The Never List
by Koethi Zan (Harvill Secker), at www.amazon.com
We’ve all heard harrowing news stories of abducted young women imprisoned in basements for many years and The Never List has taken this topic as inspiration for a fictional tale.
There have been a few books like this recently but Koethi Zan’s debut novel begins with a twist – best friends Sarah and Jessica have been obsessed with the probability of a disaster befalling them for most of their lives and have compiled a ‘never list’ to help them avoid crisis.
But when the friends head off to university they break one of their own rules one evening and end up being abducted to a cellar that’s already prison to two other girls.
The story that follows looks at how the women cope after they’re set free, with more details about their imprisonment emerging as the story unravels.
Narrated by Sarah 10 years after being abducted, it can at times be a little too unrealistic as the characters turn detective to discover more about their kidnapper, and the crime seems to be more wide-reaching than they’d first realised – but basically, it’s a huge page-turner that will see you racing to the final page within days.