Never Have I Ever
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 Ever Details

TitleNever Have I Ever
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 30th, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow
Rating
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Never Have I Ever Review

  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    I was wrapped up in these characters from the first chapter! The characters popped off the page with their strong personalities and I wanted to know what they were "all about". It was like watching a movie and things were unraveling fast.It starts with a mommies "book club" and the newest member is a doozie! All the drama starts when this newest member, Angelica Roux, breaks out the drinks and engages the club mommies in a revealing game of "Never Have I Ever".  This will begin a series of even I was wrapped up in these characters from the first chapter! The characters popped off the page with their strong personalities and I wanted to know what they were "all about". It was like watching a movie and things were unraveling fast.It starts with a mommies "book club" and the newest member is a doozie! All the drama starts when this newest member, Angelica Roux, breaks out the drinks and engages the club mommies in a revealing game of "Never Have I Ever".  This will begin a series of events that I couldn't have ever imagined. Roux totally "hijacked" the book club!Insert "shocked"Amy is on high alert with Roux's game and feels threatened by what it could cost her. She has worked hard to cover her past. Who is this new book club imposter? What is it she wants?Lots of eye popping, heart racing moments that I never could have predicted. No Never! I loved the twisted game they were playing and it was nuts. The characters are center and the skillful plot moves along with the fascinating tale of greed and guilt.Bombshell secrets will drop, blackmail and dangerous gambles will occur, each player digging up dirty laundry until the final chapter.Did I mention "page-turner"? I enjoyed this entertaining read. Highly recommend to fans of drama, what would you do scenarios and plenty of gasp worthy twists!Thanks to the publisher for my early copy. OUT on JULY 30, 2019Blog review closer to publication.
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  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    You know those conversational terrorists who hijack group get-togethers by dominating everything? Now imagine one shows up to your BFF's snoozeville book club. You are secretly delighted until you realize that she has charmed everyone else as well and bish knows your deepest, darkest secret.Amy has created a quiet little life with her hubby, step-daughter, and infant son when Roux tornadoes into her life hellbent on destroying it. Why does Roux want to ruin her life and what lengths will Amy go You know those conversational terrorists who hijack group get-togethers by dominating everything? Now imagine one shows up to your BFF's snoozeville book club. You are secretly delighted until you realize that she has charmed everyone else as well and bish knows your deepest, darkest secret.Amy has created a quiet little life with her hubby, step-daughter, and infant son when Roux tornadoes into her life hellbent on destroying it. Why does Roux want to ruin her life and what lengths will Amy go to in order to protect herself, her family and her secret?This was yummy!Thank you to Joshilyn Jackson, HarperCollins Publishers, William Morrow and Netgalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Diane S ☔
    January 1, 1970
    It starts when s new member shows up at the book club. A game, Never have i Ever, a secret kept for many years. What if someone knows your secret? Is willing to do anything to win the game, and get your money? Would you know how to play? Could you find a way to win?I've read this author for years, has the undeniable knack of creating fully realistic characters. Women and situations that could be taken out of the newspapers, maybe even our own lives, our neighborhoods. These women seem real becau It starts when s new member shows up at the book club. A game, Never have i Ever, a secret kept for many years. What if someone knows your secret? Is willing to do anything to win the game, and get your money? Would you know how to play? Could you find a way to win?I've read this author for years, has the undeniable knack of creating fully realistic characters. Women and situations that could be taken out of the newspapers, maybe even our own lives, our neighborhoods. These women seem real because they are multilayered, not all good, not all bad. I found this story, absorbing, addicting. Times I thought I knew where it was going, how I felt, something was revealed that I didn't see coming, and my feelings changed again. Couldn't wait to see how this was going to end. Both women had much to lose, so who would come out on top? Such a spider web of s story, expertly plotted, and expertly executed. Step, by step.ARC from Book browse.
