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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  10,922 Ratings  ·  1,583 Reviews
Dopo la liberazione doveva essere tutto finito. Ma non è stato così. Sono passati dieci anni da quando Sarah è fuggita da quello scantinato, il teatro delle torture fisiche e psicologiche che Jack Derber le ha inferto per oltre mille giorni. Ma per Sarah non esiste ancora un «dopo»: vittima delle proprie fobie, vive rinchiusa nel suo appartamento di Manhattan. Fino a quand ...more
Hardcover, La Gaja scienza, 368 pages
Published January 2nd 2014 by Longanesi (first published January 1st 2013)
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Κέλλυ Θεοδωρακοπούλου No. The writer herself has two daughters and she mentions in her note that she will not allow them to read it until they go to college. My opinion,…moreNo. The writer herself has two daughters and she mentions in her note that she will not allow them to read it until they go to college. My opinion, too, is that a 12 year old is too young for this.(less)

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Alisha Marie
I'm just gonna come out and say it: For the love of all that is good and holy, can we please STOP comparing every single psychological thriller that has come out recently to Gone Girl?! It's starting to get really annoying. Especially to me since I found Gone Girl to be just okay. And considering that every book I've read that has had that particular disclaimer in it has also been just okay, I'm starting to view it as the kiss of death...just sayin'.

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Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the book was Ok ! i liked the end of the story ( i had to skip so many pages to get to it ) that was unexpected turn of events , there was some boring scenes i felt like nothing was really happening !! i had really hard time finishing this one

the book is about two girls Sarah and Jennifer who made '' The Never List" a list of things they would never do to avoid puting their lives at risk till "Jack Derber" who abducted and tortured them day after day for years , the first part was all about kid
May 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This novel has a plot that won't quit. Ever. Just when you think things are wrapping up, something else goes wrong, and the storyline zips off in a new direction. To me, The Never List read more like an outline for an action movie than a complete novel. Characters and plot points are fast moving but not very fleshed out, there are deus ex machinas every few chapters, and new characters are introduced and thrown away so fast I started to forget even the ones who had been there the whole time.

Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Childhood friends Sarah and Jennifer have lived their lives by a strict set of rules which they created from when they were younger. Now college students they still stick to their rules which they call The Never List. The items on the list would remind them of certain things that that they should never do which would always keep them safe. But one night after attending a party their lives would change forever.

Sarah and Jennifer are kidnapped by a sadistic psychopath named, Jack. They are taken t
Whitney (First Impressions Reviews)
When I was in 6th grade I wrote a paper on medieval torture, I have no idea why I chose the topic as I was always a happy, nonviolent kid. Perhaps, it was because The Man in the Iron Mask starring Leonardo DeCaprio had just come out, still the intrigue held. I feel sick even admitting my interest in the subject, but I still find it eye-rising to this day; although now I think it is more of a psychological stand point -- what would posses someone to torture another human being? The thought repuls ...more
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
My View:
The novel was not as “dark” as I expected, in fact after reading the back cover info I almost decided against reading this book, I thought it would be too gruesome and horrific for my taste. However as in all good psychological thrillers the tension and drama is created by what is not said, but what is alluded to or made reference to, and Zan uses this method to good effect.

The introduction to this novel provided the hook to claim my attention and get me reading at a cracking pace. Howe
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Firstly - can we stop saying books are "the next Gone Girl" it's getting tiring. This one is certainly not on par with Gone Girl at all. I read it over a few hours on a long coach trip, it kept me interested enough to keep going but I felt it lacked substance.

Due to reviews I had expected it to be scary, shocking, horrifying even. Maybe I'm a hardened crime/ thriller reader but nothing in this novel shocked me, or disturbed me (disappointed about that)

The plot starts to get a bit unbelievable af
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
**** 4 Torturous Stars ****

I'm on a streak of reading some pretty messed up Psychological Thrillers and I had to pick this one up and take a ride!

The book was overall very good - but not fantastic and a "must keep reading" to find out what happens next.....until the end. 

I loved the story premise and it did take the reader on a journey through rough terrain never detouring through smooth roads.

