to read for longer than I usually do. I highly recommend this to thrillers lovers and to anyone who's looking for a spooky and compelling read! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an early copy!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carolina

    What a rollercoaster! I don't read as much mystery/thriller books as I should. I have a very specific taste when it comes to this genre and I tend to get bored easily, but I'm glad it was not the case with Lock the Doors. I'm going to be honest, when I read the number of chapters in the index I was a little scared because, for me, that usually means the story gets dragged and I lose interest. That fear went away when I saw how short the chapters were (hence the high number), and let me tell you: What a rollercoaster! I don't read as much mystery/thriller books as I should. I have a very specific taste when it comes to this genre and I tend to get bored easily, but I'm glad it was not the case with Lock the Doors. I'm going to be honest, when I read the number of chapters in the index I was a little scared because, for me, that usually means the story gets dragged and I lose interest. That fear went away when I saw how short the chapters were (hence the high number), and let me tell you: every time I finished each one of them I was eager to keep reading. Vincent Ralph knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat and to keep you interested, giving you clues without being too obvious. Even when we found out what was going on, we still had to figure out out new pieces of the story that culminated in a very well written book. One aspect I also enjoyed were the family dynamics of navigating a new reality with a step-father and step-siblings. I read this book in under a day, and I'm curious to read Ralph's other works. If you are looking for a quick, very interesting read, this is your book - keeping in mind that this book also features mental illness (anxiety and OCD), domestic violence and pathological grief. I received this e-Arc in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Margot Lissens

    DNF @ 25% Lock The Doors by Vincent Ralph unfortunately wasn’t a book for me. At the beginning the book is very intriguing and the short chapters and easy to read writing make it a quick read. However, quite quickly a few flaws that couldn’t be ignored started popping up. Even though short chapters are normally always a win in my book, the chapters in this book were just too short. It made the book feel very disjointed, like it was just a bunch of random 2-3 page chapters thrown together to make a DNF @ 25% Lock The Doors by Vincent Ralph unfortunately wasn’t a book for me. At the beginning the book is very intriguing and the short chapters and easy to read writing make it a quick read. However, quite quickly a few flaws that couldn’t be ignored started popping up. Even though short chapters are normally always a win in my book, the chapters in this book were just too short. It made the book feel very disjointed, like it was just a bunch of random 2-3 page chapters thrown together to make a story. The writing was also very childish, to a point where the characters in the book felt like they were 12-13 years, even though they were supposed to be 16-17 years, even the adults sometimes read like children. On top of that there was no showing whatsoever in this book, it was only telling. As a reader you’re supposed to believe certain things, for example sometimes you’re supposed to be scared, but that just doesn’t happen because you’re simply told the story, but there’s no showing or feeling behind it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    alisha

    girl what the heck did i just read 🤩 3/5 stars thank you to netgalley and sourcebooks fire for the arc! okay here me out: it’s giving male savior complex like the entire first part of the book i was not vibing with tom because he was way too obsessed with this girl i think i just don’t enjoy male povs to begin with the suspenseful parts of the book felt too short to me - what was there was good but there was so little of it i can’t fully say whether the book as a whole is suspenseful the locks part was girl what the heck did i just read 🤩 3/5 stars thank you to netgalley and sourcebooks fire for the arc! okay here me out: it’s giving male savior complex like the entire first part of the book i was not vibing with tom because he was way too obsessed with this girl i think i just don’t enjoy male povs to begin with the suspenseful parts of the book felt too short to me - what was there was good but there was so little of it i can’t fully say whether the book as a whole is suspenseful the locks part was also pretty small compared to what it was supposed to be odd family dynamics??? spicy but like also insufferable and unbelievable very little character development also guessed plot twist in part 2 but idk if it’s supposed to be a twist

  21. 5 out of 5

    skye:)

    This book was so unexpectedly good! The twists and turns had me completely gripped throughout even if I did think it was very strange at first. I can't make my mind up whether I'm happy with the ending or not? I think it was tied up nicely but there is definite potential for a sequel in my opinion! This book was so unexpectedly good! The twists and turns had me completely gripped throughout even if I did think it was very strange at first. I can't make my mind up whether I'm happy with the ending or not? I think it was tied up nicely but there is definite potential for a sequel in my opinion!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    This was slow to start or felt a little repetitive at first but I love short chapters so it was a quick read for me. Just what I needed. I give it a 3 to 3.5. Thanks to my $5 cafe  B & N friend for dropping it off at my door. 🤓You have to love a YA left on your doorstep! I liked the authors first book better but this was such a different story but kept me interested. I like the authors writing style. 

