Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever

by Joshilyn Jackson


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Never Have I Ever: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This was a fun and suspenseful novel --perfect for a summer read.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Excellent Book. I have never read this author before but I will definitely read more of her books. This book kept you spellbound from the very beginning to the end.
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Anonymous 6 months ago
There are a few slow parts to this book but the secrets That occur at certain intervals, blow your mind, and you keep reading to find more. Many times I thought "what would I do".
Anonymous 5 months ago
Sorry but im used to this author's humor and this was far from funny. In fact it was suspenseful but definitely over the top when you consider how many people were affected by one despicable woman who found out so many secrets in a month's time to make this believable. Josilyn needs to stick with what she does best.
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Anonymous 10 days ago
Your secrets will always come back to haunt you… and Amy Whey has several safely tucked away. That is, until Angelica Roux comes to town and attempts to destroy the fresh start Amy has carefully created. This novel had several twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. I did not expect the ending, I may have even gasped! I love when a book surprises me! Joshilyn Jackson is an excellent writer and extremely adept at developing interesting, complicated female characters. I thoroughly enjoyed her 2010 novel, Backseat Saints. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good mystery that will keep you guessing. It would also make for an interesting book club discussion. Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this advanced reader’s edition.
LorrieThomson 18 days ago
Never Have I Ever questions the ambiguous nature of evil and the secrets we choose to keep. Jackson's latest is twisty, twisty, and surprised me at every turn.
TexasDeb 3 months ago
Amy has a deep secret that only one other person in the world is supposed to know. But someone else somehow does know, and she is threatening to ruin Amy’s life with that knowledge. Amy has worked hard to keep her secret hidden, and she has no intention of allowing someone reveal it. But she may have to. Thus, sets up a frightening version of the old slumber party game “Never Have I Ever.” The thriller genre is new for Joshilyn Jackson, and she handles it extremely well. Although, I did guess a twist or two, the ending came as a surprise. There were more than one subplots, some told better than others, as well as some characters I could have done without. However, over all, this story told in first person by Amy, works quite well. The main thing that dropped it to 3.5 stars (which i rounded up to 4 stars for this review) for me was one icky thing that happened toward the end. I won’t say more to avoid spoilers, except that, although I had already suspected it, I found it completely unnecessary for the overall plot, and very distasteful. A free copy of this book was provided to me by HarperCollins Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
Bookish_Anki 3 months ago
I loved reading this book. This is the first book of Joshilyn that I have read & will definitely recommend to all the thriller lovers. This is more like a suspense one which gets interesting page after page though it was slow initially but it did pick up pace later. There were so many secrets laid out & I was worried for Amy if she can tackle Roux, who was a tough nut to crack, I was so much interested in knowing Roux’s secret, her motives as to why she suddenly appeared out of no where just to trouble Amy. The story gets very dramatic & I loved the dialogue exchanges between Roux & Amy. It has an unpredictable ending, lots of twists thrown at you I was sent a free copy of this book from William Morrow to review but all opinions are mine.
MLyons 4 months ago
Having read and enjoyed other of Joshilyn Jackson’s novels, I was eager to read this one — which sounded as though it would be a psychological thriller, a genre with which I would not associate Jackson. Once again, Jackson did not disappoint. A typical suburban book club meeting initiates all of the suspense and action that follows. New-to-the-neighborhood Roux brazenly takes control of the meeting and begins to get the members to play her game “Never Have I Ever,” with each being required to tell her deeply hidden secrets amidst much wine drinking. Amy Whey, who has a successful marriage, complete with a loving (but perhaps a bit boring) husband, a great step-daughter, and a baby boy, gets caught in Roux’s web. If she is not careful, her darkest secret will be revealed and she stands to lose the family that she holds so dear — and more, including her best friend Charlotte. As the story unfolds, the reader becomes completely immersed in the tug of war between a very forceful Roux and Amy and who will ultimately come out as the winner of the “game.” Does Amy have the gumption to stand up to Roux and beat her at her own game? Can she out-wit Roux as precious time continues to tick away? Does she have what it takes to save the wonderful life she now has? Although somewhat slow reading at first, the novel picked up as characters and their backgrounds became more familiar. And, although a few pieces of the plot seemed a bit far-fetched, Jackson’s writing and her carefully developed plot twists and turns definitely kept me reading. All in all, even though I found this novel somewhat “darker” when compared to others I have read of Jackson’s, I really enjoyed it . . . and hope she writes another “psychological thriller” type. Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great book
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Renwarsreads 5 months ago
This book is a story of manipulation and black mail in a small neighborhood between the women who live there. Amy is living a seemingly happy life in suburbia with her family and during her monthly book club meeting a newcomer starts a drinking game and everything starts to unravel. This book is fast paced and keeps you guessing. Amy is never ready to give up on the life that she has so carefully built for herself. Get ready to play the game!
