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Lockwood & Co., Book Five The Empty Grave Hardcover – September 12, 2017
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What I wish they had more of was character moments. There were some wonderful moments between Lockwood and Lucy, especially the scene in the graveyard. However, they were far and few inbetween. Most of the book was focused on what was happening or what was going to happen next, giving very little time for anything else. While that wasn't exactly a bad thing, I just wish more time was given to just have these quiet moments with the characters.
The thing that disappointed me the most was that this was the last book. There were so many unanswered questions, so many plot threads left hanging, so many more things they could do with the world and characters. And while they ended it on a very satisfying conclusion, I couldn't help but feel like the story didn't really end. I dont want to leave these characters or this world. I dont want to imagine what happens. I want to read it. But, i'll never get that chance. Although the glimmer of hope that this wasn't the last book was there, as the US marketing team went out of their way to never mention that this was the conclusion, the UK copy of the book clearly says the "Series Finale" on the cover.
However, I dont regret the journey or reading these books. The characters are wonderful, the world is terrifying but in a thrilling way, the mysteries and connections are fun to follow. There's humor and heartfelt moments. There's great character interaction and development. They always leave you wanting to read more in the end.
This is a great book series that I recommend to everyone and is, by far, one of my favorite series of all time. I'm just sad to see it end when there is so much more still left to tell.
I'm not going to give a summary - what fun would that be? You need to read it for yourself - but what I can say is that it was worth the sacrifice of a whole night of lost sleep to finish reading!
1) We never got to find out the Skull's true name/identity - despite Lucy's huge leap of faith and sacrifice of trust. And: will he ever come back, or has he moved on for good? I rather thought he was going to be part of the Lockwood & Company team ... however now we have to wait and see (not one of my best attributes - patience).
2). We never found out who is Holly's love interest, since she admitted to Lucy that Lockwood "isn't my type" (Is it Quill Kipps? Or maybe the gal [unnamed] who works at DEPRAC that is rumored to be her new roommate? Perhaps even Inspector Barnes? Or maybe Lucy herself? One thing I'm fairly certain - it's not Flo Bones, as she is already taken (and smitten) ... due to her obvious hygiene issues, and Holly's famed neatness I don't think it would work (no matter how brilliant she used to be).
3) Who will move into the newest guest bedroom that used to belong to Jessica? Will it be Quill? Flo? Holly? The Skull as a human again?
4) Could The Skull (if he was human again) take Lucy from [Anthony] Lockwood?
These questions, and a whole lot more await answers in the impatiently awaited book #6 ...
🎶 Dah! Dah! Dahhhhhh! 🎶
If you have read the first four, then you are already diving into this one. In fact, there really doesn't need to be a review. At least not to try and persuade anyone to read the book.
I both loved and dreaded reading this book. Loved it because it is so well-written, and the world so well-defined, and the characters so well-loved and developed and real. Dreaded because this is the end. According to Stroud, there will be no more Lockwood books. And in The Empty Grave, he does, indeed, weave all of his plots to a close. We learn for certain why The Problem (ghosts popping up all over London) has started. We face off against evil, we go through trials and tribulations, and by the end of the book, there are no more mysteries to uncover.
Except... there are plenty! I don't want to give spoilers, but I was very, very put out that one mystery, in particular, was never solved to this reader's satisfaction. It was like Stroud wanted to keep one little tidbit up his sleeve and leave us all wanting more of something that he says there will never be.
So the 5-arc story of Lockwood does, indeed, come to an end. And now all that is left is to pick up the first book and start all over.