Locked Inside

Locked Inside

by Nancy Werlin


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As the orphaned daughter of a wildly successful inspirational singer/author, Marnie Skyedottir stands to inherit great wealth. But until then, Marnie has to survive a dreary life in private school. She endures by escaping into an online role-playing game as much as possible and steering clear of the other students. So when Marnie is kidnapped by someone who also claims to be Skye's daughter, she is worried. With her reclusive tendencies, will anyone even know she's gone? And will her online gaming skills be of any help to her in this real-life drama?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385327008
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 03/01/2000
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.89(w) x 8.63(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nancy Werlin writes YA fiction that ranges from realistic fiction to suspense to fantasy, often breaking the boundaries between genres. Her books have gathered awards too numerous to mention, but including National Book award finalist, Edgar award winner and finalist, New York Times bestseller, L.A. Book Prize finalist, and IndieBound Top Ten. Nancy's first novel, Are You Alone on Purpose, was a Publishers Weekly Flying Start pick.
Of Nancy's suspense fiction, Sarah Weinman says, "Chances are, many of you haven't heard of this author. That would be a shame, because she's simply one of the best crime novelists going right now. Period." These titles are where Nancy habitually breaks genre-separation rules and include The Rules of Survival (a National Book Award finalist), The Killer's Cousin (Edgar award winner), Locked Inside (Edgar award nominee), Black Mirror (which the Washington Post called "an edge-of-your seat thriller"), and Double Helix (named to multiple best-of-year book lists). 
Nancy's unusual fantasy fiction was inspired by the ballad Scarborough Fair and includes the loose trilogy Impossible (a New York Times bestseller), Extraordinary (featuring a rare thing in fantasy fiction: a Jewish heroine), and her personal beloved, Unthinkable. 
For fun, Nancy also writes and draws a graphic memoir in comics, using her Tumblr to self-publish an episode three times a week. 
Her favorite book in all the world is Jane Eyre. 
A graduate of Yale, Nancy lives near Boston, Massachusetts with her husband.

