#BookReview: The Midnight Lock by Jeffery Deaver @JefferyDeaver @HarperCollins
Hi everyone! Today, I have a book review for an author I came across via a NetGalley, Jeffery Deaver >>>
When a woman arrives home to her Manhattan apartment to find that her personal items have been rearranged while she slept, police initially dismiss her complaint. Nothing was stolen, and there’s no sign of breaking and entering. But when the same woman turns up dead, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are brought in to investigate the murder. The soon learn that the murderer calls himself “the Locksmith.” He is obsessed with locks, slipping into homes in the dead of night and tying his victims up with knots or locks, ultimately strangling them.
Their hunt for the killer is interrupted when an internal investigation in the police force uncovers what seems to be a crucial mistake in one of Rhyme’s previous cases. He is removed from the case, and must investigate the Locksmith in secret to untangle the mysteries behind the psychotic killer before he can set his ultimate trap.
Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins for this Advanced Review Copy.
I came across this book on NetGalley, and the cover and description immediately grabbed my attention. And, woah, what a ride! Imagine waking in the morning, a little hungover and initially disoriented. Your feet grope for your slippers, but they’re not where they should be. Not where you ALWAYS keep them. Then it dawns on you that your phone isn’t on the bedside table where you left it charging. It only gets worse from there. Especially when you come to understand that your door is locked and both deadbolts engaged … is an intruder in here with you?
‘Something wasn’t right. Annabelle Talese, though, couldn’t quite figure out what that might be.’ From this intriguing opening line the story grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let you breathe much right up until the end. The plot, pacing, characterisation, and world building are all done excellently. With many twists and turns this book will keep you guessing. By the halfway point it had fooled me into believing I knew the culprit. I can’t say more because I don’t want to put in spoilers. All I will say is this is a great whodunnit with plenty of red herrings and plants.
Here are a couple of lines I loved …
‘She paused every so often to listen for the sound of footsteps, the sound of a breath, the sound of an unhappy board under shoes.’
‘Disabled is a continuum. We each have a spot on that vast bandwidth. It’s what we do with our unique frequency that counts.’
I could add more but prefer to let you see for yourself. This is a MUST-READ BOOK. Jeffery Deaver has become one of my favourite authors this year. The Midnight Lock gets a resounding 5 stars from me. I’d give it 10 if I could. Go and buy this book!
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.
I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …