Author: Natasha Preston
Publishing Date: March 1, 2014
*as always, no spoilers!*
Summer is a normal teenage girl. She has loving parents, an annoying brother and a perfect boyfriend. Summer is strong willed, spontaneous and life-loving. Her life comes crashing down when she’s abducted by a strange man who keeps calling her Lily and throws her into his cellar. Shockingly, the cellar is clean, furnished and actually beautiful. Not quite what she imagined.
There are three other girls living in the cellar: Poppy, Violet and Rose. The abductor, insists that they adopt their new names and refer to him as Clover. The four girls are meant to keep the cellar spotless. They prepare his meals. They read, watch movies, knit, cook and clean. Those are their duties.
Clover isn’t forgiving when a girl steps out of line. Summer, now Lily, struggles to adapt. She painfully misses her family and refuses to become as subdued as Rose, who has lived in the cellar for years. She tries to remain hopeful, but will she ever see her family and boyfriend again?
The Cellar is told from the perspective of Summer, with chapters sprinkled in from Clover and Lewis, Summer’s boyfriend. The majority of the story takes place in the present, however, there are several chapters from Clover and Summer’s past as well. It was interesting to read about Clover’s background/childhood and how became the mentally unstable man that he is.
Mystery and thriller books are perfect for this time of year; I can devour a good mystery in an afternoon curled up on my couch. I particularly liked the lack of police perspective in this book. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good crime novel; But It was a good change of pace to leave out the police details in this one.
I highly recommend this book if you’re in the mood for a thrill. It’s an easy read but packs a lot of emotion.
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Author: Emma Donahue
About: “To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.” -Goodreads
Author: Chelsea Cain
About: Kick was kidnapped at six years old and rescued five years later. Strangely, her abductor trained her in a number of skills, lock picking and bomb making to name a couple. She returns home with talents, but also PTSD. When more girls go missing, she teams up with a wealthy weapon dealer to find them. She’s eager to help, but will she be able to return to the place she was held hostage for so long?
Movies Like The Cellar
10 Cloverfield Lane
About: On the brink of a global apocalypse, a young woman gets run off the road & crashes her car into the woods. She is rescued by a man but is kept in a cell…chained to the wall. The man explains that the outside world has been affected by a widespread chemical attack and tells the woman she is most safe in his care (an underground, mostly dank, “doomsday”-style bunker). The main female character spends most of the movie wrestling with her reality. Is the world really in an a post-apocalyptic state? Or is her captor really just a twisted psychopathic murderer? Neither being something to hope for.
About: Similar to The Cellar, a girl is abducted and kept with other girls in a room. When their captor comes to visit, they don’t know which of the 23 personalities they are going to get. Will it be the sweet, scared little boy or the violent psychopath version of their abductor?
My Next Read: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
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