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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  39,222 ratings  ·  5,490 reviews
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
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by William Morrow
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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.

Tuesday, May 28, 1991, 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.
Holly  B
I was wrapped up in these characters from the first chapter!

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 ev
Will Byrnes
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
I opened the door to a stranger, standing easy with the fat moon rising behind her, practically perching on her shoulder…She was the pretty that’s on television:symmetrical features, matte skin, and that kind of long, slim, yoga body that still made me feel self-conscious about my own…She smiled and I had no premonition as I smiled back. She didn’t look like my own destruction to me.
The past is never dead. It's not even past.
---William Faulkner - Re
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
Something annoying wicked this way comes.

When Angelica Roux breezes into a meeting of Amy's friendly neighborhood Book Club, you would think she belonged there, or at least that she had been invited.

New to the neighborhood, renting a dilapidated house that sees many short-term tenants, Roux is carefree and mysterious.

The other women are intrigued by her vivacious personality, but not Amy. She can't help but wonder what the angle is. Roux seems to be intentionally trying to get under her skin.

Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intense, Insidious, and Intoxicating

When you are reading Never Have I Ever at night, in bed, and the dreaded witching hour comes a tickin', I dare you to put this book down. I dare you.

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 you thinking I meant? She enjoy
Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maybe
To be three or not to be three that’s the question, no, no ,no, I’m going back and forth between three to four like swinging on teeterboards, because this book started good, then it got slow, slower, slowest, and BAMMM…no, I don’t talk about the twists, I just dropped the book out of my hands because I started sleeping…But as a summary, let’s stick with four hardly given stars!

Reading this book is one of my most interesting experiences in my life. Because first impressions are so important for
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, 2020, suspense
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson is a 2019 William Morrow publication.

A thrilling battle of wills!!

Most of us have heard of the ‘Never have I ever’ game. But what if the game was mixed up a little? What if, instead of admitting to things you've never done, what if you confessed to the worst thing you did that day, or week, or month, or ever? Now, that could be a very dangerous game, indeed.

Amy Whey is happily married, has a teenage stepdaughter, and a young son. She has a close friendshi
What if you had a secret so profound that you spent your entire life trying to hide it? And what if the new mom on the block decides she wants to expose that secret!?

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
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 life
Diane S ☔
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lor-2019
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 becau
j e w e l s

Another so-so thriller. I liked this one enough, I'm just not a huge fan of what I like to call "the chick-lit/suspense crossover" genre. Really rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it?

Joshilyn Jackson fits into my made-up genre perfectly well. Apparently, she was a chick lit writer and is now trying her hand at thrillers.

While Jackson is a sharp writer, the gossipy tone of the book turns me off. The characters and plot just are not deep or interesting enough to grab my full attentio
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-reads, 2019
4 Games Can Be Deadly Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Amy has secrets she has spent years hiding. When new neighbor Roux shows up, determined to shake everyone's skeletons out of their closets, Amy finds herself drawn into a deadly game of cat & mouse. Who has more to hide? Who has more to lose? Who will win - Amy or Roux?

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
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'How far does it go?'

'Oh, come on Amy. A good game has to go all the way,' Roux said, and her pink tongue came out for just a moment to touch her pale upper lip. 'Think back. What's the worst thing you ever did?'

ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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 husb
Brenda ~Traveling Sister Book Reviews
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
I read this book for a video and I really ended up not enjoying here, here are some general thoughts:

-I don’t like thrillers where the main thrilling thing happening is a character blackmailing another character
-I don’t like the really long chapters with little dialogue, it’s a lot a lot of descriptions that just don’t feel relevant to the story
-The stakes just don’t feel very high
-I don’t find the character Roux to be very intimidating or threatening I think she’s cheesy as hell and kind of o
Amy is living a quiet suburban existence as a mom and part-time scuba diving instructor with her husband, infant son, and stepdaughter when Roux moves into the neighborhood. She shows up unannounced at book club and is the book club member from hell who hasn’t read the book and takes over the meeting. She quickly livens things up with free-flowing alcohol and the spilling of secrets by playing a game of Never Have I Ever.

The problem? Amy has big secrets that she wants kept secret. And Roux seem
Joshilyn Jackson
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-wrote
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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 #1 NYT bestselling author

A smart, original thriller with real, compelling characters and a chilling reveal. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. -Clare Mackintosh, NYT bestselling author

“Jackson is a master of timing, meting out tension and detail impeccably. By the time of the explosive, entirely un
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Never have I ever read such an instantly gripping and captivating book! This book had my attention from page one. Wondering what was going to happen and how it would all come to pass. I found this book to be original, engaging and thought provoking. Who was going to win this battle of wits and cunning? How would she beat Roux at her game? This was a well written and thought out page turner. Highly recommend.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
When one of your favorite authors writes in a new genre... ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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 g
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It always starts with one drink that turns into one too many. A dangerous game. Loose lips sink ships. Secrets are revealed. Regret the next day.