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  • Joshilyn Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    Now available for pre-order! On Sale July 30th! Wonderful - suspense and surprises, real characters, and a scary, ominous backbeat. This feels like the book Jackson was born to write. –Lee Child #1 NYT bestselling authorA smart, original thriller with real, compelling characters and a chilling reveal. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. -Clare Mackintosh, NYT bestselling author “Jackson is a master of timing, meting out tension and detail impeccably. By the time of the explosive, entirely une Now available for pre-order! On Sale July 30th! Wonderful - suspense and surprises, real characters, and a scary, ominous backbeat. This feels like the book Jackson was born to write. –Lee Child #1 NYT bestselling authorA smart, original thriller with real, compelling characters and a chilling reveal. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. -Clare Mackintosh, NYT bestselling author “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…This book reveals a side of Jackson I’ve never seen before, and it knocked my socks off.” -Sara Gruen #1 NYT Bestselling Author
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  • Will Byrnes
    January 1, 1970
    I opened the door to a stranger, standing easy with the fat moon rising behind her, practically perching on her shoulder…She was the pretty that’s on television:symmetrical features, matte skin, and that kind of long, slim, yoga body that still made me feel self-conscious about my own…She smiled and I had no premonition as I smiled back. She didn’t look like my own destruction to me. ======================================== The past is never dead. It's not even past. ---William Faulkner - Requi I opened the door to a stranger, standing easy with the fat moon rising behind her, practically perching on her shoulder…She was the pretty that’s on television:symmetrical features, matte skin, and that kind of long, slim, yoga body that still made me feel self-conscious about my own…She smiled and I had no premonition as I smiled back. She didn’t look like my own destruction to me. ======================================== The past is never dead. It's not even past. ---William Faulkner - Requiem for a NunSometimes it comes crashing back in dramatic fashion, banging on the door, in a moonglow of dark intent, and demanding that attention be paid, and paid, and paid. Roux, a new neighbor dropping in on the local moms book group, must have parked her broom somewhere out of sight. The ladies would not really get around to discussing Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth, even though at least some of them had surely read it. Those who had might appreciate that an evening supposedly dedicated to a book about the hypocrisy of social mores in the high society of late 19th century New York would spark a battle royale in which the secrets of their small society were at risk of exposure. The model-level-stunning Roux is a charismatic presence, everyone wanting to earn her approval. She encourages excessive consumption of alcohol, starts a souped-up variation of the Never Have I Ever drinking game, assigns everyone individual spirit animals, and begins harvesting secrets. But this is collateral entertainment. Roux is there for one person only and lets her know in no uncertain terms. ”You don’t want to play? That makes no sense,” she said, and her spirit animal was a more sinister version of the Cat in the Hat. Hers was feral, invading to unpack trouble in a house, where no mother would ever come home. In this house I was the only mother, and I had let the trouble in. I’d swung the door wide for it, hoped it had the right house, even. “Because, Amy? C’mon. You would win this. I’m thinking you got these low-stakes bitches on lockdown.” Amy Whey has a good life. She has a happy marriage, a beautiful baby, a pretty sane thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, and a successful career as a scuba instructor, here in Pensacola. It had not always been so. One spell of adolescent foolishness had changed what had been a decent life into something else. Half her high school a blur, her relationship with her parents ruined, disgrace brought down on her family. Wastrel years followed, with self-destruction denied its ultimate prize when Amy was introduced to scuba, (Buoy meets girl?) in which she found a joy that was spiritual as well as physical, and a way forward to having a life. But Roux knows Amy’s secret, and that life is in mortal peril. All Amy has to do to keep that life is give Roux every cent she has and then wonder when she will be back for more.Jackson diving under the salt pier on Bonaire – image from The Big ThrillIt 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. Amy is no goody two shoes, even since she began on her more righteous path. She has made decisions about how much to reveal of herself, of her history, particularly that dark bit, to the people closest to her. This makes Amy a particularly relatable character. I mean don’t we all have things in our past that have somehow never made it into conversation with the people we are close to now? Little pockets of privacy we can rue in private, at our leisure, presuming we have failed to remove them from our memories entirely? Ok, well then kick it up a few notches into felony territory. No more nice neighborhood. Maybe no more husband and possibly baby. What would you do to keep that secret from becoming common knowledge? What lines would you cross? What further crimes might you commit? Amy faces many moral forks in the road ahead. It was sweet to see Jackson work Amy’s feeling for diving into how she sees the world, and the particular form of misery she faces in Roux. I knew from long experience that I only had to wait the feeling out. People say, I don’t know how she lives with herself, but every single one of them was living with their own worst thing, just fine. No one walks around holding their ugliest sin in the palm of their hand, staring at it. Our hurts are heavy and we let them sink. Every day they drift lower, settling in murky places where the light can’t