Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever

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 s...

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Never Have I Ever Reviews

  • Deanna

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    This was a FANTASTIC novel. One of my favorite reads this year.

    Forty-two year old, Amy Whey has a great life. She has a wonderful family and a terrific best friend. She finally feels at home for the first time in her life.

    was the night that Amy’s life, as well as many others, changed forever. After that night, Amy tried a variety of ways to stuff her feelings. Eventually, it was diving that saved her. Being under/>Tuesday,

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    This was a FANTASTIC novel. One of my favorite reads this year.

    Forty-two year old, Amy Whey has a great life. She has a wonderful family and a terrific best friend. She finally feels at home for the first time in her life.

    was the night that Amy’s life, as well as many others, changed forever. After that night, Amy tried a variety of ways to stuff her feelings. Eventually, it was diving that saved her. Being underwater was the only place she could forget… if just for a little while. Then Amy met Davis and his daughter, Maddy. They became her family, eventually adding baby Oliver to the mix. Finding a new best friend, Charlotte only added to Amy's happiness.

    The last seven years have been amazing, but there are times she wonders if she should have told the people she loves about her past.

    Book club is well underway when the doorbell rings. Amy opens the door to a pretty woman with beautiful dark hair. The woman's name is Angelica Roux, Roux for short. She is a single mom with a teenage son and they are staying at the Airbnb next door. She thought she would come to book club to meet some new people.

    Roux introduces herself and the other women immediately start trying to impress her. However, Charlotte, who is the leader of the group is far from impressed. Roux insults the book, sits in the host's chair, and mixes drinks like she owns the place. She basically hijacks the evening.

    Soon, Roux, has the women drinking shots and playing a game called, “

    . The game starts out innocently enough, but then one of the women confesses something that hits very close to home. Suddenly it doesn’t seem like such a harmless game. Roux says that Amy would win this game

    She seems to be indicating that she knows something about Amy's past. Amy has had enough and tells Roux to get out. As Roux is leaving she tells Amy that they need to get together, that they have a LOT to talk about.

    Amy has no intentions seeking Roux out, but she is worried. She tells herself that it’s impossible for Roux to know about her past.

    But when Roux comes looking for her, Amy’s instincts are proven right. Roux wants something from her and if she doesn’t get it, she’s going to make Amy pay...

    The story is told from Amy’s point of view. Most of it takes place in the present, but we do learn about Amy’s past and what happened that fateful night.

    Filled with fascinating characters, an engaging plot, and twists that I NEVER saw coming. I thought the story was well-paced with perfect timing, and I loved how it all came together in the end.

    Joshilyn Jackson is a tremendous storyteller, and I found this book so hard to put down! It held my attention completely.

    A thrilling story about memory, betrayal, guilt, lies, love, friendship, and revenge.

    I highly recommend this incredible domestic suspense novel!!

    I'd like to thank William Morrow for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

  • Holly  B

    The characters popped off the page with their strong personalities and I wanted to know what they were "all about". It was like watching a movie and things were unraveling fast.

    It starts with a mommies "book club" and the newest member is a doozie! All the drama starts when this newest member, Angelica Roux, breaks out the drinks and engages the club mommies in a revealing game of "Never Have I Ever".  This will begin a series of

    The characters popped off the page with their strong personalities and I wanted to know what they were "all about". It was like watching a movie and things were unraveling fast.

    It starts with a mommies "book club" and the newest member is a doozie! All the drama starts when this newest member, Angelica Roux, breaks out the drinks and engages the club mommies in a revealing game of "Never Have I Ever".  This will begin a series of events that I couldn't have ever imagined. Roux totally

    the book club!

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    Amy is on high alert with Roux's game and feels threatened by what it could cost her. She has worked hard to cover her past.

    Lots of eye popping, heart racing moments that I never could have predicted.

    The characters are center and the skillful plot moves along with the fascinating tale of greed and guilt.

    Bombshell secrets will drop, blackmail and dangerous gambles will occur, each player digging up dirty laundry until the final chapter.

    I enjoyed this entertaining read. Highly recommend to fans of drama, what would you do scenarios and plenty of gasp worthy twists!

    Thanks to the publisher for my early copy. OUT on JULY 30, 2019

    Blog review closer to publication.

