Lockdown by Laurie R. King

Setting: California
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Bantam
Release Date: June 13, 2017

Just a year ago, Linda McDonald agreed to become the principal at Guadalupe Middle School, a school plagued by students who struggle with gang violence, dysfunctional home lives, truancy, and most recently the disappearance of a young girl. Linda decides a career day that brings the community, teachers, and students together is a great way to turn a new leaf.

What Linda never expects is for many secrets to come to light on one tragic day. Not only is Linda hiding things, but her husband's past threatens to unravel. The prodigy basketball player has a secret addiction. A friend of the missing girl is convinced he can learn the truth regarding her disappearance. Even the janitor is hiding something. Before the career day is over, lives will be changed forever.

I found Lockdown: A Novel of Suspense to be a bit of a struggle. I liked the characters, but there were so many of them. You have the basketball player and his dad, the gangster wannabe, the principal, her husband, the officer, the janitor, two girls, the missing girl, the missing girl's friend, and those are just the key players. There are others, and I ended up needing to keep notes for a third of the book or so, especially when the timeline change would bounce from recent past, to 30 years ago, to present.

Once I had the characters down, I found myself far more intrigued with the plot. I still found some of the jumps in time to be a little jarring, but I needed to know what happened at the school on career day. I didn't stop reading until I knew. For that, Laurie R. King did a great job at building interest and keeping me engaged.


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