Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Cellar by Natasha Preston

Page Count: 347
Expected Published: March 1, 2014
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre(s): YA, Mystery, Fiction, Horror, Thriller, Contemporary, Sociology, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Source: Paperback
Age Rating: PG-13

Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon


My Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

      When sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson goes missing one night, her family, friends and boyfriend are devastated. Nothing ever happens in Long Thorpe, so the disappearance of a school girl shocks the whole community. The police waste no time in launching a search and investigation, but with nothing to go on and no trace of Summer, hopes of finding her quickly fade.

      Colin Brown, is a thirty-year-old solicitor living alone after the death of his mother. He suffered a traumatic and abusive childhood, and is left with no sense of right or wrong. Desperate for the perfect family, Colin, referring to himself as Clover, turns to drastic measures to get what he wants.


Hey guys!

      I picked this book up to add some variety to what I was reading and to read something that was out of my comfort zone. I do not usually read the thriller genre or mysteries...I suppose I could say that I read some short stories or fanfiction stories that could be considered thrillers, but I haven't read many in the past year. One of the main reasons that I decided upon reading this book was that Natasha Preston is a very popular writter on the fanfiction and creative writing website, Wattpad. I had heard some amazing things about Natasha's writing, and I'm excited to read more of her work.

Things That I Liked: 

  • The whole story is really suspenseful, intense, emotional, and gripping. The characters were really intriguing, and well thought out. 
  • I really liked how the POVs changed back and forth between Summer, Lewis, and Clover. The changing POVs really brought the stories together. 
  • Clover's POV enabled the reader to understand the motives behind Clover's psychotic behavior. 
  • Lewis's POV was very dedicated, and very sweet. I really loved and appreciated his dedication to finding Summer.
  • I also really liked Summer. She wasn't the hero! She was a realistic girl. She was scared, she was freaking out, and she was losing hope. Her behavior was really natural and realistic.
Things I Didn't Like:
  • There was very little involvement with the parents. I would have thought that the parents would be frantic to find Summer, but they weren't...very much...I didn't like it...
    • And on top of that I couldn't tell which of the adults were Summer's parents and which of them were Lewis's parents.
  • I kind of expected the book to be really terrifying, but it was more creepy than scary. I was kind of expecting it to be much scarier, but that doesn't take away from the story. 
  • The thing that turned me off from this book was that the ending fell pretty flat. Her behavior at the end was a bit lacking...I suppose I just expected more of it.
      Overall, this was a pretty good book. If you like psychological thrillers, then you will love this book. The plot was nicely paced, full of suspense, and the characters were really interesting. I'm definitely going to check out the sequel, You'll Always Be Mine. I can't wait to check it out. 

Have a great week everyone!
Happy reading!