This has booze, a book club and a bitch.

And a heck of a storyline that will have you question how well do you really know your friends?

4⭐️ another entertaining one, Jackson.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

‘never have I ever’
battled to not give up in a first chapter so much for a long long time
The book starts at a book club and am not joking the names of the neighbours in attendance was almost enough to halt proceedings....Panda Grier, Amy Whey, Char, Tate Bonasco, Sheridan, Liddy get the picture...then Roux turns up, shes new and immediately takes over and makes them do a game of ‘what animal are you’ before a version of never have I ever starts
Very clumsy and disjointed beginning ,
Nice writing, interesting and well-developped characters hiding plenty of secrets and, most of all, a lot of twists !

Jackson put her main character, Amy, in a situation we can't help but wonder: what would I do in her place?! And that is a real moral dilemma...

About Amy's relationships: I really appreciated reading about Maddy and Charlotte. On the other hand, I think Davis could have been more important in the story. It's the only character I didn't connect with.

My only real complaint is that
Amy Whey loves the life she’s created for herself after a very troubled time as a child and teenager. She’s married to a good man, mother to an infant son and a teenaged stepdaughter, with whom she has a strong relationship. She’s a scuba diving instructor, active within her community and best friend to her neighbor Charlotte who she adores. Char runs the neighborhood book club but Amy has hosted it in her basement as they grew in attendance. But the night mysterious new neighbor Angelica Roux s ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The games people play......

Rules subject to change. Players to be determined later.

Joshilyn Jackson presents a twisty turning bowl of friendship pasta seasoned with some sizzlin' secrets long kept buried. That is until Roux moves to Pensacola and shows up at Amy Whey's doorstep uninvited.

It's Book Club Night for the mommies of the neighborhood. Opened bottles of wine are set out and random chairs beckon friends to lean in toward one another as the evening's book will be discussed with gusto. Bu
Susanne  Strong
3 Stars.

Amy has a past. Not that anyone would know it. To her friends and family she is a mother and a dive instructor and her life seems picture perfect thought it wasn’t always that way.

Amy always imagined that her secrets would stay in the past, exactly where they belonged. That is where they stayed until the day that she walked into a game of “Never Have I Ever” and her new neighbor Roux made it clear that she knew. Thereafter, Amy ad Roux had a game to play and both had every intention of
Life for Amy Whey couldn’t be better with a newborn baby boy, fifteen year old stepdaughter and her loving husband. Amy leads a simple and happy life, she enjoys cooking, helping out her friends and being a mother and a devoted wife. Amy’s best friend Charlotte runs their local book club and Amy is always helping out whenever she can. The book club is a great way unwind and meet the local neighbours and discuss what they are reading.

The dynamics of the the book club change when a woman by the n
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Play to win… or lose everything. The rules are simple – toy with, torment, and then destroy.


Amy Whey has the perfect suburban set-up – husband, stepdaughter, new baby, friends, career.

And then a knock at the door changes everything.

New neighbour, Angelica Roux (call me Roux like the kangaroo) swoops into book club night, and immediately takes over, charming the other housewives. When she suggests a game of Never Have I Ever, the women are or for it, except for Amy, because
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ew
Never Have I Ever is a really tense reading experience. I don’t really associate Joshilyn Jackson with psychological thrillers, but this one sure felt close to the genre. After a tragic event during her adolescence and subsequent years of self loathing, Amy reinvents herself as a wife, stepmother to a teen, mother to a baby and diving instructor. She seems to be leading a pretty normal middle class life until Roux shows up. Roux seems to know all of Amy’s secrets. What follows is a tug of war be ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
The neighborhood ladies gather for their regular book club meeting to discuss The House of Mirth.  Alas and alack, it is not to be.  New neighbor Roux has other ideas, and steers the normal bookish discussion into game play.  Is she a breath of fresh air, or something more akin to a moray eel lurking until ready to ambush?  Long buried secrets are about to come bubbling to the surface.  High octane domestic suspense/thriller that means business.  Not the same as all the rest.  Loved every minute ...more
After a difficult time during her teens and twenties, Amy Whey seems to have got her life together and made a new start in Pensacola Florida. Married to divorced professor Davis Whey, she gets on well with his teenage daughter Maddy, has a young baby boy and is looking forward to returning to work as a scuba diving teacher. She is friendly with many of their neighbours and hosts a regular book club run by her best friend Charlotte. Then into her quiet, orderly life, storms Angelica Roux, an char ...more
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