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Never have I ever : a novel

by Jackson, Joshilyn,

Format: Print Book [2019]
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Summary

"Wonderful--suspense and surprises, real characters, and a scary, ominous backbeat. This feels like the book Jackson was born to write." --Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author

Named a Best Book by USA Today * People * Wall Street Journal * Time * Entertainment Weekly * Bustle * and many more!

From New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson, a twisting novel of domestic suspense in which a group of women play a harmless drinking game that escalates into a war of dark pasts

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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Jackson takes a turn in her ninth novel (after The Almost Sisters, 2017), incorporating nail-biting suspense into her trademark southern family dramas. Amy Whey escaped the traumatic events of her teenage years to a routine life of marriage and motherhood in suburbia. An unexpected visitor to her book club kicks off a series of events that force Amy into a game of cat and mouse she is determined to win, even as she risks losing the home she has created. Roux is new to the neighborhood, yet she seems to have a way of getting everyone to reveal their secrets. Who is Roux, and how does she know about Amy's past? Jackson builds on her talent for creating imperfect, capable, and multilayered characters to write smart suspense driven by the intelligence and determination of the instigator and her prey. Amy's work as a diving instructor adds impressive depth (who can resist?) to the character and plot. Current fans will recognize Jackson's exquisite writing, reminiscent of Marisa de los Santos and Ann Patchett, even as her plot takes them around corners they didn't see coming. Never Have I Ever marks a new high in Jackson's career that will attract new readership.--Tracy Babiasz Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Diving instructor Amy Whey, the unreliable narrator of this entertaining, if flawed, thriller from bestseller Jackson (The Almost Sisters), enjoys a comfortable life as a devoted wife and mother in Pensacola, Fla. Then one night, a mystifying and charming new neighbor, Angelica Roux, arrives unannounced at Amy's door to join her book club. Roux takes over the book club and shifts the focus to playing a scandalous version of the game Never Have I Ever, and that's when Amy realizes that Roux knows her darkest secret. Nearly 30 years earlier, Amy was driving drunk and killed a neighbor, but a friend was convicted of the crime. Roux attempts to blackmail Amy, giving her five days to dissolve her trust and hand over the money. Determined to protect herself, Amy vows to dig up Roux's own secrets. The stakes rise as this proves to be more difficult than Amy thought. Well-developed, memorable characters and an action-packed plot compensate only in part for some farfetched twists and an unconvincing ending. Hopefully, Jackson will do better next time. Agent: Caryn Karmatz Rudy, DeFiore and Co. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Extortion -- Fiction.
Secrecy -- Fiction.
Deception -- Fiction.
Betrayal -- Fiction.
Book clubs (Discussion groups) -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :[2019]
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 340 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780062855312
006285531X
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