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Never have I ever / Joshilyn Jackson.

By: Jackson, Joshilyn.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : Raven Books, 2019Description: 340 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781526611598; 1526611597; 9781526611581; 1526611589.Subject(s): Families -- United States -- Fiction | Secrecy -- Fiction | Book clubs (Discussion groups) -- Fiction | Extortion -- FictionGenre/Form: Psychological fiction. | Thrillers (Fiction)DDC classification: 813.6 Summary: "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."--Publisher. Publisher.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Sunday Times Thriller of the Month 'Wonderful - suspense and surprises, real characters and a scary, ominous backbeat' LEE CHILD 'Absolutely immaculately done, to be read in one breathless sitting' INDIA KNIGHT 'I couldn't turn the pages fast enough' CLARE MACKINTOSHIt starts as a game at a book group one night. Never Have I Ever... done something I shouldn't. But Amy Whey has done something she shouldn't. And Roux, the glamorous newcomer to Amy's suburban neighbourhood, knows exactly what that is.Roux promises she will go away - if Amy plays by her rules. But Amy isn't prepared to lose everything. She's going to fight back, and in this escalating game of cat and mouse, there can be only one winner. ____________________________ What readers and booksellers are saying about Never Have I Ever : 'Sizzles with suspense and delicious darkness from start to finish' 'Never have I ever read a book that is such a rollercoaster of a ride''A seriously addictive, fast-paced thriller''Very well written and totally terrifying at times...be careful who you invite to book club!''The book of the summer'

"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."--Publisher. Publisher.

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Library Journal Review

At 15, Amy thought she had ruined the rest of her life in one fateful night, but several years later she has built a new life for herself in Florida. Learning to scuba dive saved her. She could leave some of the guilt and heartache in the depths of the ocean and emerge less broken. Her diving school also brought her a best friend in Charlotte, who introduced Amy to Davis and his daughter, Maddy. Now Amy is living a sweet, suburban life with Davis, Maddy, and baby Oliver. Then her new neighbor, Angelica Roux, shows up at the neighborhood book club and gets them to play a game designed to unearth all their dirty secrets. Amy keeps her guard up, but Angelica soon corners her alone and makes it clear that she knows Amy's worst secret and will make her pay for it. Amy is terrified to lose her best friend and her family, but she won't let them go without a fight. VERDICT Best-selling Jackson (The Almost Sisters) successfully trades her usual quirky Southern lit for darker psychological suspense in this latest highly recommended novel. Her prowess at writing affecting, character-driven fiction is on full display, and readers will devour the twisty, consuming story. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]--Melissa DeWild, Comstock Park, MI

Publishers 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.

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

Kirkus Book Review

Amy Whey's sins come back to haunt her when she's extorted for money by a beautiful stranger in Jackson's (The Almost Sisters, 2017, etc.) first thriller.It was supposed to be book club as usual: a group of suburban mothers gathering to talk over a glass of wine or two and then going home to bed. But when new neighbor Angelica Roux shows up at hostess Amy's door, it doesn't take long for all hell to break loose. The booze flows freely, and soon the women are engaged in a game: What is the worst thing you did today? This week? This month? In your life? There are many women in the gathering with secrets to protect, but none more than Amy, who, as a teenager, committed a terrible crime that almost destroyed her. Saved by her love for diving, and then by meeting her husband and stepdaughter, Amy has worked hard to build a normal, stable life; she even has a new baby. Angelica has come to threaten all of this; she clearly knows about Amy's past and will expose her to her loved ones if Amy doesn't pay her. As Amy tries desperately to outscheme Angelica, she also realizes just how much she has to fight forand what she might be willing to do to keep her family safe and her secrets buried. Jackson's novel is chock-full of dramatic reveals and twisty turns, but she paces them out well, dropping them like regularly spaced bombshells. Just when the reader thinks they know what might lie at the heart of the novel, the ground shifts seismically, and the truth removes again to a distance. It's skillfully done. Amy herself is an openly flawed and relatable character fighting to keep sacred the one thing she values most: her normal, loving, messy life.Be warned: It's a stay-up-all-night kind of book. Compulsively readable. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.