The Never List by Koethi Zan

Summary: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.
My Thoughts: Koethi Zan creates an intricate plot in The Never List. As the story unravels the plot gets even more complicated and unpredictable. I found the main characters implausible at times throughout the book. Nevertheless it was an interesting read. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers then this is the book for you.
Received an advanced readers copy from Viking Books via Goodreads.

The Never List by Koethi Zan

Summary:
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.

My Thoughts:
Koethi Zan creates an intricate plot in The Never List. As the story unravels the plot gets even more complicated and unpredictable. I found the main characters implausible at times throughout the book. Nevertheless it was an interesting read. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers then this is the book for you.

Received an advanced readers copy from Viking Books via Goodreads.

The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke is an extremely well done psychological thriller, well written, compelling, fascinating characters, and interesting plot twists. Its very rare that a book leaves me speechless. Carolyn Jess-Cooke did an amazing job capturing the readers attention. I was truly lost in the story. I literary said “wow” out loud when I finished reading this book last night. Brief summary:Alex is a boy with a suicidal mother and his own psychological issues. He sees Demons. Anya his new psychiatrist suspects he may have early onset schizophrenia. Anya has some personal experience in this field as her daughter had a similar diagnosis. Anya is determined to treat and save Alex since she was not able to help her own child. As the story unravels bit by bit you start to question the characters mental sanity. Then the plot suddenly twist in a surprising direction to conclude the story and the reader is left stunned.*Received an advanced readers copy from Random House Publishing via Goodreads.

The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke is an extremely well done psychological thriller, well written, compelling, fascinating characters, and interesting plot twists. Its very rare that a book leaves me speechless. Carolyn Jess-Cooke did an amazing job capturing the readers attention. I was truly lost in the story. I literary said “wow” out loud when I finished reading this book last night.

Brief summary:
Alex is a boy with a suicidal mother and his own psychological issues. He sees Demons. Anya his new psychiatrist suspects he may have early onset schizophrenia. Anya has some personal experience in this field as her daughter had a similar diagnosis. Anya is determined to treat and save Alex since she was not able to help her own child. As the story unravels bit by bit you start to question the characters mental sanity. Then the plot suddenly twist in a surprising direction to conclude the story and the reader is left stunned.

*Received an advanced readers copy from Random House Publishing via Goodreads.

Mr Peanut by Adam Ross

Book summary:
David Pepin has been in love with his wife, Alice, since the moment they met in a university seminar on Alfred Hitchcock. After thirteen years of marriage, he still can’t imagine a remotely happy life without her—yet he obsessively contemplates her demise. Soon she is dead, and David is both deeply distraught and the prime suspect.Mesmerizing, exhilarating, and profoundly moving, Mr. Peanut is a police procedural of the soul, a poignant investigation of the relentlessly mysterious human heart—and a first novel of the highest order.  If you enjoyed Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn then you’ll love this.
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Mr Peanut by Adam Ross

Book summary:

David Pepin has been in love with his wife, Alice, since the moment they met in a university seminar on Alfred Hitchcock. After thirteen years of marriage, he still can’t imagine a remotely happy life without her—yet he obsessively contemplates her demise. Soon she is dead, and David is both deeply distraught and the prime suspect.

Mesmerizing, exhilarating, and profoundly moving, Mr. Peanut is a police procedural of the soul, a poignant investigation of the relentlessly mysterious human heart—and a first novel of the highest order.  If you enjoyed Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn then you’ll love this.

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