At Book Expo, many publishers were touting their new releases as the next Gone Girl. One of the titles that was mentioned was the recently released, The Never List by Koethi Zan. This debut novel is disturbing to say the least. The premise for this book is that 2 girlfriends have a list of things they will never to do to keep them out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, they decide to break one the rules on the list and find themselves held captive in a dungeon with two other women for several years by sadist Jack Derber. Luckily, three of the four women escape and the novel starts with Derber up for parole, ten years later. Sounds eerily like this plot was ripped from the headlines, right? It is unsettling that Zan had started writing this novel two years prior to the Cleveland case coming to light. While, I felt that Zan could’ve given more depth to the characters and backstory of The Never List, I would still recommend it to readers who are looking for an unsettling read.
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