Never Have I Ever: A Novel

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Never Have I Ever: A Novel

Never Have I Ever: A Novel

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Roux gathers them round and suggests a drinking game. The game, if you can even call it that, is to confess the worst things they've ever done. An adult version of 'never have I ever' and Amy is not down with playing. It turns out that Amy is not entirely sunk by Roux’s threat, but rises to the surface, gasping for air and finds a way to shore. The benefit of having kept secrets all her life is having a pretty decent feel for how to go about uncovering the secrets of others. It requires some pretty bold action, but having guts, plus an excellent brain, gives her the wherewithal to give Roux a serious run for her money. 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. Amy has secrets she has spent years hiding. When new neighbor Roux shows up, determined to shake everyone's skeletons out of their closets, Amy finds herself drawn into a deadly game of cat & mouse. Who has more to hide? Who has more to lose? Who will win - Amy or Roux?

I cannot emphasize enough how emotionally disturbing this story was to me. It’s all due to Roux (as she preferred to be called). She was diabolical and even when I wasn’t all that happy with Amy, I just couldn’t bear seeing her win at her “game.” Amy has lots of explosive secrets from her past, which could disrupt the lives of all those she holds dear. Who is this woman and how did she manage to discover so much about Amy and other neighbors?

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The last seven years have been amazing, but there are times she wonders if she should have told the people she loves about her past. 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. Overall, with multiple layers and a completely original storyline, I predict Never Have I Ever will be a big hit this summer. 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.

Another sweltering month in Charlotte, another boatload of mysteries past and present for overworked, overstressed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Roux introduces herself and makes the rounds with her perfect hair and her perfectly toned body. She decides to play an unusual game with the few ladies still in Amy's basement. Empty wine bottles line the tables as our remaining mommies try to focus. Secrets are exchanged and laughter erupts. But Amy is having none of this. She only wishes for Roux to leave. Something about Roux is not quite right. The other women are intrigued by her vivacious personality, but not Amy. She can't help but wonder what the angle is. Roux seems to be intentionally trying to get under her skin. Amy is a run-of-the-mill suburban mom, although she is in the 1% club. She's a scuba diver. What were you thinking I meant? She enjoys the boring, satisfying routine of everyday suburbia. Amy loves her husband and stepdaughter Maddy, who lovingly refers to her as 'Monster'. She is perfectly content with a perfectly boring life. . . until book club. When everything is turned upside down and inside out. It's as if someone flipped the switch on the dryer to the tumble setting. No more Boring. No more Routine. Here comes your Worst Nightmare.Never Have I Ever starts off with my kind of evening, a book club meeting, wine and friends. What could go wrong? Soon things take a turn when a new neighbour changes the pace to a game of Never Have I Ever. Along with a little too much drink, things take a very intriguing turn and secrets start to come out or threaten to come out. I was hooked and couldn’t wait to find out more. The pace slows down a bit as the characters are developed and I began to get a little impatience and wanted things to move along a bit faster. Forget about solving all these crimes; the signal triumph here is (spoiler) the heroine’s survival.

I was also rooting for Amy because I cared about every member of her family. They were all such well-developed characters – even baby Oliver. I adored the relationship between husband and wife (Davis and Amy), father and daughter (Davis and Maddy) and especially stepmother and stepdaughter (Amy and Maddy). It was so refreshing to read about a healthy, loving, trusting relationship between a stepmother and a teenager, and how Amy saw Maddy as her daughter (not step), and Maddy felt the same way about Amy. I want to thank the publisher, William Morrow, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I appreciate the opportunity even though it was a miss for me. Amy has no intentions seeking Roux out, but she is worried. She tells herself that it’s impossible for Roux to know about her past. Truly impossible. But when Roux comes looking for her, Amy’s instincts are proven right. Roux wants something from her and if she doesn’t get it, she’s going to make Amy pay...So, all in all if you like insane plots, “Never Have I Ever” is for you. Though it takes a while to get going, once it does, Wowza!

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