Title: Locked In by G.B Williams
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Date Published: 10th February 2018
Ariadne Teddington is having a bad day. Then she finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun.
Stuck in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ariadne keeps her head down and her mouth shut; because if there is one thing criminals hate more than the police it’s prison guards.
Trapped with a child, a policeman, and a robber on the edge, Ariadne desperately searches for a way out for them.
Can they all escape unharmed?
And when everyone is locked in, will anyone get out alive?
It’s set around six months after the end of the last book. Ariadne Teddington had just popped into her local bank when she ends up being held hostage. Unfortunately one of the robbers recognises her as a prison guard and potential threat. Trying to protect her fellow captives she puts her life on the line.
The first book in this series, Locked Up was one of my favourite reads of last year, (you can read my review of it here), so when I found out there was going to be a sequel I jumped at the chance to read it! I would recommend reading Locked Up before you read this, to get a better feel for the characters.
This story was a fast paced, nail biting, with several moments that made me gasp out loud.
The story is told from three points of view, Ariadne, Charlie Bell and DCI Piper who we met briefly in the last book. It nice to get to know DCI Piper a bit better.
Ariadne, just can’t seem to catch a break! She’s caught up in a prison riot now she’s been held hostage. I feel like she attracts trouble like a magnet. She’s still one of my favourite female characters, brave, headstrong and facing down robbers all while wearing a corset.
I have to be honest it took me a little longer to get into this book than the last one. I can’t say why exactly, maybe it’s because I’ve read and seen quite a few hostage situations in books and TV and it’s just become a little cliched to me or the fact I may have been suffering from the dreaded ‘book hangover’.
Also I felt like a lot of the book was just a set up for the next in the series Locked Down but there was a big revelation at the end which makes me excited for the next book.
After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels. Her debut novel, Locked Up, was released in September 2017, Locked In follows in February 2018, and Locked Down in September 2018.
GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a
feature writer and occasional comic book reviewer. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres
including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction.
With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to
learn to sleep.
Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world. Then she met a guy. Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read, always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious
cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).