Review: The Never List
As Sarah and Jennifer recovered from a car accident, CNN played in their hospital room and they learned just how dangerous the world can be. They began to compile a “never list” of things to keep them safe; things like never panic and never get in the car with a stranger. The girls were careful and cautious so it seemed like an especially cruel fate when they were abducted, held captive, and tortured for years. Ten years after escaping, Sarah is still scarred but decides to get involved when the perpetrator is up for parole. She discovers things even worse than she could have imagined.
The Never List by Koethi Zan is one exciting book! Since Sarah narrates the story, readers know that she survives the horror she describes but it takes a while to unravel the whole story. Sarah is such a sympathetic character, my heart just ached for her. She’s struggling to get on with her life but it’s not easy – considering what she’s been through, she’s doing okay, though.
Even as I was horrified by what Sarah was going through, I couldn’t stop reading. Zan does a great job building tension and adding a few twists along the way. She had me on my pins and needles the whole time! I really enjoyed this book and, with the way it ended, I can’t help but wonder if it’s the start of a series. I look forward to whatever Zan comes up with next.
This story could have been ripped from today’s headlines and is graphic in some parts so it’s definitely not for everyone.
I listened to the audio version of The Never List and thought Kristen Sieh’s narration was perfect for the book. She did an outstanding job with this eight and a half hour audio book.