The Cellar Minette Walters

cover65226-medium Pub:Random House UK. Cornerstone

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.

3*/5

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