  • Will Byrnes

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    Sometimes it comes crashing back in dramatic fashion, banging on the door, in a moonglow of dark intent, and demanding that attention be paid, and paid, and paid. Roux, a new neighbor dropping in on the local moms book group, must have parked her broom somewhere out of sight. The ladies would not really get around to discussing Edith Wharton’s

    , even though at least

    of them had surely read it. Those who had might appreciate that an evening supposedly dedicated to a book about the hypocrisy of social mores in the high society of late 19th century New York would spark a battle royale in which the secrets of

    small society were at risk of exposure. The model-level-stunning Roux is a charismatic presence, everyone wanting to earn her approval. She encourages excessive consumption of alcohol, starts a souped-up variation of the

    drinking game, assigns everyone individual

    , and begins harvesting secrets. But this is collateral entertainment. Roux is there for one person only and lets her know in no uncertain terms.

    Amy Whey has a good life. She has a happy marriage, a beautiful baby, a pretty sane thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, and a successful career as a scuba instructor, here in Pensacola. It had not always been so. One spell of adolescent foolishness had changed what had been a decent life into something else. Half her high school a blur, her relationship with her parents ruined, disgrace brought down on her family. Wastrel years followed, with self-destruction denied its ultimate prize when Amy was introduced to scuba, (Buoy meets girl?) in which she found a joy that was spiritual as well as physical, and a way forward to having a life. But Roux knows Amy’s secret, and that life is in mortal peril. All Amy has to do to keep that life is give Roux every cent she has and then wonder when she will be back for more.

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    It turns out that Amy is not entirely sunk by Roux’s threat, but rises to the surface, gasping for air and finds a way to shore. The benefit of having kept secrets all her life is having a pretty decent feel for how to go about uncovering the secrets of others. It requires some pretty bold action, but having guts, plus an excellent brain, gives her the wherewithal to give Roux a serious run for her money.

    Amy is

    , even since she began on her more righteous path. She has made decisions about how much to reveal of herself, of her history, particularly that dark bit, to the people closest to her. This makes Amy a particularly relatable character. I mean don’t we all have things in our past that have somehow never made it into conversation with the people we are close to now? Little pockets of privacy we can rue in private, at our leisure, presuming we have failed to remove them from our memories entirely? Ok, well then kick it up a few notches into felony territory. No more nice neighborhood. Maybe no more husband and possibly baby. What would

    do to keep that secret from becoming common knowledge? What lines would

    cross? What further crimes might

    commit? Amy faces many moral forks in the road ahead.

    It was sweet to see Jackson work Amy’s feeling for diving into how she sees the world, and the particular form of misery she faces in Roux.

    The book alternates chapters, up to a point, between the contemporary blackmail duel and the events of Amy’s adolescence. We get to know what there is to know, bit by bit, and with some nifty misdirections. One of the truly fun things about this book is Jackson’s ability to keep ending her chapters with twists and hooks that make you want to read

    . Read, hook, repeat.

    Another fun element is how Amy comes to see Roux, ironically, as the only person who really gets her.

    Roux keeps finding herself surprised that someone she had thought would be an easy mark had turned out to be a tough competitor in a game of spy versus spy. Frenemies on steroids. There is a nice scene in which Amy gives Roux a book to read, Stephen King’s

    , maybe hoping she would, on reading it, consider where she had gone wrong, maybe rue her current life gig? The author here is reminding those who are familiar with the book that many, many of us have not always lived our best lives.

    Jackson had an interesting approach to her scene-writing, informed by her other career, that explains why her dialogue makes sense, and feels credible:

    This is in addition to doing some serious hands-on research into scuba diving.

    There are several elements in

    that readers familiar with Jackson’s writing will recognize. Redemption is a frequent theme. Amy is certainly trying, in addition to besting Roux, to make up for what she had done. Secrets are a favorite central pillar. Amy has a few, and so does Roux, but they are not alone. And Jax can usually be counted on to look at the construction and disassembly of families. In this one, Amy has forged a new family for herself with formerly married Davis, and his daughter, Madison, (adolescents seem a mandatory element, so check, and Roux arrives with one of her own, so double-check) while her original family seems to have pretty much dissolved. Jackson’s books can be counted on to present (at least one) mystery, which is exposed to the light in a final reveal/twist. A pretty killer one here. Somehow Jackson uses these familiar parts to construct a novel that feels quite different from her earlier work, while somehow still managing to remain engaging and satisfying. Highlighting the what-are-they-hiding elements makes it feel more like a thriller/mystery than her prior work, although there was no shortage of mystery in those.

