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  • Cellar

  • By: Karen E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Rayna Cole
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Something's not quite right about the neighborhood of Woodland Heights. Five years ago six children disappeared in this suburban heaven. When Laura Wagner moves into a house that had been vacant for most of those five years, this something comes alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Was a big fan of the book.

  • By Mo. E. on 08-31-15

Cellar is a terrifying an excellent read!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-15

Admittedly, I try to avoid most media in the horror genre (my real life is scary enough!), but I do read (and listen) regularly, and had to try Cellar based on the very strong recommendation of a close friend. I was very pleasantly surprised by the book!

I’m not going to ineffectively rehash the entire novel, as many other book reviews do, but rather focus mainly on the highlights and positive points of the book (and there are many).
First, it should be mentioned because of my poor experiences with other audio books that the narrator in the audio version of Cellar is both easy to understand and listen to. Maybe I’m a little too picky, but several narrators of past audio-book purchases have driven me crazy! And no, it’s not like George’s obsession on Seinfeld, where he is determined to enjoy a book through the voice of a female, because I’ve enjoyed several male narrator’s readings as well. The point is that this narrator is very easy to listen to.

As for the actual novel, Cellar does many things perfectly. For anyone that’s “scared” to read horror (both because of its general style and common story pitfalls), starting Cellar will really reinvigorate or even develop an interest and appreciation for the entire genre. Because the book is so well-written and immersive, it’s not only frightening, but essentially impossible to stop enjoying. Between the easy-to-listen arrangement of individual pages to the overall flow of the story, Cellar is difficult to start (just look at that cover!), but very hard to not finish!
Also worth noting is how well-developed the main character, Laura, is. Not only does it make sense for her to be faced with the horror of the cellar, given her geographic location and circumstance, but it is a natural progression of her personal characteristics as well—making the entire story very well-thought and rounded. Basically, the largest detractor of many other horror and fantasy works, in my opinion, is the way that they often throw an unsuitable main character into an otherwise well-thought world and situation; everything, from the main character to the environment, as well as the actual horror, has been considered and thought-out in Cellar.

Accordingly, this is a must-read book, for horror fans, as well as anyone that’s simply looking for a good read. It’s scary, but not artificially so, as many others are. Additionally, the novel has an impressive flow and movement, in both the short and long term—a testament to the overall skill of Taylor’s writing.

If you’re on the fence about enjoying Cellar, go ahead and jump over to the purchasing side. Before you know it, you’ll be recommending the book to a friend that isn’t particularly fond of horror—and they’ll have no choice but to enjoy it!

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