The Never List by Koethi Zan
READ THIS BOOK!!! If you read nothing more of this blog post let it be those first 3 words. I loved this book and it is killing me to have to hold back what I really want to say about this. I don't want to spoil anything about this book in case you read this book because of my post. This is another book That my favorite author Jeffery Deaver recommended on Goodreads. It has been on my to-read list forever and I finally got around to reading this and I am so glad I did. If you are looking for a great story that will grab you from the very beginning and never let up until the last few pages this is the book for you.
This book is relentless. The suspense is intense and the subject matter was rough at times. This book made me wish I could protect all women from sleazy creepy guys. Let me explain. Jennifer and Sarah are best friends and they spend all of there time studying and figuring out alll the things that could possibly go wrong in their lives. They know the percent chance of an earthquake affecting them. Tornadoes, car accidents, and even the chance of a sociopath attacking them. When they get to college they create the Never List. This is a list of all the things they should never do like: Never go to the library at night, Never trust a stranger with a flat tire, and other things that they come up with. One night they throw caution to the wind and go to a college party. Sounds completely normal right, at the end of the night they take a cab home and when they get in the air in the cab smelled funny. Knock out gas was pumped through the partition and they were kidnapped. This isn't spoiling anything because you find out in the first chapter or two but the person that kidnapped them was their very own pshycology professor. Are you kidding me?!?! This is someone they would normally trust. He threw them in a cellar with two other girls naked and chained to a wall. They were tortured all for his sick pleasure. 4 went in and only 3 survived to tell the tale.
Flash forward to years later and Sarah's tormentor is up for parole. She has decided to leaver her protected world and fine whatever she can to make sure he stays in prison for the rest of his life. She will go back to the place where the whole nightmare started as well as wherever the trail takes her. Sarah will do what she can to feel safe again and make up for the death of her friend who didn't make it out of that house.
This book was amazing and as of right now this is one of my favorite books for the year. Yes I know it is still really early this year but this is the best I have read so far. I really hope that Koethi Zan writes another book. I loved this one and if she writes another as good as this I will have a new regular author to add to my favorites list. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Very impressed with this one.