I liked how the author flip-flopped back to the past within the present story as flashbacks instea
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This book was unbelievable, and not in a good way. This book to me had zero redeeming qualities. It was not a "Thriller". The author spoon fed you the entire story. Awful Fiction Crime Memoir is a more fitting category.
The main character, Sarah, makes a "Never List" with her friend Jennifer. Then breaks every imaginable Golden Rule in the book and gets kidnapped. Then breaks every rule again and gets kidnapped. Then breaks every rule again and gets locked in a house. She's far to irrational to b
The Book Maven
In the light of recent news events, the timing ofThe Never List’s release is a little unnerving, to say the least.

Currently, it’s the horror story of the year: On May 6, 2013, people heard screams coming from a house located in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland. They managed to free one female, who then called the police. After the police came, they freed two more females and a child. It turns out that the adult females had been kidnapped in 2002, 2003, and 2004, and had been in captivity ev
3.5 stars

This one hit me deep. Even though it wasn't descriptive with the abuse and rape, it still was a difficult book to read. The ending makes it seem like there will be a sequel and I hope there is!
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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It’s been 10 years since Caroline (now Sarah) escaped from Jack Derber’s basement of horrors, where she spent 3 years. She’s gotten her degree and is now ensconced in her tidy little New York City apartment, where she can order in, and the doorman, Bob, screens for any unwanted visitors. Plus, there are lots of people in New York, lots of people to hear you scream. A wrench is about to be thrown into her little construct o
Patrice Hoffman
*Won through a Goodreads Giveaway*

I have finished The Never List by Koethi Zan and I have to admit it was quite a rollercoaster ride. Sarah begins to tell us readers about her past and how ironic it was that someone such as herself and her best friend Jennifer were forced into a cellar for 3 years, 13 years earlier. What prompts her to tell her story is because Jack Derber, the man who abducted them, is up for parole. She's received letters from him over the years but with urgency of his possibl
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Although they had made detailed lists and took every precaution imaginable to avoid getting in harm’s way, Sarah and her best friend Jennifer were kidnapped when they went away to college and were held in a cellar as slaves for three years with two other girls. Four were kept prisoner – three made it out alive.

Fast forward 10 years to their abductor’s probation hearing. Sarah thinks it will be impossible for her to even participate, but she has no idea how many demons from her past she will act
Feb 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't quite know why there is so much positive, elative hype to The Never List. Zan's writing is quite juvenile and amateur; so "trying too hard" that I found it severly difficult to take her narrative seriously without rolling my eyes every other page. The characterizations are nowhere near as feministically empowering as you would hope for such disturbing subject matter. The dialogue and Sarah's thought sternography are - especially for the first half of the book - superficial and lifeless at ...more
Arielle Walker
The Never List is a debut novel and unfortunately suffers from this, as despite its promising beginning, the story’s full potential is never quite reached. The horror is kept just enough out of sight – more implied than blatant – to make parts genuinely frightening, but something about the writing tones down the terror, and the result is tamer reading than would be expected from the content. The awkward first-person narration detracts from the overall atmosphere, and I found myself underwhelmed ...more
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dobra. Kraj je šokantan skroz.
Sharon Bolton
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘There were four of us down there for the first thirty two months and eleven days of our captivity.’

Thirteen years before this story begins, Sarah was confined in a cellar, the prisoner of Jack Derber, a sociopathic sadist, who exerted absolute control over his four victims, starving and torturing them relentlessly. One of them, Sarah’s best friend Jennifer, disappeared.

