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The Never List (2013)

by Koethi Zan

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For years, best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the "Never List": a list of actions to be avoided, for safety's sake, at all costs. But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave, everlasting consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism. Ten years later, at thirty-one, Sarah is still struggling to resume a normal life, living as a virtual recluse under a new name, unable to come to grips with the fact that Jennifer didn't make it out of that cellar. Now, her abductor is up for parole and Sarah can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends from jail. Finally, Sarah decides to confront her phobias and the other survivors, who hold their own deep grudges against her. When she goes on a cross-country chase that takes her into the perverse world of BDSM, secret cults, and the arcane study of torture, she begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined.… (more)



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For me this was a book that was hard to put down. A gripping story ( )
  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
This book sucked me in quickly, and it was a very fast read. I did not expect the outcome of one of the characters which really surprised me, however I feel as though the ending was incomplete. I feel as thought I am left hanging as to what happened or where the other girls are, unless of course there is a sequel coming. Looking forward to reading more by this author. ( )
  Chelz286 | Aug 26, 2018 |
The blurb for the book says: “The most relentless, deeply disturbing thriller writer since Jeffery Deaver and Gillian Flynn”. Um, not quite. I was expecting a literary thriller but got a book that had a "chick lit" quality to it that would work well as a Lifetime movie. Not that there's anything wrong with chick lit or a Lifetime movie as long as you know going in that's what you're getting. The plot was unrealistic and the main character acts in an unbelievable and inconsistent way for someone with PTSD and extreme agoraphobia.

If you're wanting a literary thriller with similar subject matter read Room by Emma Donaghue instead. This one does not live up to the hype.
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  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
4.5 stars. This is one of the smartest and creepiest thrillers I have read in a long time. I did not see the twist at the end which means extra bonus points in my rating. Gruesome, but mainly in the abstract. No real gore to completely freak you out but tons of suspense. Definitely recommend. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
The Never List by Koethi Zan is a psychological thriller that covers deeply disturbing subject matter. I was immediately pulled into this story of young girls that were kidnapped, chained in a cellar and brutally tortured. In actuality the book is set 10 years after three of the girls were rescued and their torturer was in prison. After ten years, he is coming up for patrol and Sarah, the narrator of the book, feels that it is her job to insure he doesn’t get out. She also is still hoping to locate the body of the fourth girl, her best friend Jennifer.

One aspect of the story that I thought was well done was the author’s handling of the descriptions of the girl’s imprisonment. Most of the action is implied, very little described, leaving it up to the reader’s imagination to fill in the blanks. The resulting material was still heart-wrenching but not as sickening as it could have been.

Unfortunately as the story developed I found it harder and harder to believe. The opening of the book was excellent, then it became rather mediocre and the ending was definitely sub-par. I think the author was trying to build too many twists into her dark story but instead of intensifying the terror, it became far-fetched and annoying. In this case far less elaboration would have made for a far better story. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jun 11, 2016 |
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