reach. All I had to do was wait. My bad would fall down into the darkness again, because the bad things always do. The book alternates chapters, up to a point, between the contemporary blackmail duel and the events of Amy’s adolescence. We get to know what there is to know, bit by bit, and with some nifty misdirections. One of the truly fun things about this book is Jackson’s ability to keep ending her chapters with twists and hooks that make you want to read just one more chapter. Read, hook, repeat.Another fun element is how Amy comes to see Roux, ironically, as the only person who really gets her. I couldn’t call her. I was not such a beaten dog that I would belly-creep for petting from the hand that held the whip. I bit and swallowed, tearing at the meat. What did it say about me that Roux was the only person I could be honest with? Only she saw me down to my core, dark and deep, bitter as wormwood. All the things that made me hate myself, she actively admired, and she was the only one who saw me whole. Roux keeps finding herself surprised that someone she had thought would be an easy mark had turned out to be a tough competitor in a game of spy versus spy. Frenemies on steroids. There is a nice scene in which Amy gives Roux a book to read, Stephen King’s Hearts in Atlantis, maybe hoping she would, on reading it, consider where she had gone wrong, maybe rue her current life gig? The author here is reminding those who are familiar with the book that many, many of us have not always lived our best lives. Jackson had an interesting approach to her scene-writing, informed by her other career, that explains why her dialogue makes sense, and feels credible: “After I draft a scene with, say, five people in it, I do one more revision per character. I work my way through the scene through each point of view, so even if a character has only one line, it comes out of an arc and a train of thought and a motivation that I understand completely. It makes a difference. Even if each character’s motivation is not explained to the reader, if I know the arc, if their reasoning and their individual desires are clear to me, that character’s actions feel more authentic. I learned to do this working in summer stock theatre. I did a scene where my character sat silent on stage and watched actions unfold for 15 minutes and then said one line. But to deliver that line authentically, I had to feel every feeling and think every thought, and react to every moment that happened. I try to do the same in novels. - from The Big Thrill interviewThis is in addition to doing some serious hands-on research into scuba diving. There are several elements in Never Will I Ever that readers familiar with Jackson’s writing will recognize. Redemption is a frequent theme. Amy is certainly trying, in addition to besting Roux, to make up for what she had done. Secrets are a favorite central pillar. Amy has a few, and so does Roux, but they are not alone. And Jax can usually be counted on to look at the construction and disassembly of families. In this one, Amy has forged a new family for herself with formerly married Davis, and his daughter, Madison, (adolescents seem a mandatory element, so check, and Roux arrives with one of her own, so double-check) while her original family seems to have pretty much dissolved. Jackson’s books can be counted on to present (at least one) mystery, which is exposed to the light in a final reveal/twist. A pretty killer one here. Somehow Jackson uses these familiar parts to construct a novel that feels quite different from her earlier work, while somehow still managing to remain engaging and satisfying. Highlighting the what-are-they-hiding elements makes it feel more like a thriller/mystery than her prior work, although there was no shortage of mystery in those. I have two gripes about the book. There is a scene in which Madison tells Amy that a bit of unacceptable behavior was based on a bet, and Amy fails to follow up with an inquiry about the possibility of there having been other such “bets” before. My parental DNA was screaming for Amy to ask. Another is that there is a point at which Amy misleads Roux by telling her something that was not true, hardly an unreasonable approach when dealing with the criminal element. But not having been clued in by the author makes Amy, who had seemed pretty reliable, an unreliable narrator. It seemed inconsistent.But those are quibbles really. Bottom line is that I found Never Will I Ever to be an addictive page-turner of a thriller, by a reliable author at the top of her game. A terrific beach read, but with plenty of meat on those bones to make it an excellent book-club item as well. Strap on a tank, rub some spit on your mask, slip into some flippers and take a long step over the side of your boat. Never Will I Ever will take you for a time out of your world and let you float about in another for however long it takes you to read it. Dive in. Look around. You won’t be sorry. Review posted – July 19, 2019Publication date – July 30, 2019=============================EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s personal, Twitter, GR, Instagram and FB pagesMy reviews of other Jackson work-----2013 - Someone Else's Love Story-----2016 - The Opposite of Everyone-----2017 - The Almost SistersItems of Interest-----BookReporter - an excerpt-----Interview - The Big Thrill - Grown-up Games, Redemption, and Diving the Deep - by K.L. Romo-----Publishers Weekly - BookExpo 2019: Joshilyn Jackson Asks if Redemption Is Possible - By Beth Levine - May 30, 2019 -----JJ demonstrates the proper gin to drink while reading her book-----JJ’s Pandora play list for never Have I Ever - what she listened to while writing
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  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
    January 1, 1970
    This book got better and better the further into it I got... I had a hard time putting it down the last 100 pages (much to the detriment of my work at the bookstore).I know this book was a departure from the type of books Joshilyn Jackson typically writes, but she nailed it. I was not expecting (or ready) for some of the dark twists this book took me down.Fantastic book!
