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The Never List by Koethi Zan
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The Never List

by Koethi Zan

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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 |
Review: The Never List by Koethi Zan.

For being her first book Koethi Zan created a riveting powerful page turner. The characters were well developed and outstanding especially with the subject matter and brilliant subduing setting. There were some areas of confusion but not enough to hinder the story because the reader is able to fill in the blanks from the content the author prevails. Koethi was vivid with her creepy, dark, and some disturbing detail descriptions in the depths of her writing.

The story starts off with two best friends, Jennifer and Sarah who promise never to do anything that could harm them. They created a “Never List” adding things to the list as they grew older such as; never go to the library alone at night, never get into a car with someone you don’t know, never talk or trust strangers, and never let your guard down. When they became college students they had a list of possible dangers but they wanted a normal college life so they began testing their “never list” to live like other students, to be happy and to have fun. Testing limits is part of growing up, learning new boundaries, being more responsible, learning from your mistakes, but in Jennifer and Sarah’s case scenario, luck is not with them. The aura surrounding them has an evil presence. Then horror struck….

The story kept a suspenseful pace with the established plot of the evil dramatizing of female survivors of a long time degrading captivity by a psychopathic rapist who is also a psychology professor at the college they were attending. With torture and violence they had been held for three years with two other victims. The author goes on describing their daily rituals while being held in captivity. Than one victim disappears, another victim gets away, and then the psycho is caught and put in prison. However, the survivors have been getting letters from him over the years and now his parole hearing is coming and Sarah is going to testify to keep him in prison but she becomes frighten and believes he will get out. Even though there were two other survivors Sarah is the only one who is coming forward.

I’m not going to relate why the three survivors went their separate ways after being found because there’s more forthcoming evil dangers to keep you reading. All I’ll say is Sarah starts her own investigation to gather more information about this professor and other demons to bring the story to an astounding conclusion…… ( )
  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
The first sentence pulled me in right away and it was quick read. But it was slightly boring in places. I kind of expected the book to be a little bit more about the captivity but it was more of an investigation plot. All in all it was ok. ( )
  Tabatha014 | Mar 2, 2016 |
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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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