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Lockdown A classroom is held hostage by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate ripped from the headlines novel of rich psychological suspense from the New York Times bestselling author

  • Title: Lockdown
  • Author: Laurie R. King
  • ISBN: 9780804177931
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lockdown By Laurie R. King, A classroom is held hostage by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, ripped from the headlines novel of rich psychological suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell mysteries.Career Day at Guadalupe Middle School a day given to innocent hopes and youthful dreams A day no one in attendance will ever forget New YorkA classroom is held hostage by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, ripped from the headlines novel of rich psychological suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell mysteries.Career 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 award winning master of combining rich atmospheric detail with riveting, keen edged 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 Day bringing together children, teachers, and community presenters in a celebration of the future But there are some in attendance who reject McDonald s bright vision.A 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 course a chain of interactions that locks together hidden lives, troubling secrets, and the bravest impulses of the human heart The award winning novels of Laurie R King are Sharp, inventive and rewarding The Seattle Times Audacious Los Angeles Times Rousing riveting suspenseful Chicago Sun Times Impossible to put down Romantic Times Beguiling tantalizing The Boston Globe Stunning The Christian Science Monitor Delightful Booklist starred review

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 chapt [...]

    5. 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 so [...]

    6. 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 fe [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. In my eyes, Laurie R King can do no wrong She has been on my Indispensables List for over two decades, and she is absolutely one of those writers whom I will follow anywhere I doubt I would normally read a book about a school shooting there are still too fresh scars in this neck of the woods for me to choose such a subject for entertainment That s so in lots of necks of lots of woods here it s because of Sandy Hook and twenty tiny dead children All the different strands of this story the student [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. I long ago fell in love with Laurie King s writing through the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series I have followed her books through other series and her standalones, too, and I ve been rewarded with great reading year after year I was excited to learn that there would be a new standalone, but it seemed quite a departure in subject matter from what I expected I was right It was a departure, but a fascinating one that proved me wonderfully wrong about my predictions concerning the big event a [...]

    11. From the book s acknowledgements Lockdown is a thriller set in a school under threat, but it is about the school s community, its weak points and skills, and the strength it can find when pressed to the brink A story about how rescue comes from within, and how heroism may rise from the most unexpected direction The author handles a very difficult storyline without blatant violence and with tremendous humanity King also uses differing character point of view in a great way Surprisingly uplifting [...]

    12. 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 Car [...]

    13. Principal Linda MacDonald wants Career Day at Gaudalupe Middle School to be memorable But as she frets over the language of her introductory speech, little does she know what will unfold on this day and how truly memorable it will be for herself, the students and the participants.Laurie R King s Lockdown bills itself as a novel of suspense And like a film by Alfred Hitchcock, King gets us to invest in her characters to help build and ratchet up the tension until it finally reaches a boiling poin [...]

    14. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I was really intrigued by a new standalone book from Laurie King I ve enjoyed her strengths in characterization and empathy in the past The structure of this book reminded me of a book by John Sanford with ADD Each chapter was a couple of pages long at most, sometimes only a paragraph or two So while the book looks like it s over 300 pages long, I d say there s only about half that much content to read, tops Each chap [...]

    15. Lockdown is not the book you expect it to be in a good way When I started reading it, I thought I d be reading a suspense story set in the midst of a situation with which we ve all become too familiar an armed intruder in a school There is suspense, all right, but it s like the slow onset of a deadly fever, a serious of interlocking stories all leading up to an explosion but not, perhaps, the one you re expecting The teachers, students and citizens around the Guadalupe Middle School on Career D [...]

    16. I wish I could join in the praise for this book Laurie King has an engaging writing style that I truly enjoyed reading She has the ability to put me right in the moment with the characters, so I feel their emotions and the turmoil of the situation Unfortunately, this story just didn t work for me stylistically.Virtually every character in this book has a narrating part, and there are a lot of characters We shift narrator every few pages The switch is clear, as the chapter heading gives us the na [...]

    17. Originally published at Reading RealityLockdown was a surprise In the end, it was nothing like I expected Also, in the end, absolutely fascinating Just not in the way that I expected at the beginning.I was not expecting Holmes and Russell Not that I wouldn t love another entry in that series, but I knew this wasn t it.Instead, Lockdown is a story that starts out slowly and picks up steam, much as Guadalupe Middle School Principal Linda McDonald starts her day out early but slowly and ends with a [...]