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    This was OK. A good mystery, but a tad too long and Tom never felt like 16. Review to come in May.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Lock the Doors was a pretty interesting thriller. Divided into four parts, we get lots of clues and information as to what went down and what could be coming our way. At times, it was creepy and gave me the chills. Mostly because it all started with a house. It looked pretty normal on the outside, but with deep dark secrets hiding within it. Honestly, I was completely suspicious with every character that I met. I didn't know I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Lock the Doors was a pretty interesting thriller. Divided into four parts, we get lots of clues and information as to what went down and what could be coming our way. At times, it was creepy and gave me the chills. Mostly because it all started with a house. It looked pretty normal on the outside, but with deep dark secrets hiding within it. Honestly, I was completely suspicious with every character that I met. I didn't know who had certain secrets, but I had lots of questions about each person. Especially when it came to Amy and her creepy family. Not everything was adding up once we got to know her a little bit better. So, when she let a name slip that's when I went into detective mode. Luckily, I wasn't alone in this because Tom wanted to know what was going on too. Technically, he was on the clue trail long before me but details. In some ways, he reminded me of the kid version of Sherlock Holmes because he put things together way before me. I did get one thing right and it still blew my mind. In the end, justice was served and I'm hoping that everyone is living a much better life. Well, not everyone because they definitely deserve all the karma coming their way. I'm so happy that I got the chance to jump into this thriller and I can't wait for Vincent's next book to come my way.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Donny Millington

    I did not like this book because the chapters were too short and for some reason the writing seems very childish like 3 pages something happens and that's the end of the chapter there's no excitement at the end of the chapters no mystery to make you want to read on I don't recommend this book. I did not like this book because the chapters were too short and for some reason the writing seems very childish like 3 pages something happens and that's the end of the chapter there's no excitement at the end of the chapters no mystery to make you want to read on I don't recommend this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laurence

    I had high hopes for this book but, unfortunately, they didn’t totally deliver. The concept was interesting and the characters were easy to believe, but it lacked a certain something for me. Oh well!

  27. 4 out of 5

    I'm All Booked Up YA

    *We received this book in exchange for an honest review.* Tom Cavanagh and his family move into his mom’s dream house in town. Everything seems to be going alright for once, until Tom notices strange holes on the door of his new room. Holes meaning that someone was locked in this room. When new girl Amy Pearce starts at Tom’s school, he quickly realizes that her family used to live in the house. Something is definitely strange about the Pearce family. Tom and his best friend Zak befriend Amy and t *We received this book in exchange for an honest review.* Tom Cavanagh and his family move into his mom’s dream house in town. Everything seems to be going alright for once, until Tom notices strange holes on the door of his new room. Holes meaning that someone was locked in this room. When new girl Amy Pearce starts at Tom’s school, he quickly realizes that her family used to live in the house. Something is definitely strange about the Pearce family. Tom and his best friend Zak befriend Amy and try to learn more about her, but every time someone bring up the house, she gets cagey. As Tom digs deeper, he finds disturbing drawings of stick people on the wall. Someone must have been forced to stay in this room. But with Amy denying Tom’s theories and Mr. and Mrs. Pearce acting like the picture perfect parents, Tom’s got to figure this out on his own. And the truth is more disturbing than he expected. We had no idea what to expect when we picked up Lock the Doors. Overall, we liked the twisted plot of this YA horror novel. Ralph surprised us with the ending and the real reason the holes/drawings were in Tom’s room. The entire book made it feel like you were trapped in a haunted house. However, the characters were a bit lackluster. Despite being written in first person, we feel we didn’t get a sense for Tom’s personality outside of the mystery. Lock the Doors was definitely plot driven instead of character given. We wanted a little more information on the character’s backgrounds and lives. Overall, this creepy YA debut is perfect for horror fans who wish it was Halloween season still. Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    3.5 stars. The premise for this novel was extremely interesting, but the execution just didn't live up to my expectations. Rather than being the gripping thriller that I was looking for, Lock the Doors was instead just an okay YA thriller that started off strong and had some good twists and a good ending, but lacked a realistic feel. The writing for the story was fine. It wasn't overly descriptive, but it did the job. The characters...also okay. Tom's character was explored the best, but I still f 3.5 stars. The premise for this novel was extremely interesting, but the execution just didn't live up to my expectations. Rather than being the gripping thriller that I was looking for, Lock the Doors was instead just an okay YA thriller that started off strong and had some good twists and a good ending, but lacked a realistic feel. The writing for the story was fine. It wasn't overly descriptive, but it did the job. The characters...also okay. Tom's character was explored the best, but I still felt like there was more there to learn and a lot of his character was left unaddressed. He had a lot of historical trauma and mental illness struggles that were touched one, but somehow he still felt like there was a lot more to explore. He didn't feel fully real to me. Some of the supporting characters, particularly the adults, were almost executed in hyperbole and this over the top tendency left them a bit unbelievable (along with occasionally being frustrating and/or annoying). In fact, the decisions and actions of the adults were awkward and they felt like completely unreliable individuals who had no grasp on reality or the ability to act responsibly. I can't say more without introducing spoilers, but Tom's mother was kind of a waste of a character and didn't do nearly what I would have expected her to have done. I was angry at her for a good majority of the read and felt she really needed a slap. The twists and turns were fun and I did enjoy the ride, but there were also a lot of unanswered questions and some fairly unbelievable circumstances. It was a fun & quick read, but not a realistic one. * Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *