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    3 Stars. Amy has a past. Not that anyone would know it. To her friends and family she is a mother and a dive instructor and her life seems picture perfect thought it wasn’t always that way. Amy always imagined that her secrets would stay in the past, exactly where they belonged. That is where they stayed until the day that she walked into a game of “Never Have I Ever” and her new neighbor Roux made it clear that she knew. Thereafter, Amy ad Roux had a game to play and both had every intention of 3 Stars. Amy has a past. Not that anyone would know it. To her friends and family she is a mother and a dive instructor and her life seems picture perfect thought it wasn’t always that way. Amy always imagined that her secrets would stay in the past, exactly where they belonged. That is where they stayed until the day that she walked into a game of “Never Have I Ever” and her new neighbor Roux made it clear that she knew. Thereafter, Amy ad Roux had a game to play and both had every intention of coming out on top. As we all know, however - when it comes to games, there’s only one winner. For me, “Never Have I Ever” had one wild and crazy plot. I have never personally played a game of “Never Have I Ever” (nor do I intend to) and admittedly, I found the entire storyline to be a little far-fetched (in my world these things just don’t happen!!). I will say that it took until the 60% mark for me to get hooked and then I was all in. As for the end, say what?! Talk about a weird one! I must say there was one storyline that got me good (way to go Joshilyn Jackson - that is how you do it!!)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! Another fun buddy read with Kaceey!Thank you to Edelweiss, William Morrow and Harper Collins and to Joshilyn Jackson for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on Goodreads and Edelweiss on 7.14.19.
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  • preoccupiedbybooks
    January 1, 1970
    A dark, and mysterious tale full of suspense and shocks!This was my first book by Joshilyn Jackson, and I really enjoyed it! I will be definitely looking out for other books by this author in the future.So imagine you are sitting in your cosy little book club, deep in suburbia, when a new neighbour shows up uninvited. Imagine she gets everyone drunk and charms you all, only to start playing a wicked game...On the surface Amy Whey has the perfect life. A loving husband and step daughter, a cute n A dark, and mysterious tale full of suspense and shocks!This was my first book by Joshilyn Jackson, and I really enjoyed it! I will be definitely looking out for other books by this author in the future.So imagine you are sitting in your cosy little book club, deep in suburbia, when a new neighbour shows up uninvited. Imagine she gets everyone drunk and charms you all, only to start playing a wicked game...On the surface Amy Whey has the perfect life. A loving husband and step daughter, a cute newborn, an amazing best friend, and a job she loves as a diving instructor. BUT she hides a dark secret, and Angelica Roux knows what it is. How far will Amy go to protect the ones she loves? To keep her long held secrets?!I loved this book! It was full of twists, and was so dark, and yet the characters felt so relatable?! I love it when an author doesn't just have good and bad characters, but morally grey ones! This book was full of flawed characters in all shades of grey. Every time I thought I had the plot figured out, I would get a shock. Just when I thought I had read the big twist, there would be other revelations. I liked that! I liked that the author didn't make me wait until right at the end until it revealed their hand, but gave me continual surprises throughout the book.I did enjoy the diving aspect of the book too. There were lots of great metaphors used, and one particular scene had me on the edge of my seat. If you saw my updates, you might have seen me get to a scary bit where the character was going to do something, and as the reader I was biting my nails yelling noooooooo! Obviously I put the book down, looked at some happy things and then went to sleep, putting the scene off for the next day because I am a giant coward! But this is what I was thinking;Overall, an enjoyable book which I would recommend if you like domestic psychological thrillers.Never Have I Ever is published on July 30th.*Many thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc for sending me an uncorrected proof of the eBook in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Esil
