Sabrina’s Book Corner: Perfect Flowers

Hello, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner! This week we are going to be discussing The Cellar by Natasha Preston.

The Cellar revolves around the kidnapping of a young woman named Summer. Summer was on her way to hang out with some friends when she was approached by a man who seemed to mistake her for another girl named Lily. The next thing Summer knows, she is locked in the cellar of the man’s house, along with three other girls.

At first, Summer wants to assume that there has been some mistake because her name’s not Lily, but she is forced to face the truth when she finds out the other girls’ names: Rose, Poppy, and Violet. 

These are not their real names but, like her, the other girls were renamed after flowers when they were taken. The only difference between Summer and the other girls is that Summer has a family and boyfriend who are searching desperately for her. Rose, Poppy, and Violet were all orphans when they were taken.

Determined to find a way out, Summer begins to plan her escape. She refuses to be broken by her kidnapper and holds onto hope of a rescue. The other girls advise Summer not to be rebellious, but she doesn’t listen, until Violet tries to stand up for her and is killed for it. Summer refuses to give up hope, but how long can she survive in the cellar?

The Cellar definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is not a book for the faint of heart, but mystery and thriller fans won’t be able to put it down.

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

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