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You may well need a rest after finishing this clever, thrilling and completely addictive novel.
Startling. Clever. Thrilling. Different. This book snatched my attention from the moment I entered, and the ending siren-called to me throughout. When new neighbour Roux joins the local book group, she suggests a game that quickly turns Amy’s life upside down. Amy has a secret, and Roux threatens to reveal all, unless Amy plays by her rules. The first chapter is oh so clever, my thoughts twisted, scattered, re-grouped. I was desperate to know where this was heading, and what was coming. I am not often tempted to peek at the ending, as I love the build, the tension, the reveal. I admit that I almost had to sit on my hands to stop myself from looking! Joshilyn Jackson has created two main characters who entered my mind, knocked down thoughts, and created turbulent feelings. I bristled with indignation, winced and flinched as I read. Never Have I Ever isn’t an easy, obliging read, instead it is wonderfully shocking, completely addictive, and thoroughly entertaining.
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. She will take herself and her son, who is already growing dangerously close to Amy's teenage stepdaughter, and she will go. If Amy plays by her rules.
But Amy isn't prepared to lose everything she's built. She's going to fight back, and in this escalating game of cat and mouse, there can be only one winner.
|Publication date:||14th May 2020|
|Publisher:||Rave Books, an imprint of Bloomsbury PLC|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Closing date: 30/09/2021
Wonderful - suspense and surprises, real characters and a scary, ominous backbeat. This feels like the book Jackson was born to write -- Lee Child
A smart, original thriller with real, compelling characters and a chilling reveal. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough -- Clare Mackintosh
Jackson writes the kind of book that will set even the most blameless on edge, leaving us to wonder who might know our imperfect histories. Once I started, I couldn't put this one down -- Christina Dalcher, author of Vox
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! -- Liv Constantine
Wow - what a book! I devoured it in one day, and it's a book that will stay with me for a long time. It is such a compelling story, but for me even more important than the brilliant and original plot was the strength and clarity of the characters -- Rachel Abbott
The more Roux and Amy became obsessed with each other, the more obsessed I became with the book ... By the time of the explosive, entirely unexpected climax, I was clinging to the edge of my seat -- Sara Gruen
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 - Booklist
Joshilyn Jackson was born and grew up in the Deep South. A former actress and award-winning teacher, she is now a full-time writer. Joshilyn lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their two children.Photograph Â© Elizabeth W. OsborneMore About Joshilyn Jackson