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Locked Inside 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marnie thought she was just going to have a meeting with Skye but things turned out much worse. Marnie was walking down a steep staircase to go and have a meeting with Skye. Marnie had never seen this part of the building and thought it was kind of weird having a meeting were no one else was. When Marnie got downstairs she slowly opened the door to see Skye holding a gun in her hands. As Marnie was sitting there staring at the gun in Skyes hands a whole bunch of questions were going through her head like is she going to kill me? and why does she have a gun? Marnie went over and sat down and listened to what Skye had to say, but when it was time for Skye to leave she didn't take Marnie with her. Instead she left her locked in the room. Now there was only one question to ask. Did she make it out alive? I really liked the whole book, but my favorite part was when she got out of the room and saw Skye standing there with a gun in her hands. That was my favorite part because it left you thinking what will happen next. I don't think I would have changed anything because I think the whole book was really good. I would recommend it to anybody who likes mysteries or thrillers. Because it left you with a whole bunch of questions at the end of each chapter which I think is a really good way to end a story. My rating on the book I would give it a 10 out of 10 because I thought it was a really good book.
ldelprete on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that I thought "Impossible" was much better than this, but overall it was ok. I found Marnie to be quite annoying at times and thought often that she was an unrealistic character. The fact that her inner thoughts took on the persona of her online character was weird. The basic idea of gaming for hours was fine but the fact that she took her characcter into her real life was a little immature and a little crazy too. her relationship with the "elf" was unbelievable. I hated how she resisted him in any type of relationship even when they were trapped and thought they would die. You would think that an event like that would force you to change your outlook. But with that said, I guess that was also the point of the story, that Marnie was unable to engage anyone no matter what and how she eventually allowed herself to open up to people. Overall The beginning and the end of the book made up for the middle, which lacked realism, and for the most part it held my attention.
slightlyfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book's little bits of humor. I swear Marnie cracked me up when she would start rhyming.I thought this book was really creative. When I read this book, I was spending a lot of time on line, much like how Marnie was. I also liked how Max, who was in Killer's Cousin by Nancy Werlin, makes an appearence. I nearly fell off my chair when he came into the story.Nancy Werlin really created a new world for her characters. She has a real touch for creating something real for these fictional characters.
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The_Devils_Advocate More than 1 year ago
This book was thrilling and kept you guessing until the end and even then the ending took you for surprise. The story remained compelling and the characters played their roles perfectly. It was an excellent novel and is a great story for anyone with an interest in the virtual world as well as the world of misunderstood teens who rely on hiding themselves to actually live their lives.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a haunting tale centering around a young and *soon* to be wealthy young woman called Marnie Skyedottir. Marnie is the daughter of the late 'Skye', a spiritual singer and author who was a famous, and even somewhat infamous celebrity who perished in a plane crash when Marnie was eleven years old. Marnie is a student at an elite boarding school but frequently attempts to alienate her classmates and teachers and retreats to a colorful online game called 'Paliopolis' to escape her troubles. She has almost become an expert at the internet game and becomes friends with another Paliopolis gamer simply called the 'Elf', who as the book continues, figures prominently into her real life. However, Marnie is suddenly thrust out of the safe confines of her room and online game, when she is kidnapped by a maniacal chemistry teacher at her school called Leah Slaight. Leah Slaight is utterly obsessed with her late mother and has convinced herself and attempts to convince Marnie that SHE is also the daughter of Skye and Marnie's sister. The bulk of the novel illustrates the terror Marnie experiences being locked in the confines of Leah's dank basement and truly explores the depth of her captor's desolate madness. There is brilliant character development and the story never wavers in its intensity or surprising twists. Will Marnie escape from the insanity of Leah Slaight? Is Leah perhaps telling the truth? You have to read the book to find out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved it! i loved the way she brought back charachters from 'a killers cousin' and i thought i could really relate to Marnie's personality. i think everyone should read this book! i cant wait to read her next novel!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Locked inside was a great book. once again nancey werlin out did herself...the author of the killer's cousin. this book was a page turner and so interesting. two thumbs up lol
Guest More than 1 year ago
Locked Inside by Nancy Werlin is an extremely slow read. It¿s a novel that takes place in modern day Mississippi. The story starts off with a teenage girl that has lost her parents in a terrible plane accident years ago. She now goes to a boarding school where she has been kidnapped, and it tells how her and her friends and family deals with it. Marnie Skyedottir, a sixteen-year-old high school junior, lost her parents when she was only eleven. She attends the boarding school Halsett Academy for Girls because she has chosen not to live in New York with her guardian Max Tomlinson. She refuses to take part in any school related activities, nor does she even go home for holidays. She would much rather just sit in her dark dorm room with her eyes glued to the computer playing internet games and communicating with one of the other players, Elf, for hours at a time. It soon becomes an obsession. She refuses to take part in anything that has anything to with her preppy girls¿ school. Her grades start to fall, and she doesn¿t seem to care. Some of her teachers start to reach out to her, one of which is her Chemistry teacher, Ms. Slaight. Marnie eventually goes in after school to make-up some of her work that she has missed. When she gets there she immediately notices that there is something unusual about Ms. Slaight. She is wearing make up, her hair is fixed, and she has a new dress, and she is in an unusually good mood. She tells Marnie that when she is donewith the test, they have lunch reservations at a very elegant restaurant because she wants them to start over and be friends. Before they even get their food Ms. Slaight revals the whole reason for taking Marnie out. She wants to talk about Marnie¿s mom, Skye. Marnie gets fed up and walks out of the restaurant. Her teacher meets her down the road after getting the car and forces her into the car. She soon stops the car one more time and makes her get out and hits her in the head and knocks her out. When Marnie wakes up she finds herself in a cement cell, alone. This is an extremely boring book. It¿s a very slow read. The main character Marnie spends the first half of the book sitting in front of the computer exercising her fingers. I don¿t think that she ever actually gets up and does anything until chapter 10. It¿s one of those books that you can read forever and just never get into. Nancy Werlin wrote this book intending it to be a suspenseful mystery, but it doesn¿t make you wonder what is going to happen next. This novel is a mystery with no mystery at all. I do not recommend this book to many teenagers. This book has no excitement and really no story line at all. This would not be a book that I recommend anyone to read whether it be for a class project or a rainy day. Locked Inside is altogether a boring book that will be easy to walk away from.