Locke & Key Vol. 2 by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez

L_K_HG Rating: ★★★★★

Blurb taken from goodreads.com:

“Following a shocking death that dredges up memories of their father’s murder, Kinsey and Tyler Locke are thrown into choppy emotional waters, and turn to their new friend, Zack Wells, for support, little suspecting Zack’s dark secret.

Meanwhile, six-year-old Bode Locke tries to puzzle out the secret of the head key, and Uncle Duncan is jarred into the past by a disturbingly familiar face.

Open your mind – the head games are just getting started.”

I think I enjoyed this even more than the first. With the world and the concepts fully established Hill was able to put down whatever amazing ideas floated into his head (or were stuffed into his head?). The idea of this magical house continues to be built upon with this book, adding new ideas and also some new history to the story.

I still adore the characters, especially Kinsey, who came into her own in this one. I didn’t feel that this one was quite as dark as the first- there was plenty of violence, but it was a bit removed from the characters and made for a slightly easier read.

I can’t wait to see what magical keys he comes up with next!

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