Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
(March 1, 2014)
My stomach dropped as a tall, dark-haired man stepped into view. Had he been hiding between the trees?
"No. Sorry." Gulping, I took a step back. "I'm not Lily."He shook his head, a satisfied grin on his face. "No. You are Lily."
"I'm Summer. You have the wrong person." I could hear my pulse crashing in my ears. How stupid to give him my real name. He continued to stare at me, smiling. It made me feel sick."You are Lily," he repeated.Before I could blink, he threw his arms forward and grabbed me. I tried to shout, but he clasped his hand over my mouth, muffling my screams. My heart raced. I'm going to die. 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...
- I really liked Summer's relationship with her boyfriend, it was adorable reading the flashbacks. I smiled and giggled at two parts. Lewis seems like the perfect boyfriend. He was my favorite character in the book. This book has three alternating POV'S: Summer, Lewis, and Clover/Colin which I thought was great because we get to see the victim's side, the boyfriends, and the psychopaths.
- I didn't understand the psychopath's strange obsession with flowers besides his deceased mother who liked flowers. He has actual flowers at home in the forms of Rose, Poppy, Violet, and Lily. He even refers to the four girls by that particular names too. He calls himself Clover which is strange. He's clearly an educated man, his thinking of why the flowers, the actual flowers (not the girls) are dying is unreasonable. If flowers do not receive proper sunlight, they die. There is clearly a biological explanation for it! I don't understand why he doesn't know or ignores it. Psychopaths are usually smart. You cannot deny science.
- The Cellar isn't that dark with explicit details, but it has a disturbing topic. There were some intense gruesome scenes, but they were bearable, and I strangely felt okay unlike I did with American Psycho. I had really high hopes for this book. I liked the concept, and I thought it had some potential but I felt let down. Clover was completely insane and stupid.
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- It was engrossing, and I wanted to know what happened next, but it wasn't exactly well written. Also, this is one of the few kidnapping/abducted novels where the female does not develop Stockholm syndrome, which I thought was great. She has positive feelings for the girls she was with in the house, but not towards the captor.
- There were four other girls with Clover, they weren't in a complete cell or a dungeon. They were in a giant, comfortable room. They weren't handcuffed or tied up in case they tried to run. They were free to move. There was a door that caged them in though. They had no weapons in the house, and no closed windows. I don't understand how four women together could not take down one man. He was lean, not big at all. I figured none of them could really fight that much. Cling to his legs, pull out his hair, gouge his eyes out, put salt in his eyes, do something! If they all worked together or even just three of them, they could have clearly took him down. He didn't carry weapons with him when he was around the girls. As much as I enjoyed reading this novel, I felt it was unrealistic and disappointing.
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Disclosure: Review Copy was sent free of charge from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review.
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