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cook*create*read: Review: The Never List by Koethi Zan

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Review: The Never List by Koethi Zan

The Never List by Koethi Zan

Published by Vintage Books

First Published in 2013

From Goodreads:

For years, Sarah and Jennifer kept the Never List: a list of things to be avoided at all costs.


But one night, they broke their own rules - with horrifying consequences.


Sarah has spent ten years trying to forget her terrifying ordeal. But it seems the killer has not forgotten her.



So best friends Sarah and Jennifer draw up a list of things they should never do, but despite this they end up being abducted anyway.  The story follows Sarah as she looks into the life of Jack Derber, her kidnapper who is up for parole, 10 years after she escapes from his basement. 

The blurbs on my edition of this book promise something gripping and terrifying.  Elle Magazine state it is "as gripping as Gone Girl" (side note: I had not read Gone Girl when I picked this book up ... If I had I would definitely not have bothered with this because of this comparison!) and Tess Gerritsen, an author I love, states it is one of the scariest thrillers she has ever read.  So I had really high hopes.

Overall, this book did not deliver on its promise.  Now that I have read Gone Girl, I can safely say that the Never List rates much higher in my opinion, but it was definitely not as dark and creepy as I was expecting.  There is no doubt that Jack Derber is cruel and sadistic.  The story is cleverly written in a way that the cruelty and abuse is alluded to and left to your imagination rather than explicit descriptions.  The reader cannot help but feel sympathy with the abducted girls, but Sarah, who suffers from PTSD, does seem to have an amazing ability to overcome her symptoms when the need arises and puts herself in some very unlikely situations.

After reading this book, I gave it 4 stars but on writing this review and thinking more about it, I think I would give it 3 stars.  It is an interesting story, fairly well written with a pacy plot and a good twist.  I would recommend this to those that enjoy a good mystery/thriller, but don't expect anything too dark or creepy!

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At August 03, 2014 10:19 pm , Blogger So many books, so little time said...

Aw I think it sounds like one I want to keep an eye out for :) thanks for sharing

Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net


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