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.
Never Have I Ever is definitely one of the standout psychological thrillers I’ve read this year so far, a brilliantly engaging set of characters, a tense, drama fuelled game of cat and mouse and absolutely best of all there was nothing that happened in the story that I anticipated at all.
Beautifully plotted with two central female characters, opposite in nature perhaps, and locked in a mental battle of wills from which can emerge only one winner…
The stakes are high and this is a right old page turner that has the added advantage of genuinely talented writing that gives it much more depth than appears on the surface. I lived this one with Amy, clutching my head at various intervals and hating having to put it down. Roux is a worthy opponent in this twisted game of wills and the outcome is never clear cut.
I loved it. A classic example of the genre where character is key and the dark side of human nature is brought fascinatingly to life.