Thank you to William Morrow books for sending me a free copy of Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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. 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 Amy 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.
This book was wild! Amy and Roux are playing a game with each other’s lives and one of them has to draw the line. It was constant aggression, back and forth, cat and mouse for the entire book. The dynamics between these two characters was tremendous! I loved how they kept throwing each other off.
I also enjoyed hearing Amy’s back story. Her teenage years were just as interesting as her adult years, however I felt at times that they were two separate characters rather than the same person. The Amy of the past wouldn’t have acted the way the Amy of the present was acting.
Never Have I Ever was a very well developed novel, with strong main and supporting characters as well as some really good twists. The ending was slightly abrupt, I was left wanting more answers. Overall a solid thriller. This is my first by Jackson so I can’t compare it to her other work but overall I enjoyed this one.