Natasha Preston is the author of SILENCE and BROKEN SILENCE, as well as a handful of other teen romance/thrillers. Preston currently resides in the UK and is a young, up-and-coming author. THE CELLAR is a real treat for avid mystery and thriller fans; the storyline pulls you inside the world of a madman and the women he preys on.
Sixteen-year-old Summer lives in a small town and she loves her boyfriend Lewis unconditionally. Her friend throws a party one night but Lewis can’t attend; he isn’t too keen on the idea of Summer travelling alone at night, either. She reassures him it will be OK and tells him not to worry.
"There is never a dull moment in THE CELLAR and Preston constantly has you guessing what will happen next."
But as she walks through the woods, a tall man who Summer has never seen before steps out of the darkness and asks, “Lily?” Summer makes it clear that her name isn’t Lily, but the man doesn’t listen and repeats, “Lily, you are my Lily.” Then, he grabs Summer, muffles her screams with his hand and throws her into the back of his truck. When she comes to, she realizes she is in a fully furnished basement with four vases; three are filled with flowers and the fourth is empty. Summer also notices that she isn’t the only person down there --- three other women who are dressed the same are surrounding her. “Good night, flowers,” the man says to all four women, then walks up the stairs and bolts the basement door shut.
THE CELLAR is a page-turner and is filled with non-stop action. The story is told through three different characters’ perspectives. There is never a dull moment in THE CELLAR and Preston constantly has you guessing what will happen next.
Reviewed by Sheena Kowalski on March 5, 2014