Book: The Locked Door
Author: Freida McFadden
My Rating: 5 Creepy Stars
Fellow bookworms…where do I even begin? This book was a TRIP. Whew! I binged it in a day, because once I got sucked in there was no escape. What a creepy, unsettling story!
Nora Davis is a successful surgeon who lives and breathes her routine. Work, drink, feed the stray cat, don’t get close to anyone. Behind her seemingly boring life of solitude, she’s got a secret. Her dad is serving 18 life sentences and is one of Oregon’s most notorious serial killers. Nora, raised by her grandmother after her parents went to jail, has spent the last 26 years trying to make a new life for herself. But now someone is murdering her patients and Nora’s secret is about to come out.
I was RIVETED to every page of this story. Wow. It’s told in present day and also flashbacks to Nora’s childhood. Normally, flashbacks annoy me, but in this case even the flashbacks were impossible to skip over. Something about the way Freida wrote the character of Nora was unsettling. Perhaps it was Nora’s own fear that her father’s evil was somehow genetically passed on to her? But I was side eyeing Nora and every other character in this book by the end.
The mystery of who the killer was seemed predictable for most of the book. I was a little disappointed when I thought I guessed two big plot twists. But y’all, don’t worry, I didn’t solve this one and you probably won’t either. The ending is totally unpredictable. After an anxiety inducing forty six chapters, the epilogue felt like a Hallmark movie, but Freida even managed to put a plot twist in the epilogue. So, I can’t complain. In fact, I wish I could read it again for the first time. If you’re looking for a thriller to round out your October reads, I highly recommend this one. But maybe don’t read it in the dark.
Krystle Goodman is a crazy cat lady, who loves to drink exorbitant amounts of coffee, and read a shocking amount of books. She lives in Benton with her husband Josh, her son Roman, and their two cats Roxanne and Abby. When she isn’t reading, you’ll find her cooking, painting, or watching true crime shows. Watch for Krystle’s book reviews every other Friday. Send fanmail to: [email protected]
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