Review: Things You Can’t Take by Erin Lockwood

We’re celebrating the release of THINGS YOU CAN’T TAKE by Erin Lockwood! 




 Psychological Fiction

Stand Alone




How far would you go for your best friend….

Abigail and Kessia have a bond that can’t be broken. Challenged, maybe, but never broken. Growing up in the entertainment industry, Kessia protected Abigail in many ways through their childhood. Even going as far as hiding the fact that she was being harassed. But when something devastating happens to Kessia, Abigail feels responsible – and worse, out of control.


You can read Erin’s inspiration for the book here–> Erin’s Inspiration

Don’t miss her inspirational letter–> Erin’s Letter



Things You Can’t Take is not what I expected. I can’t even tell you what I expect—aside from originality and mystery—since I don’t remember reading the blurb before signing up to review it. I saw Erin Lockwood’s name and I signed up faster than you can say go. I know her books are original and out of my comfort zone so I expect that but I got a beautiful and heartbreaking book about sexual assault, Hollywood, friendship, sisterhood, bravery and heartbreaking reality.

Abigail and Kessia meet on the set of a TV commercial when they were six years old. That’s when the book starts. And that’s when their friendship begins. Through the book we can see them grow up together, at sixteen years old, then twenty-two and so on. We can see how their friendship becomes stronger through the years. We see Abigail become an incredibly famous actress and we see Kessia by her side supporting her every step of the way, never jealous and always looking proud of her best friend. We then see how Kessia distances herself from Abigail and their relationship crumbles for a couple of years. The reason for Kessia’s sudden disappearance from Abigail’s life drives Abigail to do something that could change her life forever.

I’ve never read a story about friends as close as Abigail and Kessia. They are the meaning of “as thick as thieves”. They talk about everything (well almost everything), they have fun together and they protect each other at all costs. They are different and yet it kind of feels like they are the same person. It is impossible not to love them. I don’t think you’ll ever find a friendship like theirs in any other book.

This book talks about sexual assault. It creates awareness. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about this topic, I’ve only read books that create mental health awareness and I think the world really needs this book. It is so real is sad and maddening. It drove me to tears and it made me want to punch something (or someone) in the face for being so heartless. But most importantly it made me want to change and DO something. Help someone. Listen to everyone who has something to say.

I hope with all my heart y’all read this book. It is worth reading. I honestly can’t tell y’all how much I loved it. It’ll steal a piece of your heart and hopefully it changes you and makes you want to create more awareness. 


5 / 5 flowers



Erin Lockwood grew up in Castro Valley, California and attended the University of Oregon, where she graduated in 2003 with a degree in journalism. From there she moved to Denver and spent the next seven years searching for the love of her life and building the family of her dreams.

It wasn’t long until, with children starting preschool and more time on her hands, Erin refocused on her career, beginning with a successful entry into the world of residential real estate as a Realtor. Free time was spent reading book after book (and binge-watching the subsequent films) in the New Adult genre. Feeling hopelessly in love with her husband, she wrote him a short story leading up to their fifth wedding anniversary. That’s when she discovered her tireless passion to share her experience of falling in love through fictional characters. That story evolved into the first novel in the Angles trilogy.

Erin still lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Phil, and their three children.





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