The Cellar by Natasha Preston *review*

I have been on a spooky/creepy read kick this month and I promptly added The Cellar to the list after hearing some good reviews.  The premise is certainly scary, young girls being kidnapped and kept against their will by a psychopath, and while at times the character development seemed to lack a bit, I did enjoy the overall story.  I rated this one 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Synopsis

Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out….

My Experience 

Natasha doesn’t waste any time diving into the thick of it in this book.  Things get going from chapter one and I was immediately hooked.  I was so creeped out the whole time that things like this actually do occur in our world and imagining what I would do or be like if I were in Summer’s position.  Clover is just so complex and strange.  I liked hearing from his point of view as the story went on, oddly enough, because I wanted to know what made him this way and what caused him to act the way he does, kidnap, kill, etc. I finished this book only a few hours after I started and really enjoyed how quick paced it was and how it touched on a topic that isn’t often written about.

For what I didn’t like; the character development was lacking and the ending seemed rushed and too neatly wrapped up.  It was interesting to be in Clover’s head, but at the same time I felt that we never learned any real reason behind why he became the way he was, I wanted more from his back story.  I also would have liked to see more of a personality from Summer.  Part of me understands she is young and being kidnapped will probably lead to someone her age crying a lot and thinking about her family and boyfriend.  Yet at times I wanted her to kind of gather more strength and fight harder and not always go cry in a corner. For how strong willed the author made her come across I felt there was a surprising lack of action on these thoughts.  By the end Summer had gone through so much it was heartbreaking.  How does anyone even deal with the aftermath of something like that?  I know the author couldn’t really explore the psychological obstacles after an event like this without adding another 100 pages to the book, but I still think Summer seemed too fine at the end like nothing really happened to her.

In the end, I devoured this book and was completely absorbed in the story.  I would have loved for the writing to have been a bit better and more developed but this book fit perfectly in my creepy reads for the month.  I recommend this for anyone wanting to add a quick read that will certainly deliver the chills!!


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