The Never List

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How did I get it?:
I got it free on the o2 moments reward scheme!

Synopsis:

The most relentless, deeply disturbing thriller writer since Jeffery Deaver and Gillian Flynn

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.

Thoughts:

The Never List has been on my radar for quite some time now. My sister read it last year, and immediately she was trying to get me to read it. But you know the problems of a bookworm/book blogger. I had too many books to read before getting around to this one! However, I always take part in the Richard and Judy Book Club, so when they had included it in their Spring Reads, it forced me to read it sooner. I thought The Never List was a gripping, disturbing psychological thriller. It surprised me that it was a debut. It felt incredibly accomplished.

I thought this story had great premise. It starts with best friends Jennifer and Sarah experiencing a near fatal accident. It makes the girls paranoid that something is going to happen to them that may end in death. So, they make a ‘Never List’. Things that they should do to keep them safe. The girls keep to this list, until they become more confident. Whilst at college, they become more lax. The girls get into a car one day, they are abducted and thrown into a cellar with some other girls. Down in the cellar the girls experience some shocking torture. Jennifer is thrown into a box to live, whilst Sarah and the other girls are tortured weekly, whilst their captor takes notes on their reactions. This ordeal goes on for 3 years, until Sarah manages to escape and saves the other girls.

The story then shifts to the present tense, 10 years later. Sarah is living practically as a hermit, still seeking therapy to get over the terrible ordeal. It’s time for the parole hearing of the captor, and Sarah has to be encouraged to speak at the hearing, so he isn’t released from prison. Sarah is still receiving letters from the captor. She’s still wondering where Jennifer’s body is. Sarah has accepted that Jennifer is dead, and she thinks if she can find Jennifer’s body, then it will keep the captor in jail.

Overall, The Never List is a very good read. For me, it began to slow in the middle, but then it picked up pace and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going on. I actually found my mouth dropping at the twist towards the end. I certainly didn’t expect it.

I can’t wait to see what this talented author comes out with next. I was very impressed with The Never List, so I shall be keeping an eye out for her next work!

For another perspective, please check out Beth’s review HERE.

Would I recommend it?:
Of Course!

WWW Wednesday #64

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

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

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday!  To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

13121678I’ve just started Shine by Candy Gourlay. I’m only 50 pages in, but already the writing is beautiful and I think this is going to be a good, memorable read. I picked it out of my Luna’s Picks for this month.

What did you recently finish reading?17286807Last night I finished Dead Girl’s Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf. I had wanted to read this book for a while, so my sister bought it for me for Christmas.  It was enjoyable enough, but I wasn’t keen on the frequent reference to the character’s religion. I don’t think it really did much for the story. It was never forced upon the reader, but it was frequently mentioned. My review will hopefully be up within the next couple of weeks.

What do you think you’ll read next?

17307098I’m playing catch up with a lot of paperbacks as I’ve been reading a lot on my Kindle. This is my next paperback. I’m excited to read this, as my sister really enjoyed it when she read it as an advanced reading copy.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Please feel free to leave your answer to the questions or your links in the comments section below! Happy Reading 🙂

 

Stacking The Shelves #52

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

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I’m quite happy to say that I bought all of these books for a reason, they weren’t just impulse buys! I bought My Life Next Door and Everneath as they were in my list of top ten books I wanted for Christmas. It meant that I really wanted to read them. Everneath is also on my list of series that I want to read in 2014, as is Reached. I bought Boys Don’t Knit, Weirdos vs Quimboids and Pop! as they could be part of my new feature where my friend Luna picks a book or two for me to read a month. I’m doing this because she recommended such awesome reads last year. She gave me a list… and I ended up buying them all. Oops!

Free:

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My phone network does Priority Moments where you can get some free things. I noticed an offer for a Richard and Judy Spring Reads 2014. I participate in this book club, so I jumped at the chance to get a free book. I picked up a book and my friend with the same phone network got one for me too. Bonus!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave a link and I’ll come and visit you!