Book review: The Cellar

Minette Walters

Hammer, €19.50; ebook, €10.99

Review: Phil Robinson

Minette Walters takes us into the dark and chilling world of child abduction, imprisonment, and slavery in her latest novel, The Cellar.

Muna’s earliest memories are of a children’s home, until the day a stranger appeared claiming to be her aunt. From that day forward Muna’s life would change forever.

Kept as a slave by the Songoli family, Muna is restricted in all parts of her life, not given access to education, and treated with no respect, especially late at night by Mr Songoli in her room in the cellar.

The story is told through Muna’s eyes, and you get the impression that she’s not that uneducated.

When the Songolis’ son goes missing, a chain of events occur that see the downtrodden, ill-treated Muna finally turn the tables on her captors.

Walters’ sometimes graphic prose left me feeling uneasy, but the story moves at a quick enough pace to make this an enjoyable read.


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