Source: Public Library
Paperback, 144 pgs.
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Locke & Key: Head Games Vol. 2 by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, continues the story and reveals even more of the house’s secrets. There are more keys, even ones that can crack open your head — what’s inside some of these kids’ brains will unsettle you. Memory and imagination meld together in their minds to create even more gruesome threats. Tyler, Bode, and Kinsey are excited to find the key that opens their minds, and like many teens, they abuse the magical key.
Without fear Kinsey becomes less emotional and eager to face danger, but will that lead to her death? Tyler is happily using the magic to get ahead with girls and schools, while Bode is left on the sidelines. But sharing these secrets of the house and its keys could be the most detrimental of all. The illustrations are fantastic, realistic, and engaging. There is so much to take in visually, as well as through the text.
Locke & Key: Head Games Vol. 2 by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, is a solid series with many secrets yet to be revealed. The dark forces are still making their way out of the depths of the well and the house, but these kids are blissfully unaware that the keys they find can be used for evil. While they believe the danger has subsided, readers will soon realize that this is only the beginning and that these kids may be left on their own in the battle of their lives.
About the Author:
Hill’s first book, the limited edition collection 20th Century Ghosts published in 2005 by PS Publishing, showcases fourteen of his short stories and won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection, together with the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection and Best Short Story for “Best New Horror”. In October 2007, Hill’s mainstream US and UK publishers reprinted 20th Century Ghosts, without the extras published in the 2005 slipcased versions, but including one new story.
About the Illustrator: