The Never List

by Koethi Zan (Harvill Secker), at www.ama­

Friday - - Society Living Leisure -

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.

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