by Laurie R. King


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A community comes together when threatened by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, tautly plotted 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.

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 explosive 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. 

Praise for Lockdown

“A fine thriller, as timely as it is gripping.”Booklist (starred review)
“King delivers, providing both a drama-filled anatomy of the school and a chance for its community to show its best by the way it confronts the worst Career Day imaginable.”Kirkus Reviews
Lockdown [has] the tension of a ticking time bomb.”—San Jose Mercury News
“Dramatic . . . harrowing.”—Santa Cruz Sentinel
“King is a strong, purposeful writer with a keen eye for detail. . . . [This book earns] its page-turner status.”The Stranger
“Keeps readers guessing to the very end.”—Charleston Currents

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804177931
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, the Stuyvesant & Grey novels Touchstone and The Bones of Paris, and the acclaimed A Darker Place, Folly, Califia’s Daughters (written under the pen name Leigh Richards), and Keeping Watch. She lives in Northern California.

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Lockdown 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
anneb10 More than 1 year ago
Lockdown is a well-woven thriller centered around a school shooting. Laurie R. King plucks and twines all the many threads into a whole tapestry of the incident itself. Taking a fraught topic, the author has written a masterpieces of characterization. The book is more than just the actual shooing, its a solid book that pulls the reader in and enthralls. I admit that I was nervous before reading this book due to the subject matter and the incident around which it revolves. However, it is treated both sensibly and sensitively. Definitely well worth the read. Full disclosure: I received an ARC through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. Obvious bad guy, obvious good guy and Disney ending. Not worth the time...
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
Lockdown by Laurie R King made me ecstatic that I am no longer a student, especially in middle school. Laurie R King presents a cast of characters before jumping into the story, but I missed that list and made my own as I read tidbits of each character. I love this method of writing where each character speaks or is described, very like Spoon River Anthology or Winesburg, Ohio. The tension builds as the students, teachers, principal, and speakers gather for Career Day at the school. The title of the book foreshadows the terrifying event, but still the reader plunges forward in an effort to find the culprit. Ms. King convincingly portrays each of the characters and builds of sense of understanding, but many ideas scatter to the wind after chaos descends the school.
JAislynn More than 1 year ago
**This book was reviewed for Random House/Ballintine via Netgalley Master storyweaver Laurie R King has done it again. Lockdown may be a novel of suspense, but more than that it is a novel of humanity in all our myriad glory and debasements. It is a novel of disconnect, where communications break down. And a novel of connection, with the various threads converging into the incident at Guadalupe on Career Day. If but one thread had been cut short, or played out longer, or skewed a different direction, events may have played out very differently indeed. We are all stories- little stories, blending to make larger stories, building to glorious life epics with colossal casts. Lockdown is a vibrant mosaic of psychological suspense that will lure you in, snaring the mind and drawing the reader deep within. It is the weaving of a school on the verge of a life-shattering event, the second in only a scant handful of months. Things begin in a mundane enough manner. It is Career Day, a source of pride and stress for Linda, the principal who took over a neglected school rife with violence. On the surface, things have improved, rough as it has been. Beneath the surface though, on the flip side of that mosaic, that tapestry, one can see the abraded roughness, the snarled and tangled criss-crossing threads. There is a shy imaginative boy, recovering from the unsolved disappearance of his best friend only months before. There is the Englishman, a former merc with a clouded past, and his wife the school principal, whose baby Guadalupe is. There is a boy thrust too early into adulthood and sacrifice, as he takes care of his younger siblings while his mother works for a meagre wage. There's a young witness to a horrific murder, with people seeking to silence him, and his two friends, one the sister to the murdered girl. There's a boy crying out silently for help, pushed to his breaking-point. There's a man with a superiority complex and sense of entitlement the size of South Dakota, and an elderly man with tragedy lingering behind him.. Each thread, each tile, taken alone, is fascinating in its own right, but brought together they create a beautifully terrifying picture of the confluence of events that will change everyone, reader included. Once started, I read this book in almost one sitting. Ms King has woven a rich, intricate story with beautiful language and a deep, abiding lesson- we are all connected. This was my first experience with Ms King’s work outside of Mary Russell’s memoirs, which are just lovely. Highly recommended
ReadingGrrl More than 1 year ago
I've read several of Laurie R. King's other books so I was happy to pick her up again. I liked how a few of the characters from one of her other series made a guest appearance in this book. This is not a fast paced book but rather a slow burning build up to its climax. While I really enjoyed it I can see why others may not have been as engaged. There are a lot of characters and a lot of things going on in this school. This is a school riddled with crime and now a missing girl. The new Principal comes in to try to clean it up and improve the situation even holding a career day for the kids so they can see the some of their options other than sports. I think if there were a few less plot lines this may have been a better book. It wasn't confusing to me but I started to get invested and wanted to know more about certain characters only to have to move on to another before I was really satisfied. While some may think of this as a good thing I think it held the book back a bit.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Career day at Guadalupe High School is a big affair and you just know something very bad is going to happen that day. And, when it started, I was majorly surprised at who started it. King has several characters in this book, students, teachers, and parents and tells of their stories and their thoughts leading up to the big Career Day. There is even a story about a former student (Bee) who used to go to Guadalupe but who disappeared on her way to school several years ago. There is also a student who's sister was killed by a gang member of who's brother also goes to Guadalupe High. There are several plot lines going on in this book and they definitely kept and held my interest. Trying to figure out who will be the one to cause the trouble on Career Day was certainly not easy as I had several suspects in my mind going down to the big day. And, everyone I guess was wrong. A great read that deals with the workings and people attending Guadalupe High School. I enjoyed reading this book and wish to thank Random House/Ballantine and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Linda McDonald was well aware of the huge project she took on when she accepted the position at the Guadalupe Middle School. Gangs, violence, bullying, and drugs were the norm there. But after only a year as their principal, Linda had fallen in love with the students and could already see improvements in their schoolwork. Sure, Guadalupe Middle School still had problems, some of them weighed more heavily on her than others, such as, the missing eleven-year-old, and the student who was murdered. But, nothing prepared Linda McDonald for what she would face on Career Day. Sergeant Olivia Mendez, of San Felipe Police Department, was walking the school perimeter when she eyed Gordon, Linda McDonald’s husband. There was something mysterious and shady about Gordon. But until he gave her cause for real concern, she wouldn't investigate. Olivia didn’t have many friends, and she was afraid that if she dug too deeply into Gordon’s past, she would lose Linda McDonald’s friendship. However, Olivia still planned on watching Gordon, closely, along with Tio, the janitor. There was something off about that man, also. He didn’t act like a janitor. Tio was hiding something, Olivia was certain of it. But, today she would concentrate on Career day. Olivia would make sure that everything went as smoothly and safely as possible. She was wrong though, very, very wrong. Lockdown is a fast-paced, intense, and gripping thriller. Once I got to know the unique characters in this complex story, I couldn’t put it down. Thank you, Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
Wow Just wow. Laurie R. King is a very skilled author. I thoroughly enjoy her two series. This sounded like it might be a bit rough for my tastes, but I trust her. I'm glad I did. There is an overarching theme of weaving, with web and weft. Also mosaic, with bits and pieces making up a glorious whole. The structure of the story with its short chapters offering insights into the various character, works to gradually build the final whole picture. It is fascinating and very exciting. I highly recommend it.