Kate Simants: Lock Me In

This review is written with thanks to the TBC Reviewers Group for my copy of Lock Me In through the publisher via Netgalley.


Whatever you do, don’t open the door…

By day, Ellie Power has a normal life. She has a stable home, a loving boyfriend, a future.

But at night, she suffers from a sleep disorder. She becomes angry, unpredictable, violent. Her mother locks Ellie in her bedroom every night, to keep them both safe.

Then one morning, Ellie wakes up, horrified to find the lock on her bedroom door smashed from the inside. She is covered in injuries, unable to remember anything about the night before.

And her boyfriend Matt is nowhere to be found…


It’s difficult to believe that Lock Me In is a debut novel. The writing is slick and fast paced. It’s pitched brilliantly: from the beginning it is obvious that the characters have lies and secrets and it always felt as though something was about to explode. I loved this feeling and it spurred me on to keep turning pages.

Lock Me In is told mainly from the perspectives of Ellie and the detective investigating Matt’s disappearance, Ben Kwon Mae. I found this fascinating as it enabled me to see into their lives and look at what had happened from several angles to try and make my own mind up. There are also chapters formed by the psychiatrist’s notes and these helped me learn more about Ellie’s disassociation. As mental health is a subject that interests me, these sections were eye opening.

There are several twists at the end of Lock Me In. I was able to guess a few of them, but there were still some surprises and they made for a very tense ending.

Lock Me In is available from Amazon.

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