The Cellar by Natasha Preston is the first book by this author that I have heard so much about. This wasn’t her best-rated book on Goodreads, in fact it had much lower ratings than all her other books. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and if this is one of her worst, then I can’t wait to see what’s in store as I binge-read through her collection!
“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…”Goodreads
The book is told from the perspective of the protagonist Summer, her boyfriend Lewis and the kidnapper, Colin. It is the first in the series which is why there are a few loose ends at the end. The next book in the series is You’ll Always be Mine.
What I Loved
The plot was amazing and original. Although the idea of a kidnapper isn’t unique, this set-up is different from anything I expected. Other than the great plot, I loved how fast-paced this book was. It was truly hard to put it down. Although I love a nice clean ending that wraps everything up, there were some unanswered questions. Lucky for me, the sequel is already out so I don’t have to wait.
What I Didn’t Love
The protagonist, Summer, is a typical teenage girl. She changes and grows a lot throughout the book but despite this, she wasn’t a likable character for me. I felt more sympathetic towards her boyfriend, Lewis. Although his chapters were a lot less exciting than those of Summer and Colin.
While the ending was satisfactory, it felt a little bit rushed compared to the rest of the book. Similarly to Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10. Also, I wish that we knew a little more about what exactly happened. It seemed like a lot of the action was skipped. Although who knows, maybe we learn more about it in the next book?
The Cellar by Natasha Preston Summary
The Cellar by Natasha Preston was a great book and I am glad it was my first by this author. I am looking forward to reading more and I have already ordered the sequel, You’ll Always Be Mine. You can buy a copy of The Cellar on Amazon using this link.
These are some other books by Natasha Preston that you may want to check out:
- The Cabin by Natasha Preston
- The Twin by Natasha Preston
- The Lost by Natasha Preston
- Awake by Natasha Preston
- Silence by Natasha Preston
- Players, Bumps and Cocktail Sausages by Natasha Preston
- Silent Night by Natasha Preston
- Save Me by Natasha Preston
- Lie to Me by Natasha Preston
- You Will be Mine by Natasha Preston
- Reliving Fate by Natasha Preston
- Covert by Natasha Preston
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