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Lockdown ❴KINDLE❵ ❃ Lockdown Author Laurie R. King – Thomashillier.co.uk A classroom is held hostage by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, rippedfromtheheadlines novel of rich psychological suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of A classroom is held hostage by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, rippedfromtheheadlines novel of rich psychological suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell mysteriesCareer Day at Guadalupe Middle School: a day given to innocent hopes and youthful dreams A day no one in attendance will ever forget New York Times bestselling author Laurie R King is an awardwinning master of combining rich atmospheric detail with riveting, keenedged mystery Now, in her newest standalone novel of psychological suspense, King turns her sharp eye to a moment torn from the headlines and a school under threat A year ago, Principal Linda McDonald arrived at Guadalupe determined to overturn the school's reputation for truancy, gang violence, and neglect One of her initiatives is Career Daybringing together children, teachers, and community presenters in a celebration of the future But there are some in attendance who reject McDonald's bright visionA principal with a secret A husband with a murky past A cop with too many questions A kid under pressure to prove himself A girl struggling to escape a mother's history A young basketball player with an affection for guns Even the school janitor has a story he dare not reveal But no one at the gathering anticipates the shocking turn of events that will transform a day of possibilities into an expolsive confrontation Tense, poignant, and brilliantly paced, Laurie R King's novel charts compelling characters on a collision coursea chain of interactions that locks together hidden lives, troubling secrets, and the bravest impulses of the human heart.

    Kindle Edition Ù Lockdown PDF/EPUB ↠ forget New York Times bestselling author Laurie R King is an awardwinning master of combining rich atmospheric detail with riveting, keenedged mystery Now, in her newest standalone novel of psychological suspense, King turns her sharp eye to a moment torn from the headlines and a school under threat A year ago, Principal Linda McDonald arrived at Guadalupe determined to overturn the school's reputation for truancy, gang violence, and neglect One of her initiatives is Career Daybringing together children, teachers, and community presenters in a celebration of the future But there are some in attendance who reject McDonald's bright visionA principal with a secret A husband with a murky past A cop with too many questions A kid under pressure to prove himself A girl struggling to escape a mother's history A young basketball player with an affection for guns Even the school janitor has a story he dare not reveal But no one at the gathering anticipates the shocking turn of events that will transform a day of possibilities into an expolsive confrontation Tense, poignant, and brilliantly paced, Laurie R King's novel charts compelling characters on a collision coursea chain of interactions that locks together hidden lives, troubling secrets, and the bravest impulses of the human heart."/>
  • Kindle Edition
  • 336 pages
  • Lockdown
  • Laurie R. King
  • English
  • 07 February 2019

About the Author: Laurie R. King

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10 thoughts on “Lockdown

  1. Taryn Taryn says:

    2.5 Stars. It’s Career Day at Guadalupe Middle School and Principal Linda McDonald needs the day to go smoothly. The school is in a low-income area and many of the residents are immigrants. The community is also still reeling from both the murder of a teenager by a gang member and the mysterious disappearance of a sixth-grader. Career Day is a chance to bring the students together and show them all the great things that their future could hold. But for some, the future seems too daunting and there's no hope in sight. As the minutes tick by, the people inside Guadalupe Middle School march closer to disaster.

    A school had always been a place to incubate hopes and dreams, in a village like Tío’s or in the biggest of cities. But for many of the children here, parental hopes had turned to adult expectations, and the warmth of the incubator felt more like the focused burn of a magnifying glass in the sun. He had first noticed it in the ball games—baseball and what they called soccer here. Mothers and fathers screamed at their players, not in appreciation but in command, even condemnation. Did no one still believe that childhood was a time for joy?


    Guadalupe Middle School is located in the farm community of San Felipe, California. It's a school bubbling with hormones and suppressed rage, with threats all around it” attended by seven hundred–plus adolescents on the brink of boiling over, into impatience, mockery, even the violence that was never far away.” All middle schools have their problems, but this one suffers from “indifferent staff, poor choices, and school board neglect. The school has made great strides since Linda McDonald became principal, but maintaining stability always seems to be an uphill battle. There's a little bit of everything in this book: guarded secrets, gangs, murder trials, corporate intrigue, missionaries, international terrorism, vengeful mercenaries, a missing kid, alcoholic fathers, accusations of pedophilia and domestic abuse...and even a ghost story! The entire book covers the minutes between 12:13 AM to 1:25 PM. The climatic event doesn't begin until the last 15% of the story. The main action didn't affect me emotionally, but I loved the urgent build-up to it. The omniscient narrator chapters reminded me of some of my favorite parts of The Martian!

