Never Have I Ever

Morrow. Jul. 2019. 352p. ISBN 9780062855312. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062855336. SUSPENSE
At 15, Amy thought she had ruined the rest of her life in one fateful night, but several years later she has built a new life for herself in Florida. Learning to scuba dive saved her. She could leave some of the guilt and heartache in the depths of the ocean and emerge less broken. Her diving school also brought her a best friend in Charlotte, who introduced Amy to Davis and his daughter, Maddy. Now Amy is living a sweet, suburban life with Davis, Maddy, and baby Oliver. Then her new neighbor, Angelica Roux, shows up at the neighborhood book club and gets them to play a game designed to unearth all their dirty secrets. Amy keeps her guard up, but Angelica soon corners her alone and makes it clear that she knows Amy’s worst secret and will make her pay for it. Amy is terrified to lose her best friend and her family, but she won’t let them go without a fight.
VERDICT Best-selling Jackson (The Almost Sisters) successfully trades her usual quirky Southern lit for darker psychological suspense in this latest highly recommended novel. Her prowess at writing affecting, character-driven fiction is on full display, and readers will devour the twisty, consuming story. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]

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