    January 1, 1970
    Never Have I Ever is a really tense reading experience. I don’t really associate Joshilyn Jackson with psychological thrillers, but this one sure felt close to the genre. After a tragic event during her adolescence and subsequent years of self loathing, Amy reinvents herself as a wife, stepmother to a teen, mother to a baby and diving instructor. She seems to be leading a pretty normal middle class life until Roux shows up. Roux seems to know all of Amy’s secrets. What follows is a tug of war be Never Have I Ever is a really tense reading experience. I don’t really associate Joshilyn Jackson with psychological thrillers, but this one sure felt close to the genre. After a tragic event during her adolescence and subsequent years of self loathing, Amy reinvents herself as a wife, stepmother to a teen, mother to a baby and diving instructor. She seems to be leading a pretty normal middle class life until Roux shows up. Roux seems to know all of Amy’s secrets. What follows is a tug of war between two women who have lots to lose. It’s definitely a book I read with a knot it my stomach, but the tension was worth it. Jackson’s characters are different and the plot is clever without being too twisty or improbable. Entertaining and smart. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    We all know the game, a game that sets to expose your deep dark secrets. When I came across a book with this title I just had to read it... and it certainly lived up to my expectations. initially I read a first chapter sampler for this book before having my wish granted by the publisher for the full book. I devoured this book, once I started reading it I did not want to stop - so be prepared! There has been a lot of talk of this book between book lovers around the world and I have to say that it We all know the game, a game that sets to expose your deep dark secrets. When I came across a book with this title I just had to read it... and it certainly lived up to my expectations. initially I read a first chapter sampler for this book before having my wish granted by the publisher for the full book. I devoured this book, once I started reading it I did not want to stop - so be prepared! There has been a lot of talk of this book between book lovers around the world and I have to say that it lives up to the hype.Amy's seemingly perfect life is threatened when Roux arrives on this quiet street. She invited sherself to the local bookclub and takes over on her first night. Alcohol flowing she initiates a game of Never Have I Ever and the secrets of the ladies start to spill. Amy soon realises that Roux knows all about her own past and wants something from her... and if she does not deliver her world will crumble around her. A cat and mouse game insues as Amy fights to save herself and her family. A story of blackmail, secrets, family and betrayal with an ending you really will not pick. I absolutely enjoyed this fantastic book. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing, Raven Books and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I Have to confess that I do have older books screaming out to be read, but this caught my eye and I couldn’t wait to start it!!Amy and her husband have a happy life bringing up his teenage daughter Madison and their son Oliver. Amy helps her friend and neighbour Charlotte run the book club where local women get together more for the chat, gossip and alcohol rather than the books.At the book club a new neighbour Roux joins in, totally taking over and getting the ladies to play “Never Have I” reve I Have to confess that I do have older books screaming out to be read, but this caught my eye and I couldn’t wait to start it!!Amy and her husband have a happy life bringing up his teenage daughter Madison and their son Oliver. Amy helps her friend and neighbour Charlotte run the book club where local women get together more for the chat, gossip and alcohol rather than the books.At the book club a new neighbour Roux joins in, totally taking over and getting the ladies to play “Never Have I” revealing secrets that in Amy’s case will open a whole new can of worms!! A secret that she is soon being blackmailed over. This was a great psychological thriller, loved the cat and mouse interaction between Roux and Amy. I was totally gripped by this runaway train story with its twists that had me biting my nails.Will be looking out for Joshilyn Jackson’s next book with bated breath. Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.