When Derber comes up for parole, Sarah knows she has to act. She has to find Jennifer’s body and prove that Derber was not ju
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
An apt title for this tale of desolate happenings, two friends had made a list of things, the never list, they had looked at every possibility of things going wrong, paranoia and insecurity that extra mile, they overlooked one important rule of all.
Never get in the car.
They had thought fate did not come into the scheme of things and looked at every possibility of an evil and dark end, except one.
Many years later the main protagonist is still living though her days of being gone and harmed, she h
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
A quick, but suspenseful read. I thought the characters was unrealistic, and could not really identify with any of them. The story was interesting though, and I did not expect the twist at the end.
The Story: There were four of us down there for the first thirty-two months and eleven days of our captivity. And then, very suddenly and without warning, there were three. Even though the fourth person hadn't made any noise at all in several months, the room got very quiet when she was gone. For a lo
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πολύ καλό ψυχολογικό θρίλερ...
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Todo el libro es genial, le hubiera dado cinco... si el final hubiera sido más extenso, pero se me quedo corto y rápido. Pero os lo recomiendo a todos, un thriller apoteosico.
Jacquie ♡
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Chester Dean
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-2015, owned, 4-stars

Mi talón de aquiles son las novelas negras, las novelas policiacas, el misterio, así que cuando leí la sinopsis de La lista prohibida en el catálogo de novedades de Ediciones Urano me conquistó de inmediato.

Sarah y Jennifer, eran dos mejores amigas que comenzaban la universidad. Dos chicas totalmente cuidadosas, obsesionadas con las estadísticas. ¿Cuál es la probabilidad de que un avión se caiga? ¿Cuántos incendios han habido en un edificio? Etc, etc. Así que al irse a la universidad crearo
The Never List by Koethi Zan. Eerily Similar to Ohio Kidnapping Case? Never get in a car with a stranger. Never ignore your instincts. And, never leave your friends behind. The events that take place in The Never List will undoubtedly hit a nerve because they make use of the deep dark monsters that haunt most females worst nightmares. Conjured from waking fears, this dark horror mystery comes full circle leaving everyone, including the characters, wondering how they got back to the very place th ...more
May 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be completely honest, I am still somewhat divided on how to feel about this book. From the very beginning it is quite attention grabbing and easy to get involved in. At first I thought the subject matter might be a bit too dark for my liking, but although there were some pretty emotional images brought about by this novel, the writing was kept pretty clean and it wasn't at all what I had feared it might be.

There were parts of this story where I felt that the characters were taking logical ste
When best friends Jennifer and Sarah were involved in a major car accident as young girls, where Jennifer’s mother didn’t make it, and the girls spent months in hospital recuperating, they became extremely safety conscious, paranoid in fact. The Never List was formed which comprised a list of actions to be avoided always; they relied on the list completely and it was added to on a regular basis. Sarah lived with her parents and as Jennifer’s parents had divorced and her father was in prison, she ...more
Pam Foster
Aug 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I began this book shortly after watching the sentencing of Ariel Castro, the Ohio kidnapper who kept three girls in his home for a decade. The similarity was spooky. But our kidnapper, Jack Derber, got a comparatively light sentence and is now up for parole.
A bit absurd, unbelieveable. But so are the actions of the main character, Sarah, who was one of the victims held in the basement for three years, starved, tortured physically and mentally. It is ten years after her ordeal, she is living a
Aug 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well I was roped in by the "like Gone Girl but even more disturbing" hype. I suppose I should've known better. An attention grabbing first page, then it sort of goes nowhere. This book has "first time author" written all over it. I've read far worse, but this book is just not very accomplished.

My main problem is that the very dark subject matter is grafted onto a chatty first person narrative style better suited to chick lit, and it just doesn't work. For example, in chapter 9, we are cheerily i
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When Koethi Zan was born in the sleepy farming town of Opp, Alabama, the “City of Opportunity,” her mother was Valedictorian of the local public high school and her father the star of its football team. Her parents named her after the homecoming queen of Lurleen B. Wallace Junior College, perhaps hopeful that some of that glory would rub off on her.
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“I knew from experience there isn't anything anyone can really say to help you through your grief. You just have to let the pain wash over you over and over again, until the tide of it drifts back and away, slowly and gradually.” 6 likes
“Or is it the case that no one gets over anything? Is there really that much pain and suffering continuing right now at this minute, in millions of hearts, in bodies carrying on the burden of existence, trying to smile through tears for fleeting, passing moments here and there-when they can forget what happened to them, maybe even for whole hours at a time? Maybe that's what it is to live.” 5 likes
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