Christie Stratos – Locke and Keye Review

The Scary Reviews reviewed LOCKE AND KEYE today, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! What a wonderful and positive way to end the first day of NaNoWriMo. Thanks so much to The Scary Reviews!

The Scary Reviews

Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Locke and Keye is an attention-grabbing story from the beginning with the description of the lock and key shop and potential employee list. Mr. Locke, the owner, has a list of potential employees, each with odd comments and observations next to their names. He has carefully and purposely chosen which men to be his employees. I was intrigued to find out why and his reasons weren’t apparent until well into the book. Mr. Locke’s odd and strange mannerisms also caught my attention. The story is set in mid 1800’s and I thought it had a very authentic feel from the descriptions of clothing to the dialogue between characters.

As Locke and Keye’s story unfolds we see some familiar characters, the Whitestone’s, from the first book. Their role in Locke and Keye was well integrated into this new story. As for Mr. Locke he is an odd, mysterious and a frightening man. His actions towards his employees feels like he is grooming them for something sinister. Mr. Locke always seems to have an ulterior motive and loves to collect secrets and use them when the time is right. This is one of the many layers I loved about Mr. Locke and his character arc was really well planned out.

Psychological pain and games are a theme continues to run through Locke and Keye, as it did in the first book in the collection. Elizabeth isn’t…

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