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  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    Two very different women. Both with secrets they want to keep hidden. Amy is happy with her ordinary life. When new neighbor Roux shows up at book club, and suggests the women play a variation on the game Never Have I Ever, Amy fears her secrets may be revealed.Amy has worked to keep her past hidden. She has a secret that, if revealed, would upend everything she has. When Roux attempts to blackmail Amy, Amy isn't going along with Roux's plan. As Amy learns more about Roux, she finds out that Rou Two very different women. Both with secrets they want to keep hidden. Amy is happy with her ordinary life. When new neighbor Roux shows up at book club, and suggests the women play a variation on the game Never Have I Ever, Amy fears her secrets may be revealed.Amy has worked to keep her past hidden. She has a secret that, if revealed, would upend everything she has. When Roux attempts to blackmail Amy, Amy isn't going along with Roux's plan. As Amy learns more about Roux, she finds out that Roux has secrets too. Deceptions and betrayals aplenty... with it being anybody's guess who will come out on top.A combination of psychological thriller and women's fiction. This book has one thing I love in domestic suspense novels - it takes place in idyllic suburbia. Amy and Roux are neighbors that get involved in a dark game of deceptions. The relationships with their families and other neighbors strengthens the story.A good book for readers who enjoy some drama with their suspense. Gripping, twisted, and clever.I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Chloe
    January 1, 1970
    Amy , a diver by profession leads a happy comfortable life with her professor husband , her fifteen year old step daughter and an infant son. In her spare time she runs a book club with her best friend Charlotte but the peace is disturbed one evening when the new mysterious neighbor Roux joins in. Lots of wine and a game of Never have I ever reveals secrets that might have been better left unsaid resulting in a disruption in Amy’s life that might prove deadly.Never Have I Ever is my first book b Amy , a diver by profession leads a happy comfortable life with her professor husband , her fifteen year old step daughter and an infant son. In her spare time she runs a book club with her best friend Charlotte but the peace is disturbed one evening when the new mysterious neighbor Roux joins in. Lots of wine and a game of Never have I ever reveals secrets that might have been better left unsaid resulting in a disruption in Amy’s life that might prove deadly.Never Have I Ever is my first book by Joshilyn Jackson and will definitely not be my last.It has great characters and is an excellent domestic psychological thriller with lots of secrets and twists and turns to discover that kept misleading me .A well written emotional roller-coaster ride that does not let up which I would highly recommend to all my psychological thriller lovers.I would like to thank Edelweiss+ and the publishers for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review.This and more reviews at https://chloesbooksblog.wordpress.com/
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Joshilyn Jackson has crossed over into the suspense realm with Never Have I Ever and as a fan of her women's fiction, I was very curious about this book when I first heard about it. Amy Whey has the perfect little family, her husband Davis, stepdaughter Maddie and new baby, Oliver. All of this is threatened when Angelica Roux moves to town with an agenda - of what exactly, we are not sure, but we know she wants to expose a secret Amy has been hiding. Enter a bookclub with lots of wine and Roux's Joshilyn Jackson has crossed over into the suspense realm with Never Have I Ever and as a fan of her women's fiction, I was very curious about this book when I first heard about it. Amy Whey has the perfect little family, her husband Davis, stepdaughter Maddie and new baby, Oliver. All of this is threatened when Angelica Roux moves to town with an agenda - of what exactly, we are not sure, but we know she wants to expose a secret Amy has been hiding. Enter a bookclub with lots of wine and Roux's suggestion to play Never Have I Ever and then the game truly begins...What I liked:-Jackson's writing is as sharp as ever-Amy was a main character we could truly root for, despite mistakes she had madeWhat I didn't:-The mystery itself felt disjointed to me and a little drawn out in parts-The final reveal did surprise me but didn't 100% fit with the rest of the story (looking back there were one or two clues that could make it believable)Verdict:3 stars to Never Have I EverThank you William Morrow for an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    January 1, 1970
    There is a new girl in town...and she likes to play games...with your life! Meet Roux the new neighbor. The girls met Roux when she invited herself to their night of book club. She breezed in the door and overturned their serious book talk with a game of Never Have I Ever. Let's just say adults probably should never partake in this game!Amy Whey is about the most wholesome soccer mom type you could ever meet. I liked her instantly but is there more to Amy than we first thought? Roux seems to thi There is a new girl in town...and she likes to play games...with your life! Meet Roux the new neighbor. The girls met Roux when she invited herself to their night of book club. She breezed in the door and overturned their serious book talk with a game of Never Have I Ever. Let's just say adults probably should never partake in this game!Amy Whey is about the most wholesome soccer mom type you could ever meet. I liked her instantly but is there more to Amy than we first thought? Roux seems to think so, in fact she seems intent to bring Amy down. I wasn't sure quite what to think about Roux as there seemed to be something a bit "off". Other than her abrasive behavior at book club, there seemed to be something amiss. She had the best clothes and it appeared the best botox in town, plus she drove a fancy sports car. Yet she moved into the dumpy rental house nicknamed the "Sprite House" because it was painted the color of a sprite can. It just didn't make sense. Although she seemed to be a doting mom, there was a hard, aggressive side to her that the little yuppy neighborhood was not used to.Wow this book was filled with secrets, twists and turns. I made quite a few assumptions while reading this book and let's just say I was wrong...a lot. The author did a fantastic job of throwing me off track numerous time and the ending was shocking. I never saw that coming. I really enjoyed my first Joshilyn Jackson book! I flew through this book with my book group the Traveling Sisters.Thank you so much to William Morrow for this gorgeous ARC! The ARC is so pretty I can't wait to see what the actual book is going to look like. Thank you also to Joshilyn Jackson for this gripping, twisty read.
