• Natalia Khiev

Book Review: The Cellar by Natasha Preston

Updated: Apr 22

In the novel “The Cellar” author Natasha Preston starts the story off in Long Thrope, England. The town is described as a place where nothing exciting or interesting happens. Therefore when 16-year-old Summer Robinson suddenly disappears, the town is incredibly startled. Beginning from Summer’s point of view, readers are introduced to her boyfriend Lewis, her brother Henry, and the rest of her family before she leaves to go out with her friends, deciding to walk alone. When she arrives, Summer is told that one of her friends ran off after getting into an argument with her boyfriend, so naturally they both go out looking, but they eventually split up. Summer once again is walking alone, but this time she is approached by a strange man calling her “Lily.” He kidnaps her, and this introduces his persona, “Clover,” into the story. Summer is forced to live under the name “Lily,” and she finds out that she isn’t the only one he’s taken a hold of. Clover has created his own secluded family, and she is now a part of it.


The Cellar is a novel full of mystery and thrills that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I personally really enjoy this genre; I can’t stress enough how invested I was into the plot, so much so that I finished the book in one day. It was very interesting how Preston styled this novel because it takes place from three points of views: Summer’s, Clover’s, and Lewis’s, giving readers the chance to experience the emotions of the kidnapped, kidnapper, and those looking. It’s written to make readers feel included, like they are a part of the world.


Overall, I definitely recommend that you take up this read if you are into the mystery/thriller genres. I rate this novel 5/5 because it is full of the unexpected, and will always keep your attention.


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