The Lock in


Meet housemates Ellen, Alexa, and Jack. They’re broke. They’re lonely. They’re hungover. And things are about to go from bad to worse. Whilst nursing The Hangover from Hell, Ellen stumbles downstairs to discover the kitchen slowly filling with water. Panic quickly sets in, and the three flatmates find themselves in the attic desperately attempting to switch off the water supply. But when Ben, Alexa’s Hinge date from the night before, walks in, the door slams, the handle breaks, and all four of them are trapped. As the long hours tick by, Ellen nurses her sore head whilst Ben and Alexa really get to know each other, and Jack plans an unorthodox rescue mission. But soon Ellen wonders if Ben really is a stranger after all. She is sure she knows him from somewhere. Will these housemates ever get out of this attic? Will they survive the wrath of Elias The Evil Landlord?

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Do you fondly remember messaging your crush on MSN after school?
Miss those shoes that never recovered from the sticky floors of your hometown nightclub?
And can’t stand your spare-room housemate after lockdown?!

Then escape with this summer’s most feel-good read!

‘David Nicholls for millennials’ i
‘Made me smile, laugh, cringe and inwardly cheer’ 5***** READER REVIEW
‘Found myself wincing and laughing with familiarity’
Evening Standard, ‘Best New Books in 2021’
‘Funny and compelling from page one!’

Ellen and Alexa have survived hangovers, dodgy landlords and most of their twenties together.

But can they survive this?

While nursing The Hangover from Hell, a flooded kitchen leads best friends 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 are trapped.

Cue the Worst Ever 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 realization to hit. She is sure she knows Ben from somewhere.

Frantically searching her memories, Ellen pieces together exactly how they’ve met before.

Is Ben really who she thinks he is?

And, most importantly, what on earth is she going to do about it . . .

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


The Lock In is a dream read: an immaculately plotted romcom which vividly captures both late teenagehood and twentysomething houseshares’ i

‘Beautifully written, warm and fun with a dose of early noughties nostalgia, The Lock In is a perfect summer read’ Laura Kay, author of The Split

‘I cannot recommend this book enough!’ 5***** READER REVIEW

‘A funny, joyful hug of a book! A nostalgic, pitch perfect ode to the awkwardness and hilarity of yearning teenage years and house sharing in your twenties’ Cressida McLaughlin

‘Immensely readable, witty and well-crafted . . . a very millennial tale of love, loneliness and friendship’ i

Additional information

Weight 0.497 kg
Dimensions 22.2 × 14.4 × 3.5 cm










Hardback original


823.92 (edition:23)


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