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  • Jessica Woodbury
    January 1, 1970
    Joshilyn Jackson books are comfort food for me. I was trying to put my finger on just what it is about them and I think it's a combination of things. 1) She writes mostly domestic thrillers, one of my favorite genres, and she's great at a twist. 2) She's particularly interested in the South. 3) Most importantly, there is something about her voice which is so distinctive, which I can recognize from 100 miles away. If I had to describe it, I would call it "friendly." This chummy voice combined wit Joshilyn Jackson books are comfort food for me. I was trying to put my finger on just what it is about them and I think it's a combination of things. 1) She writes mostly domestic thrillers, one of my favorite genres, and she's great at a twist. 2) She's particularly interested in the South. 3) Most importantly, there is something about her voice which is so distinctive, which I can recognize from 100 miles away. If I had to describe it, I would call it "friendly." This chummy voice combined with the recognizable suburban women she most often writes about and the darkness of their inner lives makes this something separate from a cozy but also separate from the overly dark domestic thrillers that are dominating the landscape right now. They don't lack for darkness but I always feel like a good friend I have known for ages is telling me the story.Amy has that perfect suburban life but she also has a secret. Of course she does! This is a domestic thriller! You know the general gist. Anyway, the book begins with a great setup: a new mysterious neighbor comes to book club, everyone gets a little drunk, and soon they start a game of sharing their dark secrets. Amy, as a person with a secret, is not pleased. Amy is not quite your standard suburban wifey in a lot of ways, but the thing you learn about her pretty quickly is that she is fiercely devoted to the people she loves. When her old secret bubbles to the surface, Amy comes to realize that she is capable of real darkness. And while there are some very solid twists, it's the very real consideration of what she has, what it means to her, and what losing it could look like that grounds the book and makes it work.There is a certain roadmap for a domestic thriller of the moment, and there's a certain set of expectations I have as a reader. I expect to find something outlandish or ridiculous, I expect a twist that doesn't work if you think about it too hard, I expect to be manipulated as a reader in ways I don't always like, I expect to find characters' justifications and rationalizations ridiculous. But this never happened with this book, and it's honestly a breath of fresh air. There were a couple of times when I thought, "Hmm, is Amy really as backed into a corner as she thinks she is," but then I'd always come to understand her. Jackson really grounds her stories and her characters in real emotions. She also does one very important thing: she doesn't save the big "secret" for too late in the book. The reveals here are rationed out really nicely from act to act, saving you from the problem of the big secret being something that ends up being really stupid and not worth all the buildup.I don't know that many of my other crime-fiction-loving friends have read any Jackson, but I think this is a good one to start with. I also enjoy doing her books on audio because she often reads them herself in a nice, crackly way that's a perfect compliment to her style.
