April 06, 2015

@SourcebooksFire 3 Star #Review of The Cellar (The Cellar #1) by @natashavpreston

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…

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—This ripped-from-the-headlines novel reads like an after-school special. In an opening scene, 18-year-old Summer's boyfriend offers warnings about not walking home alone at night, a heavy-handed setup for the protagonist getting snatched off the street a few pages later. The teen's captor renames her Lily and keeps her in his cellar along with three other women. She quickly finds herself trapped in a world of nightmares, subjected to rape, and forced to witness brutal murders. Cluttered by flashbacks and multiple viewpoints, the narrative seems slightly removed from its horrific subject matter. Stronger works with similar focus include Emma Donoghue's Room (Little, Brown, 2010) and Elizabeth Scott's Living Dead Girl (S. & S., 2008).—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA

This one was pretty good. The only reason its getting three stars is because I felt that it was a take it or leave it book. This deals with a girl getting kidnapped finding other girls who also have been kidnapped as well as rape. So if you want to read a book about finding your way back from that then this is the book for you.  For me it was a little to close to home. I have two girls and this is a very real story.  It could happen in real life and it does.  

 Each POV is unique in its own way.  We get all sides of the situation the kidnapper, the kidnapped, and the boyfriend of the kidnapped.  I have to say that the kidnapper's POVs really creeped me out. 

The story itself was a pretty good thriller/mystery.  But the ending fell a little flat. 

 Go Into This One Knowing 
3 POVs, Kidnapping, Rape, Flat Ending 

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