I don't usually read thrillers. I mean, Karen McManus books are my jam, but I tend to lean towards the soft, fluffy, comforting stories than the ones that leave you checking under your bed before turning out the light.
Natasha Preston changed all that.
After reading The Cellar (her New York Times bestselling novel) I burned through two more of her stories (The Cabin and The Twin) within a couple of weeks. She has converted me, and it all started with the Cellar.
Here is the blurb (courtesy of GOODREADS):
Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out….
It is every girls greatest nightmare. Being kidnapped by a psycho, determined to make you into someone else to satisfy his needs. Preston wove a chilling, twisting tale told through multiple points of view, giving you a glimpse of the complete experience from everyone involved.
Trigger warnings, however: rape, abuse, psychological manipulation and more, his story stays with you long after you finish for various reasons.
Overall, it was a great read, twisty and thrilling, and it's easy to see how it ended up on the NYT list.