This graphic novel series officially became my favourite series after only the first book! Locke & Key (yes, that's L-O-C-K-E... it's the last name of the family in the story) is written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. When the father in the Locke family is murdered, the mother moves in with her brother-in-law in the Locke family home, known as Keyhouse, in Lovecraft with her three children: Bode, Kinsey, and Tyler. This house is no ordinary house, however, which the children soon find out. They find magical keys hidden all over the property. Each key does something different when a door is unlocked with it. For example, one key turns the person who passes through the door into a ghost while another key can transport the person anywhere. There is a mysterious person who is also after the keys and will stop at nothing to attain all of the keys for their own evil plan.
I really loved this series because of all of the mystery and emotion in the story. People are hurt and people die but there is a lot of love in the story as well, the love of family and the love of friends. The writing and illustrations are excellent and I especially enjoyed the smooth and interesting transitions to other scenes, using words or objects related to both the last scene and the new scene to connect the two. This is a great series that is definitely worth reading in its entirety. I'm so glad that I borrowed all of the books from the library at once instead of taking out one at a time.