The Never List

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Richard and Judy Spring Reads 2014

Published January 4, 2014 by bibliobeth


Richard and Judy’s book club is back again for Spring 2014, and it looks like there are some good choices with some interesting reading to be had! Here are the eight titles:

The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult

Apple Tree Yard – Louise Doughty

A Commonplace Killing – Sian Busby

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion

The Never List – Koethi Zan

Sisterland – Curtis Sittenfeld

Longbourn – Jo Baker

Rage Against The Dying – Becky Masterman

A few of these books have been on my radar for a while – namely Apple Tree Yard, The Rosie Project and Longbourn, and I have already read and reviewed The Never List which was excellent and I highly recommend. As for the rest, I’m looking forward to reading and discovering some great new stories.

As always, feel free to comment and read along with me!

The Never List – Koethi Zan

Published August 23, 2013 by bibliobeth


What’s it all about?:

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, living as a virtual recluse under a new name, 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, she begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined.

What did I think?:

I haven’t read that many Net Galley titles yet to be classified as an ARC know-it-all, but this book is my absolute favourite of the ones I’ve read so far. Only one word describes it really….Wow. The story begins by introducing us to two friends who are involved in a terrible car accident and are lucky to survive, despite both spending a while in the Intensive Care Unit. Sadly, Jennifer’s mother is killed in the tragedy, and from this point on both girls compile a list of things “never” to do, so that they may be safer in the future.  Unfortunately, this does not save them from a dangerous man who abducts them, keeping them in a cellar with two other girls, and subjecting them to horrific physical and mental torture. The story then focuses on Sarah in the present moment, who is still struggling to come to terms with what has happened to her, and terrifyingly is receiving letters from her abductor from jail. Even worse, there is a possibility he could walk free unless Sarah and the other survivors can get some hard evidence of his sadistic little world.

I enjoyed every moment of this twisted little tale. Whether we are with Sarah in the present moment, sympathising with the trauma that has made her a virtual recluse, cheering her on as she sets off on her determined (and may I say eye-opening?) journey to find out more about her abductor which enables her recovery, or cringing at her memories of the cellar and what she had to suffer whilst imprisoned there. I really rooted for Sarah throughout the novel, genuinely caring about what would become of her, which shows incredible ability on the part of the author in my opinion. I also haven’t read such a nail-biting ending in a while, and some parts of the story, which I don’t want to spoil but take my word for it, were truly horrific. Compelling and exciting, this novel will send more than one shiver down your spine, and I can’t wait to see what this author does next.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):


WWW Wednesday #14

Published August 21, 2013 by bibliobeth

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Time for another WWW Wednesday! Thanks to MizB at shouldbereading for hosting.

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?


This is an ARC from NetGalley that I’m finally getting round to! Really enjoying it so far and can’t wait to see how it ends.

What did you recently finish reading?


This year I’m participating in a “Kid-Lit” challenge with my sister ChrissiReads, and this is our August read. Our reviews will be posted very soon.

What do you think you’ll read next?:


I can’t believe I’m only getting to this book now, but I’m really looking forward to it.

What are you reading this Wednesday? Please leave your link and I’ll come and check it out! Happy Reading Everyone!