Book Review: Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson


Title: Never Have I Ever
Author: Joshilyn Jackson
Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Series: n/a
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.03


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.

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Two very different women. Both with secrets they want to keep hidden. Amy is happy with her ordinary life. When new neighbor Roux shows up at book club, and suggests the women play a variation on the game Never Have I Ever, Amy fears her secrets may be revealed.

Amy has worked to keep her past hidden. She has a secret that, if revealed, would upend everything she has. When Roux attempts to blackmail Amy, Amy isn’t going along with Roux’s plan. As Amy learns more about Roux, she finds out that Roux has secrets too. Deceptions and betrayals aplenty… with it being anybody’s guess who will come out on top.

A combination of psychological thriller and women’s fiction. This book has one thing I love in domestic suspense novels – it takes place in idyllic suburbia. Amy and Roux are neighbors that get involved in a dark game of deceptions. The relationships with their families and other neighbors strengthens the story.

A good book for readers who enjoy some drama with their suspense. Gripping, twisted, and clever.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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