Book Reviews

The Cellar: Book Review

By on December 1, 2017

Honestly, I only purchased The Cellar because I shared a name with one of the characters. I am not a YA book reader and The Cellar is part of the reason why. Natasha Preston put some hard work into this book and I think that’s great because it shows skill and dedication. However, I feel as if this book would have been better suited as a short story or maybe a screenplay for a “made-for-TV-movie”.

***Everything Is A Spoiler***

A serial killer, with some mommy issues, kidnaps four females and refers to them as his flowers. These women are forced to live out the killer’s fantasy of a “family” down in his cellar for years. During their captivity The Flowers witness numerous murders inside the cellar along with continual abuse from their captor.  But wait…one of the flowers has a boyfriend and he will stop at nothing to find her. This kid (because he’s only 19) breaks into houses and punches suspects all for the love of his high school sweetheart. The boyfriend finally figures out who may be responsible and gets the police involved to make an arrest. The end.

Okay, so maybe that was a bit harsh and bitter on my part but I was expecting a page turner from the synopsis on the back cover. I found it extremely hard to believe this killer was able to pull of the perfect murder EVERY time.(I mean, even Dexter slipped up sometimes.) The way he stabbed every woman in the stomach and they almost instantly died…I shook my head every time. I think the backstory of every flower was unnecessary and the memories of Lily (Summer) were irrelevant. No way could those smart women not be able to find something in that cellar to take out the serial killer. The flashbacks were a bit confusing (This being after I just completed IT.) and there were some vital inconsistencies. At the end Lily (Summer) finds herself more drawn to the relationship with the other flowers than her actual family. Now, I do understand there are cases where the trauma endured during captivity could have that affect on the victim but we’re talking about writing a good book. Actually, that was probably the most realistic part of The Cellar, although, probably not the most favorable. The boyfriend fought dragons for this woman and she feels nothing for him now. Really, this actually isn’t a horrible book. It’s an easy read and I would recommend it maybe as a beach read. I give this 2 out of 5 stars mainly because I expected a more suspenseful book.

(I put little effort into this photo. But this is actually what my dining room table looks like right now.)