    I have one gripe about the book. There is a point at which Amy misleads Roux by telling her something that was not true, hardly an unreasonable approach when dealing with the criminal element. But not having been clued in by the author makes Amy, who had seemed pretty reliable, an unreliable narrator. It seemed inconsistent.

    But that's a quibble, really. Bottom line is that I found

    to be an addictive page-turner of a thriller, by a reliable author at the top of her game. A terrific beach read, but with plenty of meat on those bones to make it an excellent book-club item as well. Strap on a tank, rub some spit on your mask, slip into some flippers and take a long step over the side of your boat.

    will take you for a time out of your world and let you float about in another for however long it takes you to read it. Dive in. Look around. You won’t be sorry.

    Review posted – July 19, 2019

    Publication date – July 30, 2019

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  • Crumb

    This thriller leaked into every pore of my body. I couldn't escape the plot. You won't get many details from me regarding the storyline because it's best to go into this one blind.

    Amy is a run-of-the-mill suburban mom, although she is in the 1% club. She's a scuba diver. What were

    thinking I meant? She enjoys the boring, satisfying routineIntoxicatingWhen

    This thriller leaked into every pore of my body. I couldn't escape the plot. You won't get many details from me regarding the storyline because it's best to go into this one blind.

    Amy is a run-of-the-mill suburban mom, although she is in the 1% club. She's a scuba diver. What were

    thinking I meant? She enjoys the boring, satisfying routine of everyday suburbia. Amy loves her husband and stepdaughter Maddy, who lovingly refers to her as 'Monster'. She is perfectly content with a perfectly boring life. . . until book club. When everything is turned upside down and inside out. It's as if someone flipped the switch on the dryer to the

    . No more Boring. No more Routine. Here comes your

    Whew! Just writing this review re-energizes me.

    On a number of occasions, I've voiced my annoyances with the ever-growing amount of similar psychological thrillers. They are

    . I even stopped reading that genre for a while because of my mounting frustration. I'm happy to report that this one broke the mold.

    doesn't follow the playbook. It doesn't play by any rules. Get ready to play detective and

    This book will keep you guessing all the way into the night. . .

  • Diane S ☔

    It starts when s new member shows up at the book club. A game, Never have i Ever, a secret kept for many years. What if someone knows your secret? Is willing to do anything to win the game, and get your money? Would you know how to play? Could you find a way to win?

    I've read this author for years, has the undeniable knack of creating fully realistic characters. Women and situations that could be taken out of the newspapers, maybe even our own lives, our neighborhoods. These women see

    It starts when s new member shows up at the book club. A game, Never have i Ever, a secret kept for many years. What if someone knows your secret? Is willing to do anything to win the game, and get your money? Would you know how to play? Could you find a way to win?

    I've read this author for years, has the undeniable knack of creating fully realistic characters. Women and situations that could be taken out of the newspapers, maybe even our own lives, our neighborhoods. These women seem real because they are multilayered, not all good, not all bad.

    I found this story, absorbing, addicting. Times I thought I knew where it was going, how I felt, something was revealed that I didn't see coming, and my feelings changed again. Couldn't wait to see how this was going to end. Both women had much to lose, so who would come out on top? Such a spider web of s story, expertly plotted, and expertly executed. Step, by step.

    ARC from Book browse.

  • Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends

    3.5 Stars

    Never Have I Ever starts off with my kind of evening, a book club meeting, wine and friends. What could go wrong? Soon things take a turn when a new neighbour changes the pace to a game of Never Have I Ever. Along with a little too much drink, things take a very intriguing turn and secrets start to come out or threaten to come out. I was hooked and couldn’t wait to find out more. The pace slows down a bit as the characters are developed and I began to get a little impatience

    3.5 Stars

    Never Have I Ever starts off with my kind of evening, a book club meeting, wine and friends. What could go wrong? Soon things take a turn when a new neighbour changes the pace to a game of Never Have I Ever. Along with a little too much drink, things take a very intriguing turn and secrets start to come out or threaten to come out. I was hooked and couldn’t wait to find out more. The pace slows down a bit as the characters are developed and I began to get a little impatience and wanted things to move along a bit faster.

    A game of cat and mouse takes off between our main characters and the pace picked up along with the tension between the characters. I was intrigued and loved the dynamics between the characters. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to get to that explosive ending. Things turned a little darker than I expected from Jackson. Normally I think my feathers might have got a bit rumpled by how things wrapped up if it wasn’t Jackson who wrote this one. In the end, I decided Jackson can do no wrong and still remains on the top of my list of favourite authors.

