“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, 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. Sarah begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined.”
The Never List written by Koethi Zan was one I could not put down. I can’t remember the last time I read a book that fast. The pace was quick, the characters engaging and the story kept you guessing til the very end. I was concerned that due to the subject matter, it would be too intense, too graphic to enjoy, but I have to say she kept up the suspense without resorting to throwing gory details in every chapter.
I thought I had solved the mystery several times, but each time a new twist was introduced. I can highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a good mystery/thriller. I give it my highest rating of 5 stars.