Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"Wonderful--suspense and surprises, real characters, and a scary, ominous backbeat. This feels like the book Jackson was born to write." --Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

Named a Best Book by USA Today * People * The Wall Street Journal * Time * Entertainment Weekly * Bustle * and many more!

From New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson, a twisting novel of domestic suspense in which a group of women play a harmless drinking game that escalates into a war of dark pasts

In this game, even winning can be deadly...

Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it--teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy's sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night.

Sultry and magnetic, Roux beguiles the group with her feral charm. She keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets. Everyone thinks it's naughty, harmless fun. Only Amy knows better. Something wicked has come her way--a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did.

When they're alone, Roux tells her that if she doesn't give her what she asks for, what she deserves, she's going to make Amy pay for her sins. One way or another.

To protect herself and her family and save the life she's built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can't beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins.

A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson's trademark humor, Never Have I Ever explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance.

Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062855312
006285531X
Branch Call Number: FIC Jacks
Characteristics: 340 pages

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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jul 06, 2020

Fans of twisty mysteries will enjoy. I thought this one was interesting in how it dealt with redemption for past bad actions, but was not a fan of the way one of the twists was handled. Still, an entertaining read.

neyoscribbles Nov 29, 2019

It was very entertaining to read about two personalities challenging each others' potential for darkness which only meant that all other characters were rendered useless. Despite the unexpected plot twists, the ending was too neatly packed and delivered for my liking. Maybe if the secondary characters had an actual role in the novel, there could have been a potential to convince the reader?

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Rita_Maria
Nov 25, 2019

I found this book extremely hard to put down. Jackson is very descriptive and keeps the story going at a very fast pace. I can't wait to read more from her!

Gina_Vee Nov 06, 2019

First of all, I'm going to start with a trigger warning... maybe several trigger warnings, honestly.

This was a great suspense novel because Joshilyn did such a great job at developing a female villain character outside of the sci fi fantasy genre. The book focuses on outskirt topics like guilt and overeating struggles while mixing in the lives of less-ordinary-lives characters. The bigger plot, which I don't mention here, is what drives readers to have a hard time putting the book down. Joshilyn's one of my favorite authors because of her ability to develop such strong characters and a strong plot in her novels.

But again... trigger warnings galore.

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mynovelesquelife
Oct 11, 2019

RATING: 4 STARS
2019; William Morrow/HarperCollins Canada

Ummmm...so, I was pretty much hooked at book club! This is a "mommies in the neighbourhood" book club and they are big on drinking and being away from the kiddies for awhile. Reading the book seems to be optional - though with titles like Bleak House and House of Mirth, alcohol may be more of a need. The book club also reminds me of Desperate Housewives meets Survivor as there seems to be drama, secrets, different alliances and many games.

When a new member/neighbour shows up, and literally barges her way through taking over the meeting, Amy smells trouble brewing. Only Amy and Char, the book club leader and Amy's best friend, seem to know she is trouble. As Roux, the new cunning neighbour pours alcohol into the women she starts a game like "Never Have I Ever". She extracts their secrets and Amy is wonders how far Roux will go. Unfortunately, for Amy she will know how far Roux will go, but if she can find out why, maybe she can save herself and those she loves.

What a crazy ride! It is the ultimate cat and mouse game that is so psychologically satisfying! Okay, I am going to stop using exclamation points now. I have read a few of Jackson's previous novels, and have enjoyed them. When I read the synopsis of this novel, I could see this was different than her previous books. She writes more of literary fiction, so I was excited to see her change over to domestic suspense. I have come to the conclusion that she is great with characters and plot no matter the genre. I didn't even think about how this would end as I was enjoying the game happening in the present. I don't want to say too much in case I give away spoilers. All I can say is if you are looking for a good writing and a fast read, try Never Have I Ever!

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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betsymarzoni
Sep 09, 2019

Lots of psychological games between two women who both have a lot to lose.

DCLadults Aug 14, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. Here’s a cat-and-mouse thriller that you won’t be able to put down. I never saw the end coming. Jackson's first thriller and it’s addictive.

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cjtich
Aug 05, 2019

Could NOT put this riveting, engrossing book down. I have enjoyed all Joshilyn Jackson' books, but this one is the best so far.

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trickbag22
Aug 03, 2019

Love Ms Jacksons books and this one is no exception. I reviewed it on Goodreads and recommend to friends who love this genre. Be careful of the pieces of yourself that you buried. In the words of Stephen King, sometimes they come back

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darladoodles
Jul 22, 2019

4+ stars for this chilling new suburban thriller. Amy Whey opens the door on book club night and finds evil incarnate on her doorstep. The woman introduces herself as Angelica Roux and proceeds to dominate the evening, leaving Amy with this: "Come by my place. Soon. We have a lot to talk about." Thus begins a high-stakes game of chicken with an epic conclusion. Amy is a deep sea dive instructor which adds an interesting dimension to the plot and her story. Would make a fabulous read for book groups.

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