Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Locked Doors by Blake Crouch

It’s February and it’s cold! There’s no escaping the weather, so why not embrace it and read something that will give you a few chills? I found Locked Doors while browsing the library’s shelves and thought it might be perfect for a little winter jump start. Was I ever right! Meet famous suspense novelist Andrew Thomas who has been framed for several murders in North Carolina by savage psychopath, Luther Kite. Andrew has been on the run from law enforcement ever since the killings, and is now hiding in a remote Yukon town under an assumed identity. He is perfectly happy to live the rest of his life anonymously, and has settled into a peaceful routine of working odd jobs and writing for the sheer pleasure of it, when he discovers on a news website that his old North Carolina friends are being murdered one by one. Andrew knows that Luther Kite is behind the crimes, and that he will have to forfeit his treasured solitude in the wilderness and return to the Outer Banks to stop the violence once and for all.

This novel, the sequel to Desert Places, moves at dizzying speed and is crammed full of suspense and terror. Parts of it remind me of the creepy television series, American Horror Story. Blake Crouch’s poetic yet shockingly realistic writing style brings to mind that of John Saul and Richard Laymon, two longtime giants of the genre. If Locked Doors gets your heart pumping, you might also enjoy Crouch’s Wayward Pines triology which has been made into a television series produced by M. Night Shyamalan.

Dotsy Harland

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