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Review: The Never List

September 6, 2013

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.

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
30 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2013 6:28 am

    Sounds a bit harrowing.

  2. September 6, 2013 6:32 am

    I’m pretty excited about listening to this one. It should be up in the next audio or two!

  3. September 6, 2013 6:44 am

    This is another one I couldn’t read because it would upset me too much!

  4. September 6, 2013 7:17 am

    Oh hope the library has the audio book –sounds good,

  5. September 6, 2013 10:19 am

    This one sounds good but it might be too much for me.

  6. September 6, 2013 10:56 am

    Yes! I want to read this one so badly. Need to add it to my library holds list.

  7. September 6, 2013 11:05 am

    I have this in audio too. It sounds scary enough for the RIP Challenge so I’m adding it to my list.

  8. September 6, 2013 11:14 am

    So excited to read this book! I hadn’t heard of it before this review, but I’m so intrigued now!

  9. September 6, 2013 11:39 am

    I read a paper version of this one. I’ve never really been able to do audio books,but knowing this story, I bet it’s a harrowing listen 🙂 I actually didn’t think it was too graphic … I felt like it was done quite tastefully, actually. You knew what had happened to the girls, but I didn’t think it was overly graphic.

  10. September 6, 2013 11:57 am

    i’ve seen this book around but wasn’t sure if it would be that great or not….so glad you found it enjoyable….i’m definitely getting this one for sure! it sounds like one of those psychological thrillers i really enjoy

  11. Amy @ My Friend Amy permalink
    September 6, 2013 12:14 pm

    I also blew through this book. Glad you enjoyed it!

  12. talesofwhimsy permalink
    September 6, 2013 2:09 pm

    Oh my. How terrifying. Wow. Sounds gripping.

    How were they kidnapped? How old were they?

  13. September 6, 2013 3:03 pm

    I agree, this was a creepy, awesome thriller.

  14. September 6, 2013 3:08 pm

    Excellent review, Kathy! Sounds scary-good!

  15. September 6, 2013 5:14 pm

    Can’t wait to listen to this!

  16. September 6, 2013 5:34 pm

    sounds too scary for me, but good.

  17. Patty permalink
    September 6, 2013 5:44 pm

    It sounds remarkable!

  18. September 6, 2013 6:21 pm

    I keep thinking that I should read this every time I come across a review. It definitely sounds potent.

  19. September 6, 2013 7:54 pm

    I have seen mixed reviews on this one but still want to try it, sounds fascinating.

  20. September 7, 2013 5:30 am

    Yep, sounds a bit too dark for me, but really well written. I love it when an audiobook lives up to its potential! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed this one.

  21. Jennifer permalink
    September 7, 2013 5:21 pm

    I always find myself enjoying dark and twisted books like this. Although they can be incredibly uncomfortable, they also are full of suspense and deep meaning about life.

  22. September 7, 2013 10:42 pm

    This sounds too scary for me, but I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  23. September 8, 2013 1:58 am

    Whoa, this sounds intense. I’m really eager to listen to this one soon!

  24. September 8, 2013 7:38 pm

    I heard an interview with the author and her process of researching was very interesting – I’m definitely going to read this at some point.

  25. September 9, 2013 8:35 am

    I added this one to my wish list after I saw the similarities with our Cleveland horror story.

  26. bookingmama permalink
    September 9, 2013 9:41 am

    I read this one but I bet listening to it was an entirely different experience.. And by that, I mean creepy.

  27. September 9, 2013 1:45 pm

    It was a page turner, I just felt the second half was a bit unrealistic. I don’t think women who have gone through what these characters have, would take such risks again.

  28. September 9, 2013 2:03 pm

    Sounds like a great book!

  29. September 10, 2013 8:09 pm

    Part of me wants to read this book, and part of me thinks it would be too upsetting.

  30. September 15, 2013 4:57 pm

    Ultimately I thought this was very good (mainly because of the suspense), but I didn’t care for some of the story and had to suspend disbelief quite a bit.

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