Sunday, April 20, 2014
The Never List by Koethi Zan
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.
I could not put this book down! I read this 305 page book in one day and I wished it was longer. There were a ton of plot twists to keep you guessing. The characters were creatively developed.
The one criticism I have is that the main character, Sarah, starts off as completely agoraphobic and can't leave her apartment. Very quickly she is going places and doing things that even people who aren't agoraphobic would never do. I don't think this aspect of Sarah's story is necessary or believable.
There's a lot of intriguing details in every chapter. It went in a lot of directions I never expected. While the ending was somewhat predictable, how you got there was not.
I rate The Never List by Koethi Zan 5 stars and would recommend it for adults looking for an excellent psychological thriller.