The Never List. Finished 10-18-13, rating 3.5/5, thriller, pub. 2013
Unabridged audio read by Kristen Sieh. 8.5 hours.
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.
Living in Cleveland, this storyline reminded me of Cleveland’s own horrific abduction and torture reality and even though it isn’t the type of plot I usually enjoy I thought I’d give it a try. Jason and I listened to the audio on our road trip in October and we both thought it was eh or good depending on who or when you asked. Around the halfway point we considered bailing because we just weren’t all that invested in it. The story, while fast-paced and well written, was improbable and mired in the world of BDSM. There were lots of things I didn’t like about it and when we were done I felt like I needed to take a shower to get clean from all of the depravity, but it was interesting and not like anything else I’ve read. I’d read more from this debut author but not a sequel if that what she’s working on.
For the giveaway-BermudaOnion sent me her audio copy and I’d love to continue the goodwill and pass it on to one of you. Just leave a comment and tell me you want it. I’ll have Gage draw a winner next Thursday (12/12). Open internationally.