January 1st, 2013
August 3, 2018 August 5, 2018
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.
About the book
This book is electrifying. It is very well built and has very flowing style. I read this book in two days, just like for “The butterfly garden” last year, I read it while I was on vacation and it captivated me from the beginning and I could not wait to read what really happened to the girls.
The book is not for everyone, it talks about torture but not explicitly (the only flaw of the book, even if the “said and not said” is okay). The narration is given to one of Jack Dreber’s victims and he was a university professor of psychology.
The girls have been locked up in a cellar for 3 or 5 years and we don’t know explicitly what happened during these years.
The book begins talking about the life of the protagonist a few years before the abduction occurred, till the abduction that occurred together with her best friend, Jennifer. Then it jumps to the present when the kidnapper appeals to be released from prison. Because of this appeal, Sarah manages to get out of her shell so that her tormentor (and maybe killer) isn’t released. And from here the story is a mixture of present and past. We learn that in jail Jack got married to Sylvia, but who is really Sylvia? I have to say that I understood almost immediately who Sylvia was and I liked the little “play” of the publisher in my version (he wrote a post-it note asking if I had understood everything and not to reveal the mystery).
From what I said, you can probably get that I loved this book, I like books told by the victims or the killers and I like the psychological aspect of torture and what the human mind can endure and do, to get rid of fear and pain.