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The Cellar

Rating 4 out of 5

"He was a man devoid of a moral compass, that moronic sense of right and wrong that lesser men indulged. He felt no guilt, no remorse. Not for her, not for any of them."

Nurse. Protégé. Murderer. Marcus Grove has been all these things. He's reached the pinnacle of his art and now it's time to take a protégé. Lucy is perfect for the role, or she will be... Artist. Teacher. Daughter. Lucy Williams is just like everyone else. She's had some success as an artist, not so much success in love, but she's getting by. Soon she's going to have to become something else if she wants to be a survivor. Detective. Ex-husband. Underdog. Ray Lewis' career isn't heading anywhere. But he's a solid detective and determined to find Lucy no matter what. Three people. Nineteen days. Who will live and who will die?

This book is most assuredly dark, disturbing and gripping. We get a real insight into Marcus' mind and it is not a pretty place to be. I was always relieved when the story went to someone else's point of view because it wasn't so intense. Marcus is a psychopath and it is evident from the very moment he is introduced into the story. He gets a sick thrill off killing and torturing his victims. I will admit I was relieved that the book didn't go into much detail about the process! It details him finding his victims and what happens after, but we are spared in between!!

I could tell from the start that this book was going to be dark and twisty and it was! I honestly did not want to put it down until I was finished. The author does a masterful job of giving the various characters life and distinguishing their personalities, thank god! The author easily transports you into the story which in this case is both good and bad, haha. Some elements were easy to see coming but the book is very big on the psychological aspect.

My only complaint with this book is that it felt like it was resolved too nicely and too easily. I wanted more. I won't say anything to avoid spoilers, but it just felt like a lot of fortunate coincidences in a story that had none up until that point. However, this book is amazing and if you are a fan of psychological thrillers or just serial killer themed books you should check this one out for sure!

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