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October 10, 2014

THE NEVER LIST by Koethi Zan


Koethi Zan

(from Amazon)
“Psychological thriller writing at its best. Cancel appointments and give up on sleep. It’s that kind of book.” —Jeffery Deaver

For years, Sarah Farber and her best friend, Jennifer, kept what they called the Never List: a list of actions to be avoided at all costs, for safety’s sake. But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride—one 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, Sarah’s abductor is up for parole and she can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends to her from prison. But when Sarah decides to confront her phobias and reconnect with the other survivors she begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined.

A blazingly fast read with eerie similarities to the recent kidnapping case in Cleveland, The Never List is a smart, riveting, and bold page turner that will leave readers awake all night with the lights on.

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143125583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143125587

Koethi Zan was born and raised in rural Alabama, then moved to New York City after earning a J.D. from Yale Law School. She has practiced entertainment law for more than fifteen years, most recently at MTV. She now lives in upstate New York.

This is a novel of three women who were held as captives by a sadist who tortured them daily.  We are now, ten years later, and they are free, but still trying to deal with what happened to them.  There was a fourth girl, Jennifer, who died during their captivity.
 I wonder if the author used the fact that this was about the time that three girls were rescued after ten years of captivity, to write her book. Just a little obvious? Another thing that didn't feel quite right was the conversations between the girls.  It felt fake. Like they were reading from a script.  It felt stiff and so very formal. The book wasn't terribly violent.  I felt the author wrote good in some places and in others, such as the conversations, not so good.  At times thee book seemed rather ridiculous.  It had a nice twist and turn at the end which was nice.  I would say to any potential readers, read it, you may have different conclusions than I did.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE NEVER LIST form the author, Koethi Zan and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 3 STARS.


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