Eyre_i_breathe 6 months ago
Exotic, mysterious, and charismatic, Angelica Roux breezes into their book club meeting one night and brazenly takes control. Most of the ladies see her as a breath of fresh air, an alluring change from the humdrum of everyday suburban life.  She starts up the game, and the women fall in...laughing, bewitched "It's a blast.  You should play.  It's like Never Have I Ever, but for grown-ups.  We skip the coy denials and go right to confession...." But for Amy Whey, Roux is a threat. And her game is anything but a game.  Because Amy has a secret, one that threatens to bring her world crashing down if brought to light.  Somehow the mysterious Roux seems to know her terrible truth and will stop at nothing to reveal it.  Thus begins the cat and mouse game in Joshilyn Jackson's latest book Never Have I Ever.  Oh, how I loved this book!  It had a wonderfully tense atmosphere to it...two strong female characters, circling each other, sizing each other up, preparing to pounce.  It made for such a fun read.  I found myself biting my nails, wondering who would "win".  And the twists!  Just when I thought I couldn't be taken by surprise again, another twist would come along, and I would gasp aloud (much to the amusement of my fellow beach-goers I'm sure).  This book kept me hooked, and I found myself thinking about it even when I wasn't reading.  This was a  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for me.  Thank you, Netgalley, for this ah-mazing ARC!
GratefulGrandma 6 months ago
4.5 Stars for this twisty, thrilling ride. The story opens with a mom's bookclub at Amy's house. Little does she know that Charlotte has invited a new member, her neighbour, Angelica Roux. Roux, as she is called, hijacks the bookclub and breaks out the drinks. As the women become a bit tipsy, she engages them in a revealing game of Never Have I Ever. Amy doesn't feel right about this, they all have secrets that are better left alone. She 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. Who is this new book club member? What is she up to? It is too late, this game opens the door and what happens next is quite a trip for the reader. This story is full of unreliable narrators. It is told from the POV of both Roux and Amy. As Amy's secret is revealed, blackmail is involved with Amy not wanting to give in. As the "game" unfolds, Amy is busy trying to gather information to try and turn the situation around on Roux. I found this story absorbing, with me not wanting to stop listening. I thought I had it all figured out and there was another twist and I was left twisting again. Both women had so much to lose, who would come out on top of this game? This was an expertly plotted and executed thriller that came to a surprising, yet satisfying conclusion. Well done Joshilyn Jackson.
DragonNimbus 6 months ago
Never Have I Ever is more suspenseful than other books of Joshilyn Jackson's. I was expecting a great story like her others and instead got a fabulous and thrilling tale of death, rebirth, lies and deceit. Amy Whey is a typical young mother to Oliver, wife to Davis and stepmother to Maddie. Her best friend Charlotte is hosting a book club in Amy's basement when Roux, the glamorous and sexy renter at the end of the cul-de-sac, joins in. She soon takes over the meeting, steering the discussion to more personal topics, then to a game like Never Have I Ever, but so much more harmful. The few remaining guests are very drunk and reveal awful secrets during a game where you tell the worse thing you did today, last week, last month and so on. Amy is intrigued, then horrified as she realizes she's expected to participate. Amy soon finds out that Roux has discovered her deepest, darkest secrets and used the game as a ruse to blackmail Amy. Amy has to decide how to save the happy life she worked so hard to achieve, and will work even harder to protect. Set in a backdrop of a hot and humid Florida summer, Amy seeks release in her job as a scuba instructor. She met Charlotte who she helped overcome a fear of swimming. Charlotte brought over Maddie and Davis who needed to reconnect after Davis's awful divorce. Amy fell in love with Maddie first, a typical, sullen pre-teen , but also very smart and funny, then Davis and ended up living close to Charlotte in an idyllic life. There is no way Amy will allow Roux to ruin the family she loves so fiercely. Jackson's descriptions of dives are so realistic, you can hear the bubbles from the breathers and see the rainbow of fish swimming past. I love Joshilyn Jackson's books and am so grateful for the opportunity to read an ARC. This book was well-written in vivid detail, especially the diving scenes. The characters are flawed, yet likable except for Roux who becomes so menacing it became difficult to put the book down without finishing it.. Fans of Jackson will be delighted as will anyone else who chooses this compelling book.
