A Thousand Steps

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson- Feature and Review


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.



Never Have I EverNever Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson is a 2019 William Morrow publication.

A thrilling battle of wills!!

Most of us have heard of the ‘Never have I ever’ game. But what if the game was mixed up a little? What if, instead of admitting to things you've never done, what if you confessed to the worst thing you did that day, or week, or month, or ever? Now, that could be a very dangerous game, indeed.

Amy Whey is happily married, has a teenage stepdaughter, and a young son. She has a close friendship with her BFF, Charlotte, and lives in a nice home, in a nice community, and enjoys hosting Charlotte’s book club.

Her nice, contented life is threatened in the worst way when the seductive, Roux, a new resident in her neighborhood, pops in on their book club meeting and proposes they all play a little game.

Some shocking revelations come to light as the alcohol flows. But the worst thing is, Roux homes in on Amy, pegging her as the one person at the gathering with the biggest secret – the one who has done the worst thing of all. She then proceeds to lure Amy deeper and deeper into her cat and mouse game. The strange thing, though, is that Amy seems to almost enjoy the challenge, rising to the occasion to protect all she knows and loves. Thus, begins ‘a winner takes all ‘battle of wills’ between Amy and Roux.

Let the games begin!

This book is a wild, psychological thrill ride. It is jam packed with stunning mental maneuvers, breathtaking revelations, and taut suspense. I loved every minute of the ‘game’. One could never put their guard down for a single minute. The characterizations are well done- even the secondary characters, who add a great deal of depth to the story.

Jackson did a very good job with this book. The timing and execution had to be pitch perfect to pull it off, and it was, all the way down the line.
No matter how hard I tried to put this book down, I couldn’t. It was just too much delicious fun, and wickedly entertaining!






New York Times and USA today bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is the author of NEVER HAVE I EVER and eight other books, including gods in Alabama and The Almost Sisters. Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, three times been a #1 Book Sense Pick, been the Target Book Club Pick, and three times been shortlisted for the Townsend prize. A former actor, Jackson reads the audio versions of her novels; her work in this field has been nominated for the Audie Award, was selected by AudioFile Magazine for their best of the year list, and garnered two Listen Up Awards from Publisher’s Weekly.

She lives in Decatur, Georgia with her family.

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