Today I have a review of Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson, which published on Tuesday via William Morrow. A big thank you to William Morrow for the complimentary copy. Joshilyn Jackson is one of my favorites!
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Amy Whey has a simple life. She’s a stepmom, lives in a quaint neighborhood, bakes cookies to welcome new neighbors, and hangs out with her best friend, Charlotte, organizing a neighborhood book club no less.
On the night of bookclub, they are joined by a new neighbor, Roux, who immediately worms her way into the group with her charm. She needs no introductions. She captivates the room from the start.
But when Roux stars a game of spilling secrets…you know the one… Amy begins to learn why Roux is there, and it’s not to play nicely.
You see, Amy did something in her past that she’s run from ever since, and Roux knows.
Roux also threatens Amy to let the secrets, but Amy is no quitter. She has to beat Roux at her own game, and the cost may be higher than she ever imagined.
Oh my! This book enthralled me from the very first page. First of all, it starts at a bookclub, and who wouldn’t love that. Then, you add in Joshilyn Jackson’s easy writing style and clever way of creating characters, and I was all in.
I absolutely adored Joshilyn Jackson’s first thriller. Her trademark humor and wit is here, along all the other fun nuances of her writing, but the book has a serious and tense tone throughout. It was an addicting story that I had to know how it would end, and it kept me up late until I found out.
Overall, with multiple layers and a completely original storyline, I predict Never Have I Ever will be a big hit this summer.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
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.