CLMurphy 6 months ago
The suspense, intriguing premise and well developed characters made this quite the page turner.
M-Harrison1 6 months ago
This is a really great read that will keep you enthralled right from the get go through to the thrilling conclusion. If you love a story that is full of mystery, suspense, one kickass of a showdown and where you are taken on a wild ride, then this is the book for you! The plot of the story is quite twisted. Joshilyn has created a world where everyone has something to hide and how each person will do whatever it takes to keep their secrets hidden. An innocent book club meeting hosted by Amy for her friends that all live the same street, turns sinister when new resident Roux turns up and moves the direction of the meeting to a dangerous game of Never Have I Ever. Mostly nothing ever good comes when playing this game and it should never be played when copious amounts of alcohol have been consumed! In this case, inhibitions are shed and secrets are revealed, and for these women, it changes the course of the perfect lives that they have portrayed to have. But for Amy, she has the biggest secret to hide and Roux has set her sights on her to make sure that Amy pays for the tragic event that occurred in her past and she won’t stop until she gets what she wants, no matter the consequences and who she hurts along the way. There are a few characters in this book but the main players of Amy and Roux are definitely the standouts. Both have been written extremely well with Amy as the more likeable character that I felt sympathy for, where Roux is just a despicable calculating human being who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Both play their parts in the story well and have been created as very believable. Let’s just say I would never want to come across Roux alone in a dark alley!! I really enjoyed Joshilyn’s writing style. Whilst at times I would have liked the pace to be a bit quicker, for the most part it did move at the right speed and built just the right amount of tension along the way. There was a part towards the end of the book where it took a bit of an unexpected turn and the subject matter was a bit confronting and a surprise, but it did not ruin the overall story for me and the final outcome was satisfying. All up this is a thoroughly enjoyable read which I definitely recommend. Thank-you to NetGalley, Raven Books and Joshilyn Jackson for granting me the wish and allowing me to read an advanced copy of Never Have I Ever which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
ColoradoGirl71 7 months ago
5 amazing stars This is my third Joshilyn Jackson book. I recall really enjoying the first two I read, but this one is a departure from those! What remains consistent is great, fully developed characters that could step out of the book. Although I would not want to meet all of them! We meet Amy, enjoying the typical suburban life with an adorable toddler, a handsome hardworking husband, and a teenage stepdaughter. Amy is a dive instructor and I really enjoyed reading about what this is like, makes me want to scuba! She’s got some great friends in the neighborhood, especially Charlotte. Amy hosts the monthly book club at her house and one night they have a new intriguing guest – Roux. She takes charge of the book club and due in part to all the alcohol, neighbors are spilling secrets all over the place. There are then some flashes to Amy’s past and we learn that she had a very different life before the perfect suburbia setting. Some teenage mistakes changed her life and soon Amy is embroiled in a cat and mouse game with Roux with high stakes. I loved the way Jackson paints a vivid picture of teenage Amy and we learn why she is the complicated person she is in present-day. My heart ached for out-of-place overweight Amy and her teenage crush. How far will Amy go to keep her past and her secrets hidden? The back and forth with Roux is quite frantic and I wasn’t quite sure who would end up victorious. I rooted for Amy, but Roux is a pro at this game. There were so many twists in this one, my head was spinning! I don’t want to give any more clues, but read this one carefully! There was a powerhouse ending that I had to process. It bears repeating that the characters in this one are so well done! I even feel like I know the baby. The teenage stepdaughter was so realistic too, I feel like Jackson is a spy at my house. Vengeance is such a perfect motivator. I think this one makes a great summer read!
