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Never Have I Ever

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  6,935 ratings  ·  1,601 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
Paperback, 338 pages
Published August 8th 2019 by Raven Books (first published July 30th 2019)
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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 even
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
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
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
Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & 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 and wanted
BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
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
Will Byrnes
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, fiction
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 - Requ
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
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
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 game o
Joshilyn Jackson
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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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.
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 fo
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 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4.5 stars

This is one of those books that I would call “compulsively readable” — the kind of book that, once you pick it up and start reading, it’s almost impossible to put down. There was an addictive and engaging quality to the story and its characters, to the point that I couldn’t bring myself to stop reading even when one of the characters frustrated me to no end. It all starts with a book club gathering at the house of our protagonist Amy Whey, a night she thought would be like any other, wh
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
This book got better and better the further into it I got... I had a hard time putting it down the last 100 pages (much to the detriment of my work at the bookstore).

I know this book was a departure from the type of books Joshilyn Jackson typically writes, but she nailed it. I was not expecting (or ready) for some of the dark twists this book took me down.

Fantastic book!
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I Have to confess that I do have older books screaming out to be read, but this caught my eye and I couldn’t wait to start it!!

Amy and her husband have a happy life bringing up his teenage daughter Madison and their son Oliver. Amy helps her friend and neighbour Charlotte run the book club where local women get together more for the chat, gossip and alcohol rather than the books.

At the book club a new neighbour Roux joins in, totally taking over and getting the ladies to play “Never Have I” reve
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

One of the best books I’ve read in 2019 without question, Joshilyn Jackson’s Never Have I Ever is intelligent, expertly-plotted, twisted, and with a dash of dark humor that makes it a masterpiece in my opinion. This is a keep-forever book if I’ve ever read one!

About the Book

Amy Whey lives a simple, ordinary life and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Amy doesn’t particularly crave excitement or novelty. She’s happy with what she has—a devoted professor husband, a fifteen-year-old ste
A dark, and mysterious tale full of suspense and shocks!

This was my first book by Joshilyn Jackson, and I really enjoyed it! I will be definitely looking out for other books by this author in the future.

So imagine you are sitting in your cosy little book club, deep in suburbia, when a new neighbour shows up uninvited. Imagine she gets everyone drunk and charms you all, only to start playing a wicked game...
On the surface Amy Whey has the perfect life. A loving husband and step daughter, a cute n
Charlotte May
Aug 20, 2019 marked it as library-loans  ·  review of another edition
Library copy available for pick up

This looks different, but exciting :D
Mandy White
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We all know the game, a game that sets to expose your deep dark secrets. When I came across a book with this title I just had to read it... and it certainly lived up to my expectations. initially I read a first chapter sampler for this book before having my wish granted by the publisher for the full book. I devoured this book, once I started reading it I did not want to stop - so be prepared! There has been a lot of talk of this book between book lovers around the world and I have to say that it ...more
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never Have I Ever is undoubtedly one of the best thrillers of the summer so far, and we all have to hope the August weather turns out to be as hot and exciting as the plot. It certainly sizzles with suspense and delicious darkness from start to finish and the cast are well-drawn and interesting. It's infectious and compulsively readable right from the get-go; so much so that this would best be defined as a one-sitting sensation! From the first couple of pages, you become immersed and absorbed by ...more
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
There is a new girl in town...and she likes to play games...with your life! Meet Roux the new neighbor. The girls met Roux when she invited herself to their night of book club. She breezed in the door and overturned their serious book talk with a game of Never Have I Ever. Let's just say adults probably should never partake in this game!

Amy Whey is about the most wholesome soccer mom type you could ever meet. I liked her instantly but is there more to Amy than we first thought? Roux seems to thi
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 ,
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!!

I LOVED this 4.5 Star psychological thriller! It was a total cat and mouse game which kept me on the edge of my seat, reading way past my bedtime.

Amy Whey loves her life! It's a fairly simple one; she's a dive instructor in Pensacola, FL, very happily married, step mom to spirited 15 year old Maddie and mom to eight month old Oliver. She lives in a middle class, family centric neighborhood and has many mom-friends. She has a very tight bond with her BFF, Char, who is one of he
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