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Locked Doors (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite #2)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  2,262 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
Seven years ago, suspense novelist Andrew Thomas's life was shattered when he was framed for a series of murders. The killer's victims were unearthed on Andrew's lakefront property, and since he was wanted by the FBI, Andrew had no choice but to flee and to create a new identity.
Andrew does just that in a cabin tucked away in the remote wilderness near Haines Junction, Yu
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Minotaur Books
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Nov 01, 2014 Kasia rated it it was amazing
The 2nd installment of the Andrew Thomas series was a serious kick in the pants. The moment you think that everything is okay you get double the punishment in the best way possible. This was such a great read, truly a heck of a ride! I’ve been a Crouch fan for a while now, read a bunch of his works, his single books and his series with J A Konrath and the stuff he wrote with his brother, it’s hard to stay away from this literary titan, the man is genius and delivers beyond what you’d expect and ...more
Jack Haringa
May 20, 2011 Jack Haringa rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Well, the good news is that Blake Crouch's second novel, Locked Doors is a fast read. And it doesn't rely on one of the most aggravating, cliched, lazy devices of the thriller genre which marred his first novel, Desert Places, the repressed memory.

But the fact is that this book, a sequel to first, still has plenty of cliches, predictability, and "idiot plot" moments. And on top of all that, the book reads like a barely fleshed-out screenplay in a whole lot of places. Crouch isn't a terrible writ
Sep 07, 2014 Kasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd installment of the Andrew Thomas series was a serious kick in the pants. The moment you think that everything is okay you get double the punishment in the best way possible. This was such a great read, truly a heck of a ride! I’ve been a Crouch fan for a while now, read a bunch of his works, his single books and his series with J A Konrath and the stuff he wrote with his brother, it’s hard to stay away from this literary titan, the man is genius and delivers beyond what you’d expect and ...more
Jul 14, 2012 Dystopian rated it it was ok
Spoilers in second paragraph.

This author needs an editor who will make him kill his darlings. The darling in question is his strange habit of combining adjectives into one word. For example, it's not a "dark navy sea" it's a "navydark sea." He did it over a hundred times, and it drove me crazy every time. Hard to enjoy a book when there is something like that happening every few pages that makes you feel like you hit a lump of tinfoil in your nice roast beef sandwich every time it happens.

Georgiann Hennelly
Andrew Thomas is a suspense novelist. Seven years ago his life was shattered when he was framed for a series of murders. The killer buried his victims on Andrews lake front property, now wanted by the FBI.Andrew fled and created a new identity.He lives in a cabin tucked away in the remote wilderness of Haines Juntion, Yukon.His only link to society is through e-mail which is how he learns that all the people he ever loved are being stalked and murdered. Culminating in the outer banks of North Ca ...more
Oct 25, 2010 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, thriller
Crouch did it again! Another electrifying tale.

This one started out slightly slower but picked up quickly. When I got to a certain point, I couldn't put it down til I finished. Yes, another all nighter. I love when a book is that suspenseful and thrilling.

Horrors and thrillers are a genre that I think do best in stand alone stories. Crouch has me taking a different view on the subject now. Locked Doors was every bit as raw, shocking and terrifying as Desert Places. And I'm hoping for a #3.

Nov 29, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOCKED DOORS is the sequel to DESERT PLACES and features as a pivotal early piece in the ‘serial universe’ alongside other titles by Crouch and Konrath. Central character, Andrew Z. Thomas returns, the accused novelist now living in hiding is thrust into the dangerous world of serial killers once more when he learns of the re-emergence of Lucifer, a deranged and emotionally detracted killer.

LOCKED DOORS doesn’t have the same polished feel as DESERT PLACES with the second instalment in the Andrew
Sep 06, 2015 Richelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
another amazing book by Blake Crouch! never disappoints! full of action and adventure.. constantly on the edge of your seat and never ever a happily ever after! ended on a huge cliffhanger and of course i just bought and downloaded the 3rd and final book in the Luther Kite trilogy!
a lot of the unanswered questions from
book 1 are answered in book 2! and I'm
hoping for the rest of the million questions I was left with after this one will be answered in book 3!
the way this book was concluded reall
Jacqueline King
Locked Doors was like reading a book by a different author. It was ten times better than Desert Places.