SheTreadsSoftly 7 months ago
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson is a very highly recommended compulsively readable domestic thriller that will grab all of your attention and hold you hostage until the end. One of the best books of the year! Amy Whey had a troubled past but is now living a content, ordinary suburban life. She is married to Davis, and loves her fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, Maddie, and their infant son, Oliver. Amy teaches diving lessons, which is how her best friend, Charlotte originally introduced her to Maddie and Davis. Now she and Charlotte are neighbors and she helps Char run their book club. When a new neighbor from a rental house who calls herself Roux shows up at the club, Roux immediately takes charge of the book club and sets it careening off into a dangerous direction. Roux keeps the women drinking, talking, and then starts a dangerous game of "Never have I ever." Many of the members, including Char leave early but some women stay and overshare to Roux. Amy ends up ordering Roux to leave her house, because she recognizes the dangerous game this woman is playing. Roux is dangerous and now she knows a secret from Amy's past that she is threatening to share if Amy doesn't give her a large sum of money. Everything isn't quite as cut and dried as Roux thinks. She may be threatening Amy, but Amy is not going down without a fight and that means playing a dangerous game of her own. Warning: Once you start reading Never Have I Ever you will lose sleep and even, briefly, consider taking a sick day from work. It is that good. This is a twisty dark tale of evil, deception, blackmail, temptation, family, love, shrewdness, friendship, and strategy. If Amy wants to win this game, it means she needs to undertake her own risky game against a professional extortionist. Roux thinks she is an easy mark, but she has underestimated Amy. I'm a huge fan of Jackson's writing. She's talented, clever, funny, smart, and writes memorable character-driven fiction. Almost every book she writes becomes my favorite of her novels, and now Never Have I Ever is my favorite. The writing and the plot are absolutely perfectly paced and executed. I was totally engrossed in this compelling thriller and, as each new twist surprised me, couldn't pull myself away from reading. And I guessed not a twist or move in this story. Amy is a wonderful character. She has made mistakes in her life and has been through some hard circumstances. She is clever and shrewd at times, but she is also goodhearted and supportive. She has endured her own hard times and has overcome them while trying to do the right thing and keeping some things to herself. She is a character that you will support and wish the best for in spite of her flaws. Roux will make your blood pressure rise right from the start when she comes to the book club and takes over with her little games. Never Have I Ever has it all: exciting plot, great writing, unexpected twists, and memorable characters. It is the perfect summer read - or fall, or winter, or spring... Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
marykuhl 7 months ago
I received this book from Early Readers, through The Librarything. This is the first book I have read by this author. It took me a little bit to get into this book and I can't say that is was "couldn't put down", but I did enjoy this book. Roux blackmails Amy over something happened 20+ years ago and threatens to destroy the life that Amy built. Amy hits back but Roux always seems to be one step ahead. I couldn't figure out who Roux was or how she found out about Amy's past. And although I'm not sure we really find out who she is, you can't help but be hooked.
NanceeMarchinowski 7 months ago
This is my first Joshilyn Jackson novel, but it won't be the last! I quickly discovered why her books are so popular! This psychological thriller is unpredictable, original and believable. This author pulls out all the stops toward making the reader experience numerous emotions throughout the entirety of this novel. My heart rate and respirations increased as events unfolded. The cast of characters is strong and convincing. My heart ached as I experienced Amy's story through her first person narrative of the destructive events in her young life. What doesn't kill us strengthens us, as evidenced by Amy's harrowing story. There is much more to reveal about this compelling and original story, but I won't spoil it for those of you who decide to experience this thrilling psychological drama on your own. I highly recommend Never Have I Ever! It's like nothing I've read before! Don't miss it! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through the Goodreads Giveaway program. All expressed opinions are honest and my own.
paulalala09 7 months ago
Hoo-whee! What a thriller! It’s fraught with tension triple times! I almost could not read it as it starts out so scary and spine chilling. Just the thought of someone you do not know entering your life and knowing your deepest, darkest secrets and evilly willing to use them against you is chilling enough. Great read for all you psychological reader buffs. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.