The Cellar

The Cellar

A Novel

Book - 2015
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The terrifying new novel from bestselling crime writer Minette Walters, award-winning author of The Chameleon's Shadow and The Sculptress

"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 mistreated 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 smarter--and her plans more terrifying--than the Songolis, or anyone else, could ever imagine. . .

"Walters takes the suspense novel into new territory." --THE NEW YORK TIMES

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd,, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781443448949
Branch Call Number: FICTION WAL
Characteristics: 177 pages ; 22 cm


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sit_walk Dec 06, 2018

Dark, dark, dark -- not quite a horror book, but almost. Breakneck pace and a great story!

Oct 02, 2018

This is a fantastic novel from an author whose works range all over the field of writing genres. Told from the point of view of a fascinating African immigrant, the character study is a work of a great literary talent. It is one of those books that I, and likely others, can say it was hard to put it down. Highly recommended.

Jul 10, 2018

Gripping. Read it in one night. Just had to know what happened.

Fascinating read. I imagine it created quite a stir in UK when published as the 'crime' is rooted in some of the least desirable aspects of some immigrant family values. It was also interesting how the family looked askance at the help being offered by the white neighbours and social services.

Sep 25, 2017

Shows us what happens when vulnerable people are pushed to the edge. I found myself rooting for the perpetrator in this one. I liked it better than her other thicker books.

Jul 17, 2017

5 stars!!!!!!!!!! Awesome book !

Aug 25, 2016

Walter's books are always dark and twisty. This one is no exception. I was worried because the book is so slim, but it packs a wallop just as her bigger books do.

Aug 17, 2016

Very Interesting Read... Muna treated horribly.. Exacting revenge,on a truly messed up family... And always playing the role of a truly slow minded little girl...

Jun 17, 2016

If you like a story about revenge, which I certainly do, you'll enjoy this very well told tale of a young girl stolen from an orphanage, abused and treated as a slave, and how she turns the tables. Very satisfying.

dairyqueen Mar 30, 2016

Engaging story.

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