    I received a copy from the publisher on Edelweiss

  • Dita

    You know those conversational terrorists who hijack group get-togethers by dominating everything?

    Now imagine one shows up to your BFF's snoozeville book club. You are secretly delighted until you realize that she has charmed everyone else as well and bish knows your deepest, darkest secret.

    Amy has created a quiet little life with her hubby, step-daughter, and infant son when Roux tornadoes into her life hellbent on destroying it. Why does Roux want to ruin her life and what lengths

    You know those conversational terrorists who hijack group get-togethers by dominating everything?

    Now imagine one shows up to your BFF's snoozeville book club. You are secretly delighted until you realize that she has charmed everyone else as well and bish knows your deepest, darkest secret.

    Amy has created a quiet little life with her hubby, step-daughter, and infant son when Roux tornadoes into her life hellbent on destroying it. Why does Roux want to ruin her life and what lengths will Amy go to in order to protect herself, her family and her secret?

    This was yummy!

    Thank you to Joshilyn Jackson, HarperCollins Publishers, William Morrow and Netgalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Charlotte May

    Fucked up, twisty and with a solid ending.

    4 stars ⭐

    This was a sinister read. When at her local neighbourhood book club Amy opens her front door to a stranger, she has no idea the danger she is inviting into her home.

    Roux is charismatic and sexy – she soon has the entire book club drunk and revealing their secrets, and it’s not long before she hints that she knows more about Amy’s past than she should.

    As Amy’s secrets threaten to become exposed, she takes drastic measures to keep the new

    Fucked up, twisty and with a solid ending.

    4 stars ⭐️

    This was a sinister read. When at her local neighbourhood book club Amy opens her front door to a stranger, she has no idea the danger she is inviting into her home.

    Roux is charismatic and sexy – she soon has the entire book club drunk and revealing their secrets, and it’s not long before she hints that she knows more about Amy’s past than she should.

    As Amy’s secrets threaten to become exposed, she takes drastic measures to keep the new life she has made for herself safe.

    And that ending was spot on. Shocking enough without being unrealistic and a good way to tie up the novel.

  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    I love a good twisty thriller and boy did Joshilyn Jackson deliver with the twists here! Just when I thought I had things figured out - another juicy tidbit came into light. The pace was a bit

    I love a good twisty thriller and boy did Joshilyn Jackson deliver with the twists here! Just when I thought I had things figured out - another juicy tidbit came into light. The pace was a bit slow but it never bothered me here - it felt a bit like Jackson was playing a game of cat & mouse with the reader. I was hooked and determined to figure things out. I never did!

    I loved Amy. She was full of layers - loving one minute and tough the next. She was smart, no nonsense & quite a formidable opponent for Roux. Roux was the kind of character that had me shaking my head in disbelief. I love an engaging female villain and Roux was exactly that. The two of them together were pure entertainment.

    Well done Ms. Jackson, well done!

  • Kaceey

    Although Charlotte runs the neighborhood book-club, it’s always hosted by Amy, and they’re meeting tonight. Beautiful and sultry Roux, new to the neighborhood, decides to invite herself to the club. Everyone welcomes her...that is until she hijacks the entire meeting and proceeds to get all the moms beyond tipsy. She has her own agend/>What

    Although Charlotte runs the neighborhood book-club, it’s always hosted by Amy, and they’re meeting tonight. Beautiful and sultry Roux, new to the neighborhood, decides to invite herself to the club. Everyone welcomes her...that is until she hijacks the entire meeting and proceeds to get all the moms beyond tipsy. She has her own agenda... She wants to play a little game.

    Maybe you’re familiar with this game?🤷🏻♀️ I wasn’t.

    Made me wonder about these women and all their juicy secrets. I think my neighborhood and group of friends would pale in comparison. But then again...I guess you just never know.

    Make no mistake. Amy’s secret is a doozy to keep. And it seems Roux is determined to expose all. But why? What could she possibly gain? And why is Roux fixated on Amy’s secret and no one else’s?

    This book starts off extremely slow. I considered a DNF not too far in. But I forged ahead and the story-line really took off. There are even a couple of twists that absolutely shocked me!

    A buddy read with Susanne!🌸

    Thank you to Edelweiss, HarperCollins - William Morrow and Joshilyn Jackson for an ARC to read and review.

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