    18. Career Day comes to Guadalupe Middle School in California Principal Linda McDonald took over the troubled school a year ago and Career Day is her idea Someone else has big plans for this day too and not in a good way The jacket of the book promises an explosive confrontation The story takes us through the hours prior to this event.The chapters are narrated by maybe a dozen different characters, including both adults at the school and several teenagers attending class there Many of the chapters w [...]

    19. Career Day at Guadalupe Middle SchoolThis story started out kind of slow for me It took me a while to untangle the characters and figure out their relationships to each other The story is told from many points of view, which didn t help the bit of a chaotic start.Another reason the book was hard to get into is a formatting style I m seeing and There was no line spacing between paragraphs and only a one space indent at the start of each new paragraph This is a difficult style to read The short [...]

    20. This was different from any other Laurie R King book I have ever reada novel written from the perspective of almost every character involved in the narrative the school principal her husband the school s janitor several students at Guadalupe Middle School, as well as the local police sergeant One day last fall, Bee Cuomo disappeared and no one knows why One of her friends thinks her father killed her A local gangbanger is on trial for murdering a young girl A prominent businessman in San Felipe [...]

    21. WooHoo I won a GR Giveaway copy of this book I enjoyed King s Mary Russell novel I ve only read one so far , so am excited to read this new stand alone book

    22. New York Times bestselling Laurie R King never disappoints, and she is at the top of her game with her outstanding standalone psychological thriller Lockdown It is Career Day at Guadalupe Middle School, a day that starts with students dreams of the future and that threatens to end in violent confrontation There are secrets here, myriad stories woven together of students and staff, people you come to know and care about in a breathtaking read that will keep you up turning pages late into the nigh [...]

    23. With its ominous title, this book intrigued me but I felt a touch of dread that the violence the title portends would be fulfilled But of course this is a Laurie R King novel so that is only part of the story When one of the central characters, Linda McDonald is introduced I was hooked She arrives as a missionary in the highlands of New Guinea and wends her way back to the States to the rural community of San Felipe, as the principal of the Guadalupe Middle School The story is skillfully woven t [...]

    24. A troubled middle school in a poor urban neighborhood is experiencing a rebirth thanks to a decimated and gifted principal named Linda along with the subtle wisdom of T o the janitor Of course, there are others, teachers, parents, students who all contribute to the school coming together in spite of the odds and the odds are tough A beloved little young girl named Bea has disappeared, nearly breaking her friends, particularly young Nick Then there was the murder of one student s babysitter by an [...]

    25. 3.5 starsRemember when active shooter wasn t part of our everyday vocabulary I didn t think I was up for Laurie R King s new standalone Lockdown Bantam, digital galley , no matter how timely, having seen way too much of the real thing on the evening news But King delivers than a tick tock countdown of Career Day at Guadalupe Middle School, which begins with the high hopes principal Linda McDonald has for her diverse student body The school bubbles with hormones and suppressed rage, with threats [...]

    26. I was super excited to be gifted an ARC of this book because I love all of Ms King s other stand alone novels she does such amazing suspense stories Like so many others, I didn t much care for how much the narrative bounced between such a huge cast of characters It kind of felt like a game of duck duck goose going round and round to each character in turn to see how they each might be responsible for whatever bad thing you could feel coming The very short segments really kept me from truly getti [...]

    27. Fast paced page turner This thriller focuses on the events leading up to Career Day at a central California middle school The multiple third person narratives bounce back and forth in time, from thirty years past to minute by minute accounts of a single day As one might infer from the title, the climactic scene is about a school shooting However, this climactic scene is merely a small part of the story In reality, this book weaves together the stories of several characters, each connected to the [...]

    28. I absolutely loved this thriller As a former educator, it is often difficult to read books about a school shooting, but this one was handled so differently and expertly that I simply couldn t put it down It literally shows a town coming together after a tragedy at the school, but it s so much a character study that delves into the lives of the principal, her husband, the janitor, and several of the students In alternating chapters, King deftly weaves together a poignant tale of a community in c [...]

    29. The author s writing is good But for me, there were too many characters and points of views here I would ve rather had less characters and deeper backgrounds I was really confused in the beginning but picked up on the many voices shortly Then all of a sudden a new one would pop up or we might get a little background on someone Characters here are too many to list and to go into each of their stories would be the length of a novel in itself I did like the interaction between Tio, the janitor , an [...]

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