Muna’s fortunes changed for the better on the day that Mr and Mrs Songoli’s younger son failed to come home from school.’
Before then her bedroom was a dark windowless cellar, her activities confined to cooking and cleaning. She’d grown used to being maltreated by the Songoli family; to being a slave.
She’s never been outside, doesn’t know how to read or write, and cannot speak English.
At least that’s what the Songolis believe.
But Muna is far cleverer – and her plans more terrifying – than the Songolis, or anyone else, can ever imagine …
From the first chapter where you learn that Muna has been kidnapped (not a spoiler) The Cellar has you in its vice like grip. It is a steady build up of terror, intrique and suspense and then it lets you down.
The Cellar is just a short story which I read in 3 hours and I was absolutely glued to the portrayal of Muna and her ghastly life, kept as a slave, abused, sexually and physically by all, and her eventual awakening and revenge.
I have never read a Minette Walters book before and although this one will not put off, as I have heard that usually her stories are brilliant and interesting, I am now fully aware that just because a book has a ‘big name’ attached to it, doesn’t necessarily mean that it will a good one.
Having said that The Cellar, up to a certain point is a fascinating tale, I just think that the ending let it down and this is what was disappointing for me.