‘The Cellar’ by Natasha Preston

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' "Lily?"

My stomach dropped as a tall, dark-haired man stepped into view. Had he been hiding between the trees?

"No. Sorry." Gulping, I took a step back. "I'm not Lily."

He shook his head, a satisfied grin on his face. "No. You are Lily."

"I'm Summer. You have the wrong person." You utter freak!

I could hear my pulse crashing in my ears. How stupid to give him my real name. He continued to stare at me, smiling. It made me feel sick.

"You are Lily," he repeated.

Before I could blink, he threw his arms forward and grabbed me. I tried to shout, but he clasped his hand over my mouth, muffling my screams. My heart raced. I'm going to die. '


Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper - Clover - with several other girls. The kidnapper changed the names of the girls to names of flowers - Lily, Poppy, Rose and Violet. They're all forced to participate in a sickening little show, pretending to be the kidnapper's family, following his bizarre rules and silently taking the physical and mental abuse.

I had a very hard time putting the book down. For me it was one of these books that suck you into its world. You might say it's nothing special, well written but definitely not a masterpiece, not too original - another serial killer - and I will agree with you. The writing is really simple, it's missing physical descriptions of the characters, we don't really know how they look like. However, we do know exactly how the basement looks like, I could almost smell the lemon scent of the cleaning detergent.

I really liked the fact that the story was told in three alternating voices: Summer's/Lily's, Lewis (Summer's boyfriend) and Collin's/Clover's (the kidnapper) and everything exchanges between the present and certain times in the past.

The most disturbing and creepy scene in the entire book is when he watches a movie with Summer and softly strokes her hair the entire time. I truly felt disguised while reading this part and imaging myself being her, sitting on that couch.

This book just sucked me in and the more I read the more I wanted to keep reading to see what was going to happen next!

Overall, I thought this was a really good story. Well-plotted, full of suspense and intensity, emotional and gripping.

"Everything that frightened me before just seemed so stupid now. Once you'd lived your own personal horror movie, nothing else measured up.'
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