Blake Crouch delivered a stunning suspenseful novel filled with murder and terror. Picking up seven years after the previous novel, Andrew Thomas, worlds unluckiest human being, is drifting through his meager existence until a blast from the past comes roaring back with a vengeance. What follows is a whirlwind race against time to save himself and those he loved and never forgot.

The writing w
Apr 18, 2016 Kim rated it it was ok
Locked Doors is the fourth Blake Crouch book I have read this month and the month is only halfway over, so I obviously like them. I will explain my rating. Blake is a fantastic writer and knows how to start his books off with a bang. I haven't been much of a horror/thriller reader since I was in high school, but he has brought me happily back to the genre after twenty years of non-fiction, Oprah Book Club books, and classic literature. My problem is this...every one of the four books I have read ...more
Sep 27, 2014 Allison rated it it was ok
Implausible and unnecesarily violent. And it didn't end!!! I think there is a third book and I'm bitter. I cannot understand how people gave this book four to five stars when the story is ridiculous, the characters are dull and poorly developed, one of the "shocking" moments has no appropriate back story or follow up and falls flat. I actually groaned and rolled my eyes. If I hadn't have read the Wayward Pines series and loved it, I would never have gotten past these two books of his.
Nov 05, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: andrew-z-thomas
The second visit with Andrew Thomas, doesn't feel like if you missed a gear from third to fourth...this damn thing is leaving rubber from the starting line. This is one scary thriller, with that psycho without a conscious named Luther Kite, seeking revenge. There are some gut-wrenching moments and with a couple of glances to see if my doors were locked....this was a hell of a ride.
Josh Smith
Feb 07, 2016 Josh Smith rated it it was amazing
I'm enthralled with this series. The first book did a phenomenal job of laying the foundation and this followup work just built on everything and turned into a completely mind-bending psychological thriller. It was also nice to have a new protagonist added without it turning into a sappy, annoying, romance piece.

I don't know what happened or what it is but just reading about people who have an infatuation with the darker sides of human nature and following their journey to understanding how fuc
Glenn Conley
Oct 31, 2014 Glenn Conley rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The problem with this book, is it's just the same shit all over again, in different settings. Luther Kite and Orson go around doing their serial killer thing, while Andrew scratches his head and tries to figure it out. Then, Andrew gets captured by one of the killers and oh noes, they're gonna kill him this time, right? No such luck. It's the same story in all these books.

Don't get me wrong, it's still a pretty good book, if you're into the whole serial killer thing, which I am. But come on Blak
Dawn Harris
Sep 22, 2016 Dawn Harris rated it really liked it
This book was a much faster pace than Desert Places and it was quite the ride. I enjoyed this one better than the first and am looking forward to the final installment. My only issue with this was some of the content was just unbelievable at times. Andrew seemed to be superhuman in how he was able to get out of certain situations. He also is incredibly dumb which is surprising considering he is an author of the same type of situations that he is currently finding himself in. I mean really? Andre ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to read it right away when I finished Desert Places. I sure wasn't disappointed!! Very well written. You feel what the characters go through.
Glen Krisch
Oct 26, 2012 Glen Krisch rated it it was amazing
Brutal stuff, by still somehow lyrical. The plotting can make you question the characters, but not enough to sidetrack the propulsive action.
Candice Mckinney
Jul 20, 2015 Candice Mckinney rated it it was amazing
Locked Doors picks up 7 years after Desert Places. Andrew Thomas's life was destroyed 7 years ago by his psychopath twin brother who framed Andrew for murders he did not commit. Andrew has been on the run, living under an alias since. Luther Kite, who was Andrew's brother's accomplice kidnaps people he knows will get Andrew's attention.

I love the fact that most of the story takes place in North Carolina. All of the setting are familiar including the Outer Banks, the ferry and lighthouses. Great
Dec 05, 2014 Jessie rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
I haven't read a thriller in a while and this one was actually pretty good up until the ending. It had a plot twist that I didn't see coming, but then again I tend to be pretty oblivious to the obvious. The author did a good job to make the murders sound gruesome and horrible, but never went into actual details, which can be good for those who are a bit more squeamish. I didn't realize that this is the second in a series and there are two more after this, but honestly this book kept building up ...more
Tere Fredericks
Jul 23, 2016 Tere Fredericks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Jaws Hurt

From not screaming at times. This book is absolutely terrifying, because it rings of truth. If not based on a true story, it could be. Hopefully one day Mr. Crouch will write a prequel for the Kites. So many questions left unanswered, most likely on purpose.

