Morbid Monday: The Never List

Posted 10 February, 2014 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Morbid Monday: The Never ListThe Never List by Koethi Zan
Published by Harvill Secker on 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction
Pages: 303

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, they failed to follow their own rules. NEVER GO OUT ALONE AFTER DARK. Sarah has spent ten years trying to forget her ordeal. But now the FBI has news that forces her to revisit her memories, and finally attempt to find justice for Jennifer. NEVER TAKE RISKS. If she is to keep her captor behind bars, Sarah needs to work with the other women who shared her nightmare. But they won't be happy to hear from her. Because down there in the dark, Sarah wasn't just a victim. NEVER TRUST ANYONE.

So, I really enjoyed The Never List. I’ve been bogged down in my reading so this was a nice, light beach read. It reads a little bit like a Gillian Flynn novel but it’s a little more predictable and less ‘literary’. The subtitle could be ‘TRUST NO ONE’.

The story is woven together through first person narration by Sarah and a recall of her memory. The transition between the two timelines is seamless and very well done. Despite that, this book peaks too soon so the crazy TWIST! revelation at the very very end falls a little bit flat. The main character is developed well enough, but all the peripheral characters remain just that, peripheral. The story would have been more compelling and memorable if the two cellar-mates had been better constructed. 

That being said, the story is transporting and it moves very, very fast. I probably could have blazed through the three-hundred pages in a matter of hours if not for a certain three year old and one cranky husband. 

If you’re into psychological thrillers, you could definitely do worse for a day at the beach or a three hour plane ride.


April @ The Steadfast Reader


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