    It fascinates me to think how we all happen to be here, to think of the tales behind each one of us, the ways our stories not only brought us here, but how they will change how we go forward, together and apart.


    The chapters of Lockdown alternate between a diverse set of characters: a principal, a school volunteer, a janitor, a coach, a school psychologist, a cop, five students, and one guest speaker. The problem with such a large cast of characters is that the detailed back stories felt like both too much and not enough. Many of the characters could’ve carried an entire book by themselves. Several of them ended up in San Felipe after escaping violence in their home countries. I’d love to read more about the school janitor who ended up in California after losing everything and Mina’s mother's escape from Iran in the 1970s. A series with Officer Olivia Mendez would be pretty awesome too!

    These were children who had long outgrown childish naiveté: raised with televised violence, playing games of graphic death, taught by their parents to mistrust any political, economic, or even religious authority. Eleven-year-old girls with braces on their teeth and sparkly unicorns on their notebooks breathed out the cynicism of a Nihilist. And yet, even the oldest, most sneering of these adolescents harbored secret pockets of hope, a hidden belief that the world might still hold out an outstretched hand in place of a fist.


    The common thread between the students is that they are all struggling with their identities. They don't like what they see in the mirror and the adults in their lives pressure them to be something other than what they want to be. They are stuck in the awkward transitional phase between child and adult. As much as they keep secrets and wall themselves off from the adults that care about them, they still seem to be aching for someone to reach out to them and break through their defenses. The faculty of Guadalupe Middle School are trying to figure out how to get through to these kids, many who don’t have the best of home lives. It's a tough position to be in, because there's a thin line between gaining a kid's trust and pushing them further away.

    Guadalupe was a tapestry built from jagged and mismatched pieces that, with care, could find a fit. Unlikely shapes, from a myriad of sources, joined by skilled hands and the eye of a believer. The broken, the lost, and the hidden from view, made into something new.


    The theme of Career Day is “Unexpected Threads” and the goal is to show how everything ties together. Principal McDonald says in her speech that a school is a tapestry of threads. Her husband muses that the roughest threads can be beautiful and the most delicate of threads can become a noose. Officer Mendez wonders if a sweater is a more apt metaphor, because it can all fall apart with the slight pull of a loose thread. In the end, Principal McDonald realizes the school is more like a mosaic than a deliberately woven tapestry. As all these disparate characters from diverse backgrounds are brought together, they set each other on new and unexpected paths: Everyone’s histories wove together to create a thing of beauty. Or ugliness, sometimes.

    I rounded up my rating because I enjoyed Laurie King’s writing and her ability to create compelling stories for her characters. I would be interested in reading more of her books. It's just that by the end of Lockdown, I didn't feel much payoff for getting so invested in several of the characters' lives. One character was noticeably one-dimensional next to the more well-developed characters and that person dampened some of the emotional power for me.

    If you liked this book, you might enjoy The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs (school shooting/threads/a ton of characters). If the ghost story interested you, I recommend reading the short story Adela's House in Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez.

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    I received this book for free from Netgalley and Random House/Bantam. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. It's available now!

  2. Ivonne Rovira Ivonne Rovira says:

    Author Laurie R. King, best known for her Sherlock Holmes-Mary Russell historical mystery series, has penned a suspense-filled stand-alone novel that will keep readers reading much too far into the night.

    Something really, really, really bad is about to happen at Guadalupe Middle School, a working-class school in a California town plagued with gangs, drug- and alcohol-addicted parents, child abuse, a disappeared child — the usual panoply of modern urban problems. That’s no spoiler: King foreshadows the horrendous event that occurs there on Career Day. The plot is revealed, bit by bit, in alternating points of view: missionary-turned-principal Linda McDonald, who has made great strides in turning the school around in her first year; McDonald’s mysterious English husband; a Chicana policewoman; the daughter of an Iranian émigré; a troubled, overly imaginative boy; the sullen basketball star and his overbearing father; the strict but wise basketball coach; the younger brother of two gangbangers, and the school’s janitor, who is much more than he seems. King manages to gradually turn up the suspense on what form the terror will take and who the perpetrator will turn out to be, with several possibilities dangled throughout. The novel, while not labeled young adult, will certainly appeal to that demographic as well as adults. Highly recommended.

