Review: The Cellar by Natasha Preston


The Cellar by Natasha Preston

Release Date: March 1, 2014

Length: 360 pages

For months Summer is trapped in a cellar with the man who took her—and three other girls: Rose, Poppy, and Violet. His perfect, pure flowers. His family. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out…

The Cellar is about a 16 year old girl named Summer who was kidnapped by a man. Colin has longed for a perfect family since his mother died and he has his own issues with society. The book begins with Summer feeling unhappy with her appearance and being totally in love with her boyfriend and not exactly grateful for her parents. Summer leaves the house to attend a gig. She meets up with her friend and they get separated leaving Summer by herself walking through the park. Soon she hears a man call her Lily and he kidnaps her. Summer’s life will not be the same for months.

While locked in his cellar, Summer meets three other girls in which he named Poppy, Rose, and Violet. Summer was the last girl he had to kidnap to complete his family and she is Lily now. Quickly Summer learns that Colin is more than a kidnapper. He is a man of dark secrets that haunt him every day.

While reading this book I thought it had a lot of potential. The concept is great, but I think it was poorly written. It wasn’t terrible, but it could have been better. The organization was off and the book was longer than it should have been. I do not like when characters have their own chapters representing their points of view. The reader was able to see Colin’s point of view which I think was great, but it should have covered more. Summer and her boyfriend, Lewis had their own chapters as well. I think it would have been better if the author limited the point of views to Summer and Lewis or Summer and Colin.

Summer went from viewing herself as something that needs to be worked on to be seen as perfect when she was locked in Colin’s cellar. Again, I get the story the author was trying to tell. However, it was written in a way that left a lot of gaps and a little awkward to read because of it. The last two chapters weren’t needed. It took away from the ending. I would have liked for the girls to get their own revenge on Colin, but they didn’t. They were overpowered until the end. The author failed to mention what exactly happened when Summer and the girls were found. Who found them? What happened after Summer lost her senses? How did one of the girls die? Why did the girls not eventually know why Colin was doing it in the first place? If it didn’t take so long to get to the climax, I would have better feelings about this book. By the time the reader would have gotten to the climax, they would have lost interest because there was too much backstory and not enough of what was going on presently. I wish more moments in this book were more developed than they were.

Would I recommend this book to read? No. I would not recommend it solely because I believe it was poorly written and unorganized. If you just want something to read to pass the time, then give it a try. I did like Summer’s feisty personality and the love she shared with Lewis. That could have been the book itself. Honestly, I wish it was the book.



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