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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus (November 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605983918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605983912
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ylva Zetterburg tells her husband she’s going for drinks with coworkers, tells her coworkers she’s heading home for a family night, and then disappears. Her husband, Mike, afraid to acknowledge that she might not return, waits several days to report her missing. After the report, Mike is under the scrutiny of the police and the community in Helsingbord, Sweden. Everyone is convinced he must have murdered his wife. They are mistaken. Ylva has been snatched by a couple from her past bent on exacting an elaborately cruel revenge. She’s held in a basement cell just across the street from her home, forced to watch live camera feeds of her family’s activities while her captors attempt to destroy her with violence and manipulation. Koppel heightens suspense by withholding Ylva’s decades-old offense until the last chapter and cultivating the equal possibilities that she will be rescued, escape, or be completely forgotten. The scariest kind of thriller, with brutality delivered matter-of-factly and painfully realistic characters, this is both excruciating and irresistible. Endless discussion avenues for book groups. --Christine Tran

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“Crisp and simple yet devastatingly effective, this is an unrelenting, terrifying slab of a psychological thriller which ticks all the right boxes.” (The Daily Mirror)

“The most terrifying crime novel I have ever read.” (Lyssnarkuben Magazine)

“A supremely professional piece of work with a palpable sense of tension.” (The Independent)

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The ending was abrupt...and not quite satisfying.
Jeanette
Never Coming Back is a novel that's easy to read but not so easy to stomach.
Lakis Fourouklas
Thank you NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lakis Fourouklas on October 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Never Coming Back is a story about cruelty and sin, redemption and revenge, and it's one of the darkest novels I've ever read.

Hans Koppel doesn't hold anything back in this story, in which he depicts a far from perfect world; a world where young people torture their schoolmates and where some other people need to take the law into their own hands to deliver justice. But do two wrongs make one right?

The moral dilemmas in this novel are aplenty, and its characters are nothing but innocent. It doesn't matter if they are good at heart or not. It doesn't matter if they are the victims of their own weaknesses, and yes, it doesn't matter if they've regretted their past actions. What matters is that they did something wrong, and, sooner or later, they'll have to pay for it.

But even those of them who have no dark secrets to hide seem quite unhappy, living desperate lives, struggling to survive in a world that they really don't like.

"Look at me: unmarried, no children, a reporter for a weekly. I do saccharine interviews with washed-up TV celebrities and village eccentrics, write racy short stories about young women at their peak, twenty-seven years old. Short stories are read by women who are seventy-two. Same numbers, just inverted. I have no ambitions, no prospects. My only luxury in life is ice-cream in summer, a beer in the pub and sometimes, when the urge takes me, a trip to the cinema in the middle of the week."

And this is one of the characters that, with difficulties or not, lives a quite straight-forward life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Swedish author Petter Lidbeck writes this novel under the pseudonym of Hans Koppel, a dark tale of carefully plotted revenge carried out in a most macabre manner. When Ylva Zetterberg declines an after-hours drink with coworkers, planning a evening with husband and daughter, Mike and Sanna, no one suspects that she will disappear without a trace. As Mike anticipates his wife's arrival later that night, Ylva is offered a ride by on the way to the bus stop, seduced by a familiar face and the normalcy of the encounter. Too late, she realizes the danger as the past comes back to haunt her via two people tragically impacted by an event years before. Through the perspectives of Ylva, her husband, the abductors and two former high school friends on the trail of a mystery, Koppel creates an eerie world in where the isolated victim watches the unfolding drama at her home through the lens of a camera: the initial furor of her disappearance, the dwindling interest of authorities, husband and daughter beginning new routines, the agonizing proximity of the familiar.

The psychological tension builds with each day that Ylva remains missing, her loved ones tantalizingly close yet impossible to reach in a methodical juxtaposition of life in stasis and family getting on with their lives. As two friends question the coincidence of the deaths of three of Ylva's classmates and her disappearance, Mike Zetterberg adjusts to an existence without the answers he desperately needs, examining his own feelings about a sometimes unfaithful wife, the captors inventively increasing their hostage's suffering. Ylva endures their torture and perversions, learning the extent of her will to survive. Past melds with present, the forgotten actions of cruel youths precipitating a tragedy with far-reaching consequences. Ultimately, fate demands its due, the end savage and unexpected, revenge, when served, a cold, cold dish. Luan Gaines/2012.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosa L. Tolin on May 3, 2013
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A very good story. The plot is well though out and well written. The ending was not what I expected, but overall it was a good book. Very pleased!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nomdeplume on April 23, 2012
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This is a good book for people who like a good fright and some psychological terror.

It hangs the mystery of why people are behaving and being treated in this way out there and then slowly hauls in the facts and the clues and the experiences and brings them to a conclusion.

It is not a light or an entertaining book but it is a good journey to the end and will provide a few scares and some entertainment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Robert Carron on March 15, 2012
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Had never heard of this book till I read a review in our local daily paper and bought it for my Kindle. Worst part was when I finished it as it was a top read. Kept me enthralled all the way through. My housemate is now reading it and equally enjoying it. As modern as today as it deals with a current social problem. Pulls no punches!
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This is not WAR AND PEACE but that is not what I was looking for. A long, long cold winter made this book a perfect curl-up book. It held my interest. It entertained me. It is certainly better than television.
In other words, I liked it a lot.
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All the characters in this book are totally unlikeable but it says something about the quality of writing that it had me hooked from the very first page. I wanted to know what happened to them and why even when I couldn't identify with anything they did or how they treated each other.
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By Neal Stockheimer on August 12, 2013
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hi good book to read wife loved it came fast for a paper back will by more of them.thank you
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