    Incidentally, King, who also has a five-book series featuring lesbian police detective Kate Martinelli has Officer Olivia Mendez telephone Martinelli as part of an investigation, a very nice touch.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Bantam in exchange for an honest review.

  3. Joyce Joyce says:

    I've always preferred King's standalone to her series, and while this isn't my favorite (that would be Folly and Keeping Watch), it is a topical, ripped from the headlines, and riveting story. This initially reminded me of Jodi Picoult's novels, particularly Nineteen Minutes, but while Picoult frequently focuses on the aftermath of terrible events, King is all about the build up and here the secrets that intensify the suspense as we discover them. The subject is a shooting in a middle school on Career Day, a chance to involve the community in the school and build good will. We follow 11 hours, sometimes minute by minute, as characters are introduced and their backstories told through flashbacks, and we're always conscious ofs the clock as the minutes tick down until the killer arrives. Pace moves in waves, faster in present time, on hold as we get the players' stories, but short chapters do move it along; multiple points of view and who knew so many people had such dark secrets? introspective characters revealing their thoughts; the story is gritty--some bad things happen before the shooting--and their are issues involving abuse, and all those secrets; menacing, edgy, foreboding tone. King is a good storyteller and a fine writer.

  4. Bam cooks the books ;-) Bam cooks the books ;-) says:

    Laurie R. King is the author of the long-running mystery series featuring Sherlock Holmes and his apprentice, Mary Russell. Here, in this standalone suspense novel, King takes on the story of one life-changing day at the troubled Guadalupe Middle School in San Felipe, CA.

    A school had always been a place to incubate hopes and dreams. In pursuit of that, Principal Linda McDonald has decided to hold a Career Day, where successful adults of the community can come to share details about their jobs with the students. It should be a day of inspiration but as the minutes of that day tick by, there is a growing sense of menace. Are there dark secrets and forces outside of Linda's control that might tear her hard work at the school apart and threaten the very lives of her students?

    The plot is quite intricate, shifting between multiple points of view, and I have to admit that I didn't care for that at first. I found it confusing and disliked having to refer back to a list of characters until they became more familiar. But by the 30% mark, I was hooked and couldn't put the book down. The backstories of a few of the major characters were very interesting and added a lot to the book as a whole.

    Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read an arc of this book.

  5. Jean Jean says:

    This is a stand-alone book by Laurie R. King. The story is about students, a school principal and her husband, the school police officer and janitor and what leads up to the school shooting and school lockdown. I thought it was great to have San Francisco police detective Martinelli play a brief part in the story. I am a fan of King’s Martinelli series.

    The book is well written. The chapters are short and succinct. The tension builds as secrets about various characters are gradually revealed. Each chapter is narrated in a different voice. King has the reader trying to determine who is going to be the shooter. The plot is well crafted and the characters are engaging. Gradually the plot leads the reader to believe one student is going to be the perpetrator, but then suddenly in seconds everything changes. The ending was a big surprise. This is a great psychological suspense story by a master storyteller.

    I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book was almost eleven hours long. Pilar Witherspoon does an excellent job narrating the story. The way she pronounces the Spanish names, I think she might be a native Spanish speaker. Witherspoon is an actress and audiobook narrator.

  6. Bonnie Brody Bonnie Brody says:

    Imagine this: A middle school with a diverse ethnic and socio-economic population of students. It is career day and things are getting revved up but it feels like those in charge are preparing for a special ops operation. It might as well be Quantico but the question remains, 'Why?

    There are several characters that make up this ensemble novel, each with their own history and secrets. Linda, the principal, has turned Guadalupe School into a viable educational institution. Gordon, Linda's husband, has some secrets that, if unveiled, will cause havoc in his life. Tio, the janitor, appears to be more than what he is on the surface. He has a close connection to many students and is a man of all trades. Ben, a student basketball star, lives with his very wealthy step-father who he hates. Mina, an Iraqi refugee, must text her mother several times a day to let her know she is safe. Sofia is Mina's best friend and they are very much into their looks and the boys in the school. Nick, an ephemeral young man, is grieving the disappearance of a schoolmate last year and, as he talks to the school psychologist, it becomes obvious that he believes she's entered another dimension of time. Olivia is the police officer responsible for the school. She takes her job seriously and wants career day to proceed without a glitch.

