Title: The List
Author: Carys Jones
Publication Date: 15th October 2020
Beth Belmont runs every day, hard and fast on the trail near home. She knows every turn, every bump in the road. So when she spots something out of place – a slip of white paper at the base of a tree – she’s drawn to it.
On the paper are five names. The third is her own.
Beth can’t shake off the unease the list brings. Why is she on it? And what ties her to the other four strangers?
Then she discovers that the first two names are both dead.
Is she next?
Delving into the past of the two dead strangers, the truth Beth finds will lead her headlong into her darkest, deadliest and most dangerous nightmares…
I was so intrigued by the concept of The List and completely drawn in by the cover and I’m pleased to say it didn’t disappoint at all! The story follows Beth, a woman with a secretive nature who, whilst out running in the woods near her home, comes across a list with five names on it, the third of which is her own. As Beth desperately tries to understand her connection to the other people on the list we learn more and more about the darkness in her past which refuses to disappear.
I read this book so quickly, desperate to find out exactly what the full story was. It’s a bit of a slow burn at first, with the reader just as in the dark about why Beth is on the list as she is, but the story slowly but surely builds to an intense and shocking conclusion. The author creates an incredibly tense and uneasy atmosphere which totally creeps under the skin of the reader. Beth is an intriguing character to follow. She is a bit of an enigma to begin with and then as the truth of her past starts to become clear, I felt a lot of compassion for her, which surprised me for a few reasons. The narrative is split into three points of view, which I loved. It gave a really interesting perspective on the events that led to the creation of the list and each voice felt equally fascinating. I really don’t want to give too much away about the plot because slowly learning little kernels of the truth is part of what makes The List so addictive. If you enjoy original, compelling and thoroughly engrossing thrillers then I think The List will be right up your street. Highly recommend!
I received a copy of the book from the publisher. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.