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Never Have I Ever Reviews

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

Never Have I Ever

Joshilyn Jackson

4.63 out of 5

3 reviews

Category: Thrillers, Fiction
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 8 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781526611598

It 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.

  • The Sunday TimesThriller of the Month
5 stars out of 5
11 Aug 2019

"It’s all horribly credible, and Jackson’s dialogue and scene-painting are impeccable"

A book group meets in a Florida suburb in the brilliant opening of Joshilyn Jackson’s Never Have I Ever. When Roux, a charismatic newcomer with “Cher hair” and a “yoga body”, charms the members into playing a truth game instead of discussing Edith Wharton, an exercise in female ensemble noir (in the vogueish vein of Big Little Lies) seems on the cards. ... It’s all horribly credible, and Jackson’s dialogue and scene-painting are impeccable as each chapter addictively advances the battle of wits — either adding another turn to Roux’s screw, or another step in Amy’s plan to uncover her opponent’s own secrets.


4 stars out of 5
Laura Wilson
26 Sep 2019

"Jackson raises the stakes again and again in this skilfully plotted novel"

The destructive outsider in American author Joshilyn Jackson’s Never Have I Ever is Roux, newcomer to a suburban community in Pensacola, Florida. When she hijacks a mothers’ book club by initiating a wine-fuelled game of confession (“What’s the worst thing you ever did?”), diving instructor Amy senses trouble. Not only does her best friend’s husband’s affair come to light, but it’s clear that Roux knows Amy’s own secret, a crime committed as a teenager that has haunted her ever since, and intends to blackmail her. Determined to protect herself and her family, Amy retaliates by digging into her tormentor’s past to uncover her secrets. Jackson raises the stakes again and again in this skilfully plotted novel.

4 stars out of 5
Nina Pottell
18 Aug 2019

"A riveting read"

Have you played Never Have I Ever? When Roux, a newcomer to the neighbourhood, turns up at Amy's book club, she suggests they ditch the book discussion and play the party game instead. Fuelled by wine, secrets slowly come to the surface. A riveting read that will get you womdering who you can turst.