    Several prominent people are scheduled to speak at career day and the students have signed up for the sessions that most interest them. We know from the first sentence of this book that something untoward will happen. As this sentence states, the notes of Dr. Cassandra Henry, are turned over to the San Felipe Police Department following the Guadalupe Middle School incident. From the beginning, I had to ask myself what this incident would be, why it would occur, and who would be responsible for it. Dr. Henry provides a cast of characters, each with a potential reason for raising havoc or worse.

    The novel is too choppy. The book is told from various points of view and somehow the ingredients don't meld. I knew what the author was trying to achieve but she fell short. Each character is damaged, but then, what middle school student is not? At that age, students are filled with existential angst. The adults try to read them but they are unreadable. What are the adults' secrets and why do they portend danger for Guadalupe Middle School Career Day?

    This stand alone novel fails in its attempt to pull together a large group of people. As the principal says, they are all connected by a tapestry of lives and everyone's history is woven together to create a thing of beauty. Or ugliness sometimes. This book has a good theme at its center but it fails to deliver.

  7. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    Woohoo! Approved on Edelweiss for LRK's new book! :D

  8. Aisling Aisling says:

    In the Acknowledgments at the back of this book the author admits that much of this book was originally short stories. It reads like that. Each chapter tells you the story (and sometimes the waaay back story) of various adults and children at a middle school. And it is all tied together with a trite speech that the principal gives before 'career day' about how they all form a tapestry.

    C'mon. A tapestry? But forgiving that painful cliche, this book is both readable and disappointing. The author is great at storytelling. I was vested in each character and interested. But the book is listed as a novel of suspense and I don't think I'm giving anything away by telling you that it involves a shooting at a school. And yet...there was very little suspense, and the climactic scene was so non terrifying it actually detracted from the book. I enjoyed this book as a novel of characters with interesting backgrounds and issues, but as far as suspense and being any kind of realistic depiction of a school shooting? No. Unless you were writing a children's book. So I left the book annoyed that I'd been strung along with these fascinating stories which only came together for one disappointing scene. I'd expect a book like this to leave me with thoughts of gun reform, mental health, education..but no.
    I would still read another Laurie King book, though. Just not if it said 'suspense.'

  9. Erika Erika says:

    I guess I can't say this book was completely horrible because it infuriated me, and fury doesn't come without some other powerful feeling and that equals I guess I cared. Which is why there are 2 stars instead of one. Honestly, I'm surprised I finished it.

    Guadalupe Middle School is having Career Day and Linda the principal goes on and on about the school being a tapestry and all the threads coming together and blah, blah, blah. I thought that was going to be the good part for me, talking about a few of these people who had tiny little pieces of fascinating stories shot in through the book. There were at least four characters I wanted to know so much more about but once you get the snapshot view of a little part of their lives that was just it. Done. You don't get to know more. It's all a big buildup to what amounts to shooting off a cap gun with a flag popping out that says surprise.

    My very favorite part of this whole book was Tio, and the way he spoke and acted and worked and lived his life - what was shown - gave me complete joy. The joy of simplicity, and truth, and honesty and contentment. The joy of contentment is something foreign to a lot of people, I think, in this world where everyone wants more and strives to work to have bigger and better everything. It's a good lesson to remind myself of, and I'm grateful for that today.

  10. ⚜️Trea ⚜️Trea says:

    FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY. I VOLUNTARILY OFFER MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BOOK, THOUGH IT IS NOT EXPECTED OF ME! RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW!

    It has been many years since I read one of Laurie R. King's Mary Russell novels, but I remember them very fondly as a wildly enjoyable read. It pains me to say this, but I think Ms. King needs to stick to the Mary Russell series, as every novel I have read that isn't Mary Russell is very dry and dull in comparison.

    This is an ensemble novel, filled with diverse characters, each with their own history and secrets. The story switches points of view very often, and this becomes very confusing, despite the differences in their voices. That POV switching also made the story very choppy and hard to follow. I found that I couldn't bring myself to care about the characters because of this.

    Another problem the POV switching caused for me was a lack of interaction and cohesion between the characters. It took a bit more than half the book for things to get really started interaction-wise and by that point, I was just wanting to get through it as fast as possible. Then, the flashbacks started. It took a disjointed plot and made it worse! The bad thing was, these flashbacks were longer than the events in present day and often times didn't feel relevant to me.

    While I applaud the author for making this a slight tie-in to her other present day series, that was not enough to redeem the book in my eyes. I would not recommend this to others, or purchase a copy for myself.

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