It’s the thrill, it’s the waiting, it’s the calm voice of the antagonist that makes you want to throw something, it’s wondering why the main character won’t do anything. Reading her books will leave you squirming in your seat, hoping the main character will do something, anything, to get out of their current situation.
Natasha Preston really knows how to build up a conflict and keep it sitting their in tell the last possible moment. If it wasn’t for my busy life, I would I have read The Cellar and Awake on the same day.
I know they say not to judge a book by it’s cover, but I think both of these covers have a beautifully dangerous kind of look to them. The flowers make it look pretty, but with the dark cellar and the barbed wire, you can tell something is off, the covers match the message of the book perfectly.
Preston is also not your typical YA book writer, unlike many YA books, the family of the main character plays a major role in the story(at least, in the ones I’ve read so far) unlike in other books where the parents just kind of disappear.
She does keep up with modern writing by changing perspectives, which I’ve seen in many books written recently like The Girl on the Train, All the Light We Cannot See, and When We Collided. This style of writing keeps the reader close to character while at the same time giving the reader a better view of the story. This choice of writing doesn’t always flow well in some books, but I think this style was placed perfectly into her novels.
Some of her other books are The Cabin(which I think I will read next), Our Chance, and With the Band, as well as a few others.