“The Cellar “–Minette Walters

Flying home from Birmingham International the other week, and mooching around faced with  a 2 hour delay, I came across a bookshop that was having a closing down sale.  Everything had to go! and books were all priced at £1 only.

I didn’t need any more incentive to nip inside and come back out with 4 new books.

book cellar

One being “The Cellar” by Minette Walters.  I’d never read anything by this author before but it looked very promising.

Text from back cover:

Muna’s bedroom is a dark, windowless cellar and her activities are confined to cooking and cleaning.  She’s grown used to being maltreated by the Songoli family; to being a slave.

She’s never been outside, and doesn’t know how to read or write, and cannot speak English.

At least that’s what the Songolis believe.

But Muna is far cleverer – and her plans more terrifying – than the Songolis, or anyone else, can ever imagine . . .

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Be warned, this is a story of domestic slavery, of mental & physical abuse, with the central character, Muna, a 14 year old girl having been stolen from an orphanage years earlier and brought to live in England by the Songoli family.  Her desperate situation could have continued for many more years had it not been for the disappearance of the Songolis youngest son, which brings the police into their home.  Fear of the police discovering the fact that Muna is being kept as a slave, leads the Songolis to lie during the police enquiry . . . a web of lies which Muna cleverly begins to use to her advantage.

Once I started reading, I really didn’t put this book down!  It captivated me during the 2 hour wait at airport and the 90 minute flight . . . I’ll definitely be looking out for more by Minette Walters!