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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, New York Times bestselling author

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

rom 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.

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

rom 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...

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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, New York Times bestselling author

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

rom 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.

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      • source: Library Journal (starred review) 
      • content: "Bestselling Jackson 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."
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      • source: Lee Child, New York Times Bestselling Author, on Never Have I Ever
      • content: "Wonderful—suspense and surprises, real characters, and a scary, ominous backbeat. This feels like the book Jackson was born to write."
      • premium: False
      • source: Kirkus Reviews on Never Have I Ever
      • content: "Jackson's novel is chock-full of dramatic reveals and twisty turns... Be warned: It's a stay-up-all-night kind of book. Compulsively readable."
      • premium: False
      • source: Entertainment Weekly
      • content: "Jackson has been establishing herself as a master of domestic suspense for years, and her hyped latest should do little to change that. A carefree neighborhood evening of games, gossip, and wine gradually evolves into something much more sinister, as engineered by a woman harboring unsettling secrets."
      • premium: False
      • source: Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of I Let You Go, on Never Have I Ever
      • content: "A smart, original thriller with real, compelling characters and a chilling reveal. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."
      • premium: False
      • source: BookTrib.com on Never Have I Ever
      • content: "This book is well written and full of twists and turns that seem to keep unraveling until the end... It will keep you turning page after page and just when you think you have it all figured out, you're left guessing even more. I would highly recommend this book and you won't regret reading it."
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      • source: Wall Street Journal
      • content: "Never Have I Ever becomes a tale of moral suspense in addition to a psychological thriller. Its several plot twists are surprising and effective, and there are gripping sequences involving Amy's work as a deep-sea diver woven logically into the narrative. Many books claim to be the perfect beach read. This one doesn't, but it certainly fits the bill."
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      • source: Family Circle Magazine on Never Have I Ever
      • content: "[A] nail-biter....Winner takes all in this addictive, heart-thumping read."
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      • source: The Augusta Chronicle on Never Have I Ever
      • content: "If you're streaming the second season of "Big Little Lies," take a screen break to read Never Have I Ever by Atlanta author Joshilyn Jackson. The novel is a deliciously, twisty domestic suspense tale... It's Jackson's best yet."
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      • source: Wall Street Journal on Never Have I Ever
      • content: "Several plot twists are surprising and effective, and there are gripping sequences involving Amy's work as a deep-sea diver woven logically into the narrative... Perfect beach read."
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      • source: Brooklyn Digest on Never Have I Ever
      • content: "One of the most entertaining books you will read this summer."
      • premium: False
      • source: Time 
      • content: "Bestselling author Jackson packs in dramatic reveals about the women's complex histories."
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      • source: Booklist (starred review) on Never Have I Ever
      • content: "Nail-biting suspense.... Jackson builds on her talent for creating imperfect, capable, and multi-layered characters to write smart suspense, driven by the intelligence and determination of the instigator and her prey... Never Have I Ever marks a new high in Jackson's career."
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      • source: Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish, on Never Have I Ever
      • content: "A heart-pounding tale of cat and mouse with twists you won't see coming. Just when you think you couldn't be more shocked, Jackson delivers a mind-blowing ending. Riveting!"
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      • source: CrimeReads, “The Most Anticipated Crime Books of Summer“
      • content: "We're looking forward to Never Have I Ever bringing Jackson the credit she deserves. Jackson's latest is a classic interloper tale—a woman named Roux enters the lives of a seemingly perfect family and of course, her disruption reveals all the family's darkest secrets."
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      • source: BookPage.com on Never Have I Ever
      • content: "Joshilyn Jackson's newest novel weaves a wicked tale right from its opening pages...With excellent pacing, clever character development, fun plot twists and a palpable setting, Never Have I Ever is a binge-worthy read. Jackson brings her first thriller to the table this summer, and you don't want to miss it."
      • premium: False
      • source: Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants, on Never Have I Ever
      • content: "The more Roux and Amy became obsessed with each other, the more obsessed I became with the book. Jackson is a master... Fans of Joshilyn Jackson and newcomers alike will eat this book up. I did, and I'm hungry again."
      • premium: False
      • source: Publishers Weekly on Never Have I Ever
      • content: "Entertaining . . . Well-developed, memorable characters and an action-packed plot."
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      • source: People
      • content: "[An] epic duel between two flawed women—it's the perfect thriller to round out your summer."
      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
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        May 15, 2019
        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 for--and 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(2019) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        May 27, 2019
        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.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
      • content:

        Starred review from July 1, 2019

        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

        Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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