Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Review and Giveaway ~ The Never List by Koethi Zan

The Never List
The Never List by Koethi Zan 5/5

I received an e-copy of the never list through netgalley for an honest review. Wow this book was great, it's definitely a new favorite of mine I'm going to read it again one day. I really enjoyed reading it, I was totally transfixed I didn't want to put it down. The Never List is about Sarah, a women who escaped the from the cellar of an evil man ten years ago following 3 years of his torture because her and her best friend went against their rules, they got in the car. Now Sarah lives in New York still trying to recover when the agent who worked the case tells her the man who abducted and tortured her and two other girls along with murdering her best friend Jennifer might be paroled after the a "religious conversion" Sarah summons all of her courage and sets out to find Jennifer body so that she can be at peace and maybe keep the monster locked up. But what she finds on her search might just undo all those years of therapy and make her finally face the past.

 Such a great story line, it kept me guessing all the way to the end - which I never saw coming, it gave me goose bumps. The Never List was so realistic and utterly believable it's frightening, it shows that no matter what precautions you take sometimes bad thing still happen. I loved the way the book flitted between the past and present slowly revealing things, and just when you think you have the full story of what happened ten years ago, Koethi reveals something unexpected. I really liked the main character, Sarah's development throughout the book as she faces her past and the way she takes control of the group. I like the secondary character Tracy as well, she appears to be the strong one but we realize that she isn't fully recovered from her time in the cellar. Also Christine trying to hide her emotional scars was very interesting, the way she reverted back to the way she was in the cellar under extreme circumstances even after ten years off pretending to be fine. The Never List had so many twists and turns I didn't see coming even though I consider myself to be quiet the girl detective, maybe not as good as Sarah but still, I was shocked at so many points in this book I had to stop myself from gaping at my e-reader. The ending was great, I really wanted to read more about Sarah and the things she uncovered and to see where her story went from there. I didn't want the book to end I look forward to reading more of Koethi's work in the future she's a great writer, she had me totally captivated. She created a very well developed, heart wrenchingly realistic physiological thriller. I recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers, realistic fiction and just all round awesome books.


To celebrate the books release today the lovely people at Viking are going to giveaway a copy of The Never List!! This giveaway is open to the US only and no PO boxes. Good Luck.

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  1. Oh good question! Here's my list:

    -Never ignore your gut feelings!
    -Never forget that there is ALWAYS hope!
    -Always be aware of your surroundings!
    -Never talk to strangers...unless your like in a store or something.
    -Never flash your money around...you're kind of asking to be robbed.
    -Always tell someone where you are going...if you go missing...someone has something to work off of to look for you.

    The Never List sounds great! I am really glad you liked it! Don't you just love those books you know you are going to read again and again?

    Thanks for the giveaway, girl!

  2. Great review & thanx 4 the giveaway!

  3. Don't pick up hitchhikers on the interstate
    Don't accept candy from strangers
    Don't believe everything everyone tells you
    Don't give up hope :)

  4. Thanks so much for the giveaway, Paige!

    I got home from vacation and it was waiting for me!! Yay!!

    Thanks again!


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