The Never List“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

This is the first paragraph in this very scary book. I don’t need to say that the reader is gripped from the start because once you’ve read that sentance you are.

This is one exciting thriller and whilst from an early stage in the tale you know the girls have escaped from their years of capacity, danger pours from the pages of Koethi Zan’s debut novel.  There are disturbing and graphic parts of the book when they revisit their captivity which resulted in me finishing the book in daylight as I did not want to be home alone as the story reached it gripping conclusion. I’ve never done that before!

As the TV announcer might say before the best Lynda La Plante series this contains scenes that the reader might find upsetting and you still watch, the same can be said of The Never List, scenes that you’ll find disturbing however it’s gripping and compulsive and I urge you to try this debut crime novel as you’ll not be disappointed.

Sheila O’Reilly

Harvill Secker/9781846556555/£9.99