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The Haunting of Locker 31

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A contemporary romance disguised as a not very scary horror story, this book has some trouble working out what it wanted to do.

This is a book that was never quite sure what its plot wanted to be, hovering somewhere closer to a contemporary romance, before remembering that it was supposed to be a horror story and adding a new element of horror to its pages.


It was not a bad book, I actually really enjoyed the story of Misti, who is forced to leave her mentally ill mother, and finds herself in the care of her aunt's family, who embrace her wholeheartedly and give her the life she's always dreamed of, a sister figure, friends, a safe home environment.


The story of Lily, who was murdered and had the same locker that Misti gets, leaving Misti her diary to find her killer, is little more than a side note for the majority of the book. It's not particularly scary, the moments of the writing on the mirror and the locker padlock spinning were pretty tropey and I feel like I would have enjoyed this book more had those been taken out.


I did not enjoy the ending, unfortunately, the conclusion was very rushed compared to the slow pace of the rest of the book, with the reveal and conclusion happening in a couple of pages at most. Characters' actions at the end of the book made very little sense and it felt like they were forced into saying or doing things in order to close the book faster.

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About the author

Deidre Bjorson lives in Colorado with her husband and their 3 fur babies. When she is not writing, she spends her time camping, fishing, paddle boarding, hiking or simply enjoying the sunshine. The Haunting of Locker 31 is her debut novel. view profile

Published on July 17, 2020

70000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Young Adult

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