The sheer will power of some of the characters is awesome, in the true definition of the word.

If you like your terror to be suspenseful without knowing who is behind that closed door, this is definitely the next book for you. Th
Pheare Alexander
Oct 24, 2011 Pheare Alexander rated it it was amazing
Lock Doors journeys seven years after the events of Desert Places. Andrew Thomas having been accused of several murders has lost the identity he forged for himself. His reputation is left marred and anyone that can read is left with an image of successful thriller novelist turned rogue serial killer. After several years we find Andrew in his new existence as Vincent Carmichael living in the remote wilderness located just outside of Haines Junction, Yukon. To reconcile his inner demons he begins ...more
Dec 07, 2013 Rose rated it really liked it
After the hell that Andrew Thomas went through in Desert Places, I was pleased to see him living in quiet contentment in the Yukon. A little cabin in the middle of nowhere to sort yourself out is just what the doctor ordered...not to mention a good place to hide out since his brother conveniently planted evidence making it look like he murdered all those people. Unfortunately for Andrew he still cares for people and when he reads in the newspaper that horrible things have happened to people he k ...more
Feb 24, 2010 Darcy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, horror
I found this book much better than the previous one. Andrew this time around is dealing with the fallout of what his brother did to him. He used to be famous for writing thrillers, now he is infamous for being the serial killers who worked out things in his books. Quietly living in Canada in the middle of no where, he is happy to be a cook during the tourist season and continue writing in the winter, where he finally puts to words what happened to him that fateful summer with his brother that fo ...more
Casey Ols
Nov 08, 2011 Casey Ols rated it did not like it
Recently I went to the local book store and wondered through the Fiction section. Closing my eyes I reached for a book and my hand fell a pond Locked Doors. I had never heard of Blake Crouch yet I was quit eager to get home and start reading; after looking over the summary.

How disappointed I was. The story really sounded interesting and I believe it could have been if it was well written. For me if felt like characters and scenes were changing to fast and I often had to look back to mentally or
Apr 26, 2016 Sylvia rated it really liked it

Definite page turner. The first book I have read in this series. Not reading the first one did not make any difference in terms of understanding the characters or plot. There will definitely be more to come with the ending that indicates the protagonist can expect more horrific events. My only complaint is that, to me, there was an excess of violence, particularly in the last chapter. If this taut, imaginative, and thrilling writing is typical of Blake Crouch, he has gained a fan.
May 31, 2015 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Decent followup that focuses much more on Luther; the beginning of the book is excellent and explains Andrews Re-emergence, by the end of the book, things felt a little more serial/obvious (at times, I mentally marked it as a dark Scooby-doo mystery during the last chapters) and came to be expected. The wrap up was good and I'm curious to see the climax. I suppose, I felt the build up couldn't have possibly been done better, but aspects of the ending here felt like overkill.
This book stars seven years after Desert Places; Andrew Thomas thinks he has successfully disappeared and started a new life elsewhere. But Luther Kite, the serial killer his brother trained, has survived and now begins killing people that Andrew was once close to. I didn't find this one quite as riveting as book 1, but it was still very good. I also loved the ending... and then the author's note afterwards that said "What's up with that ending??" haha. ;) I also really liked the character of Vi ...more
Meg McGregor
Aug 24, 2016 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series-i-love
This book was so good that I literally read it in one day!!!!!!

The roller coaster of emotions including shock, repulsion, and an absolute feeling of relief that this was not happening to me- make this a book and a series I will not easily forget.

Our library doesn't have the next book in the series so it may be a while before I can read it.

When the library opens this morning, I'm calling to say if they can order it.
Sep 08, 2016 Lee-Ann rated it really liked it
Great #2 book in this trilogy. The gore continues as Andrew Thomas tries in vain to get rid of that loathful Luther Kite. We meet some new characters, we lose some new characters. Such is life.

I was going to just dive into #3, but apparently Break You is also intertwined with Stirred, the collaboration between Crouch and J.A. Konrath, so I have to plot my course in order to get the full experience :)
Dave Pope
May 30, 2014 Dave Pope rated it really liked it
I preferred this to Desert Places - where I found Desert Places to be a thriller without much of a horror element this one was more up my alley - Luther Kite and his parents are deranged in a kind of Texas Chainsaw Massacre way whereas Orson (the main loony in the previous novel was twisted but kind of dime a dozen). Loved this and have book 3 in the series lined up and ready.
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Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the T ...more
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