This is a novel of three women who were held as captives by a sadist who tortured them daily. It’s now ten years later and they are free, but still trying to deal with what happened to them. There was a fourth girl, Jennifer, who died during their captivity.
I highly wonder if the author used a current event situation as inspiration for this piece. To me it was just a little obvious? Another thing that didn't feel quite right was the conversations between the girls. It felt a bit fake. Like they were reading from a script. It felt too stiff and so very formal. The book wasn't terribly violent.
I do feel the author wrote a good story in some places. But in others the story just didn’t work…such as the conversations. At times thee plot seemed rather ridiculous. It does have a nice twist and turn at the end, which was nice. I would say to any potential readers, read it, you may have different conclusions than I did. But for me it just didn’t work.
For years, Sarah Farber and her best friend, Jennifer, kept what they called the Never List: a list of actions to be avoided at all costs, for safety’s sake. But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride one 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, Sarah’s abductor is up for parole and she can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends to her from prison. But when Sarah decides to confront her phobias and reconnect with the other survivors she begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined.
A blazingly fast read with eerie similarities to the recent kidnapping case in Cleveland, The Never List is a smart, riveting, and bold pageturner that will leave readers awake all night with the lights on.