Mini Reviews: Lock the Doors by Vincent Ralph and The Sad Ghost Club by Lize Meddings

It’s time for some more mini reviews! Both of these young adult titles were sent to me by Penguin in exchange for an honest review, and they’re both a little different from what I usually read. I read these both last month and wanted to share my thoughts!


Lock the Doors by Vincent Ralph

Publication date: 04 February 2021

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Tom’s family have moved into their dream home. But pretty soon he starts to notice that something is very wrong – there are strange messages written on the wall and locks on the bedroom doors. On the outside.

The previous owners have moved just across the road and they seem like the perfect family. Their daughter Amy is beautiful and enigmatic but Tom is sure she’s got something to hide. And he isn’t going to stop until he finds the truth behind those locked doors. . .

Will their dream home become a nightmare?

I love a good YA thriller, but Lock the Doors didn’t quite hit the mark for me. This all comes down to taste and how particular you are about the ins and outs of the story, as well as the characters. For me, I just didn’t get on with the plot of this book or find some of the character actions believable (no spoilers here!). This could be down to the fact that I don’t often get on with teenage boy protagonists, but ultimately it just didn’t click with me.

I did, however, appreciate the representation the author included in this book. I can’t speak to the accuracy of the OCD rep, however seeing Tom’s actions and thoughts as a result of his OCD did add a great layer to his character. This book doesn’t shy away from the difficulties and traumas that families face. I’d recommend checking this one out if you’re looking for a raw YA thriller.

CW: Death, domestic abuse, PTSD

Find a copy of this book here (affiliate links):

Book Depository | Blackwells

The Sad Ghost Club by Lize Meddings

Publication date: 21 January 20201

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This is the story of one of those days – a day so bad you can barely get out of bed, when it’s a struggle to leave the house, and when you do, you wish you hadn’t. But even the worst of days can surprise you. When one sad ghost, alone at a crowded party, spies another sad ghost across the room, they decide to leave together. What happens next changes everything.

Because that night they start the The Sad Ghost Club – a secret society for the anxious and alone, a club for people who think they don’t belong.

This was such a lovely and heartwarming graphic novel! We follow a person with anxiety through one day of their life. When they manage to hype themselves up to go to a party, they meet another person like them and make a friend.

This simple and sweet story lacks plot, but that doesn’t take away from the book at all. I really enjoyed breezing through this graphic novel and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for some warm, fuzzy feelings or for any teen who feels like their mental health us isolating them. You are not alone!

Find a copy of this book here (affiliate links):

Book Depository | Blackwells

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