  29. 4 out of 5

    Trinity Casey

    3/5 Stars Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an advanced copy of this title in exchange for an honest and unbiased review One of Vincent Ralph's books was actually a monthly pick for my work sometime in 2021 and I had added it to my list because it sounded intriguing. I saw that his newest novel would be releasing in the states in March and really wanted to jump on that just in case anyone came in wondering if he had been able to continue his success. This b 3/5 Stars Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with an advanced copy of this title in exchange for an honest and unbiased review One of Vincent Ralph's books was actually a monthly pick for my work sometime in 2021 and I had added it to my list because it sounded intriguing. I saw that his newest novel would be releasing in the states in March and really wanted to jump on that just in case anyone came in wondering if he had been able to continue his success. This book has an interesting concept, especially as I have moved into houses that other people have lived in and it makes you wonder what they got up to once the doors were closed and what secrets your shared walls keep. I will say that the plot twist was something I wasn't expecting in the slightest and the part of the book from another perspective I couldn't put down. Getting into that mindset was so exhilarating, especially compared to the rest of the book. I think the major reason I really didn't like this book was because of the romance. It felt unnecessary as a plot point, I truly think the two characters could've had a solid connection as friends and the story would have been the same.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Vincent Ralph confidently delves into some challenging teen issues, mixes humour with emotional intensity, enough laughs to balance the scary moments and in doing so creates an original thrill of a book. There's a nod to his previous book, 'Are You Watching', and just as with his first book, 'Lock the Doors' sets a pace and tone that had my brain scrambling to keep up with what was happening. Just as I thought I had the mystery sussed, the narrator changes from Tom to Amy and I had to look at ev Vincent Ralph confidently delves into some challenging teen issues, mixes humour with emotional intensity, enough laughs to balance the scary moments and in doing so creates an original thrill of a book. There's a nod to his previous book, 'Are You Watching', and just as with his first book, 'Lock the Doors' sets a pace and tone that had my brain scrambling to keep up with what was happening. Just as I thought I had the mystery sussed, the narrator changes from Tom to Amy and I had to look at everything with fresh eyes. It's a genius move on the author's part and it made working out what exactly had happened in Tom's house that much more satisfying. There are some really tough issues that are presented in the book; domestic abuse, mental health issues, OCD, amongst others, all handled sensitively and, more importantly, realistically. Tom's OCD is accepted as part of him by his family because it has helped him to cope with his past. Normalising it in this way was really refreshing, and I appreciated that it didn't become a big issue. It's a fantastic read, thoroughly deserving of the 5 stars I have rated it, and I would like to thank the publishers and Net Galley for the advance copy in return for an honest review.

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