From The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of eight novels arrives NEVER HAVE I EVER: a novel that echoes the popular drinking game—but in this game, even winning can be deadly.
At 42, Amy Whey has built herself a beautifully ordinary life in a beachside college town on the coast of Florida, and she loves it. But this life she loves is jeopardized when the mysterious Angelica Roux moves in down the street.
One night after book club at Amy’s, Roux entices the last handful of members into a playing a dangerous drinking game. The women must confess the worst thing they have done that day, and all but one (the person whom everyone agrees has done the most awful thing) must drink. It seems like slightly naughty, harmless fun. But Roux’s game progresses in rounds, asking them to confess the worst things they did that week, that month, that year, all the way back to the worst things they have done in their whole lives. Worse, Roux seems to know Amy’s past, and that Amy could win the whole game quite easily, if she wanted to.
It should not be possible; Amy’s juvenile records are sealed, and no one, not even her husband, is aware that when Amy was fifteen years old, she and her first love, Tig Simms, caused the death of a young mother. But Roux knows, and her object quickly becomes plain: blackmail. And Roux says it is personal, claiming to be the daughter of the woman Amy and Tig killed all those years ago.
As Roux’s noose tightens around Amy, Roux’s son Luca is drawing Amy’s beloved stepdaughter into another, equally dangerous game. Amy decides to fight for her family, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of dark pasts and unearthed secrets. To save her marriage, her stepdaughter, and secure her infant son’s future, she will embark on a journey into her own past and finally face Tig Simms. After all, he has to be the one behind the game, doesn’t he? Tig is the only person that knows everything, including the deepest secret of all—killing the young mother is not the worst thing Amy Whey has ever done.
Not by a long shot.
Praise for Never Have I Ever:
“A smart, original thriller with real, compelling characters and a chilling reveal. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” —Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of I Let You Go
“Wonderful—suspense and surprises, real characters, and a scary, ominous backbeat. This feels like the book Jackson was born to write.”—Lee Child
“NEVER HAVE I EVER is set in a picturesque, cookie-cutter suburb, but don’t let that fool you. A scratch or two on the shiny surface soon reveals an almost parallel universe as two powerful, complicated women escalate a drinking game at a book club into a war of dark secrets. The more Roux and Amy became obsessed with each other, the more obsessed I became with the book. Jackson is a master of timing, meting out tension and detail impeccably. By the time of the explosive, entirely unexpected climax, I was clinging to the edge of my seat. I’ve been a big fan of Jackson for her entire career, but this book reveals a side of her I’ve never seen before, and it knocked my socks off. Fans of Joshilyn Jackson and newcomers alike will eat this book up. I did, and I’m hungry again.”—Sara Gruen
Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.
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