Amy Whey is happy with her perfectly ordinary little life. She has her wonderful husband, her adorable baby, a wonderful stepdaughter, a circle of mum-friends, and a devoted best friend. Along with her best friend, Charlotte, Amy helps run their book club. But one little game played at their book club changes Amy’s wonderfully ordinary life and throws her into a deadly spiral of secrets and lies.
It all starts when gorgeous newcomer Roux comes to their book club one night and introduces a game similar to Never Have I Ever. A game devised around the group spilling their deepest secrets, telling each other the worst things they’ve ever done. A game being played because Roux knows Amy’s past. The past Amy has worked so hard to leave behind and forget. A past that Roux wants Amy to own up to. If Amy owns up and atones in the way Roux chooses, Roux will go away and leave Amy and her family in peace. But if she doesn’t, Roux is going to make her pay.
Amy has no choice but to be drawn into this twisted and deadly game Roux is playing. But instead of just playing, she is intent on beating Roux at her own game. She delves deeper and deeper through the layers of secrets surrounding Roux and her teenage son who is getting uncomfortably close to Amy’s stepdaughter. But will Amy be able to beat the devil at her own game? Or will Roux always be one step ahead?
I read this book in one sitting and could not put it down. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, wanting to know more, but also terrified of what could happen with the next page turn. Even when I thought I had the story figured out, I didn’t. The twists and turns keep you guessing right until the very end.
Joshilyn Jackson’s Never Have I Ever is a hit. It is a brilliantly deceptive tale of secrets, betrayals and lies. It pulls you in with an all-too-believable night at book club, and keeps you completely hooked with secret reveal after secret reveal. Amy’s past sins and Roux’s lifetime of deceptions play wonderfully off each other. This book explores what happens when our transgressions of the past come back to haunt us with a vengeance. And the final chapters will leave you questioning everything.
About the author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson’s newest book, Never Have I Ever, is available now wherever books are sold. You can check out her previous eight novels and other work here. Joshilyn’s books have been translated into a dozen languages, have won SIBA’s Novel of the Year award, have three times been #1 Book Sense Pick, have twice won Georgia Author of the Year awards, have three times been shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and have been a finalist for the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction.
A former actor, Jackson reads the audio versions of both her own novels and the books of other writers; her work in this field has been nominated for the Audie Award, was selected by AudioFile Magazine for their best of the year list, won three Earphones awards, made the 2012 Audible All-Star list for highest listener ranks/reviews, and garnered three Listen Up awards from Publisher’s Weekly.
She serves on the board of Reforming Arts, a nonprofit that runs education-in-prison and reentry programs. Reforming Arts fosters the development of critical and creative thinking skills, encouraging students to build livable lives both during and post-incarceration. Through this organization, Joshilyn has taught creative writing, composition, and literature inside Georgia’s maximum security facility for women.
Joshilyn learned to scuba-dive in order to write Never Have I Ever, and now she and her husband Scott are both avid divers. They live in Decatur, Georgia with their two kids, two entitled cats, and a modestly-sized dog.