Patterson and Swierczynski
(Revolver) bring readers/listeners another Bookshot
mystery. The storyline is aimed at young adults and up. The
main character is the twenty-five-year-old Tricia (Trish)
Celano. She never leaves her apartment building because she’s
allergic to the sun and fears the dark. Her only view of the
outside is through a drone she dubbed Amelia. Amelia is live
feed only and can be viewed through Tricia’s cellphone.
The Shut-In opens with Tricia’s young voice sharing
her story. She tells us where Amelia goes and gives us the
lay of the land, so to speak. She talks about her neighbors,
including the neighbor she has a crush on. One day, Tricia
sees a woman murder a homeless man. She uses Amelia to spy
on the murderer, which has the killer (Mrs. Archer) hunting
down Amelia. The Shut-in quickly moves away from
a depressing intro to an edge-of–the-seat ride as, Tricia,
trapped in her fears, is forced to expand her horizons and
overcome her anxieties to save herself, as well as others.
Caitlin Greer (Relentless Series / Hush Hush Saga)
and Kevin T Collins (Lone Survivor, Beautiful Creatures)
successfully bring Tricia and the villainous Mrs. Archer to
life. Greer’s narration of Tricia makes her sound younger
than twenty five, giving her that little girl lost characteristic.
The narration of Mrs. Archer gave me chills.