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Never Have I Ever was my first read by Joshilyn Jackson, and I heard that this is a change of pace for the author because she usually writes contemporary women's fiction novels. Have no fear though, because this book is in the same realm that she would typically write. Amy Whey lives in a suburban town, where her neighborhood has all become friends, and everyone rallies and supports each other. Amy hosts regular book club gatherings with the local mothers and it usually includes wine, light ba Never Have I Ever was my first read by Joshilyn Jackson, and I heard that this is a change of pace for the author because she usually writes contemporary women's fiction novels. Have no fear though, because this book is in the same realm that she would typically write. Amy Whey lives in a suburban town, where her neighborhood has all become friends, and everyone rallies and supports each other. Amy hosts regular book club gatherings with the local mothers and it usually includes wine, light banter, and bonding time. That is, until a new neighbor shows up to the book club. Her name is Angelica Roux and she's about the change everything. Angelica (aka Roux) is vibrant and charming, but she knows more than she's letting on. She knows about Amy's past that has been kept secret for years, but would she know? As Amy tries to navigate her newfound frienemy, her past starts unraveling and secrets start surfacing. What can Amy do to make sure that Roux doesn't destroy the life that she set up? Never Have I Ever is a light neighborhood drama, infused with a few sprinkles of mystery. If you like anything by Jessica Strawser, this book is definitely up your alley. While the pacing was slower than I would've liked, Jackson has clever tricks and turns while delivering the story. You'll be pleasantly surprised by how it all settles.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    The only other book of Joshilyn Jackson's that I have read is The Almost Sisters, which I really enjoyed. While The Almost Sisters had a mystery it also had a good dose of southern charm. Never Have I Ever is a much edgier book, full of characters that are sometimes likable and unlikable in equal measure, sometimes completely despicable. Very enjoyable read!
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    It all started at a book club...In this game, even winning can be deadly.I am so excited to be starting this a week early!Hello, beautiful purple cover.Perfect for the Reading Rush!!!!Thank you so much to the publisher, William Morrow, for providing me with a copy to read and review.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    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 t 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.Highly Recommended.
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  • Linda Richardson
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this advance copy extract of “Never Have I Ever”. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this suspenseful read.
  • Tracy Fenton
    January 1, 1970
    WOW!  Never Have I Ever is a very dark, dangerous cat and mouse game (think Tom & Jerry on Crack Cocaine!) which will thrill, grip and entertain fans of psychological thrillers everywhere.Amy Whey is a first time mum living in quiet, comfortable suburbia with her husband Davis and his teenage daughter.  She runs the neighbourhood Book Club with her best friend Charlotte, teaches the locals to dive and is currently enjoying her maternity leave.  Enter "Roux" a glamorous, confident single mum WOW!  Never Have I Ever is a very dark, dangerous cat and mouse game (think Tom & Jerry on Crack Cocaine!) which will thrill, grip and entertain fans of psychological thrillers everywhere.Amy Whey is a first time mum living in quiet, comfortable suburbia with her husband Davis and his teenage daughter.  She runs the neighbourhood Book Club with her best friend Charlotte, teaches the locals to dive and is currently enjoying her maternity leave.  Enter "Roux" a glamorous, confident single mum who has just moved into the area and gate-crashes book club, causing utter mayhem and havoc in her wake.Told through Amy's point of view Never Have I Ever is a seriously addictive, fast paced thriller featuring two brilliant protagonists, both equally strong alpha females determined to out play the other regardless of the effects it has on their lives and the lives of their family and friends.There were so many twists in this book that I seriously didn't see coming and a couple of moments where I had to stop, regroup and ask myself how as a lover of psychological thrillers I hadn't worked it out before the twist.I can only liken this reading experience to getting in your car for a long journey, setting your Sat-Nav as you kind of know where you are going and about halfway through the drive you realise you programmed the wrong address in.Clever, gripping, addictive and thoroughly entertaining.  5 stars from me.
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  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    A secret from her past and someone who happens to show up that may ruin everything.During their regular, monthly book club meeting a knock on the door brings a new member who as the evening wears on definitely isn't welcome.Roux knows something about Amy and innocently suggests they play a game called Never Have I Ever.What dark secret could Amy be hiding, how does Roux know about it, and how did Roux find Amy? Roux demanded money, and Amy had it. Who would have thought after all this time some A secret from her past and someone who happens to show up that may ruin everything.During their regular, monthly book club meeting a knock on the door brings a new member who as the evening wears on definitely isn't welcome.Roux knows something about Amy and innocently suggests they play a game called Never Have I Ever.

What dark secret could Amy be hiding, how does Roux know about it, and how did Roux find Amy? Roux demanded money, and Amy had it. 

Who would have thought after all this time someone would find out and take the time to look into what Amy did as a fifteen-year old?

Roux did just that, and she was pretty clever, but Amy was pretty clever too so the game gets intense for both of them, but who has the most to lose?

Both women are strong and determined. Both know how to play games, but will the winner take all or will both players lose? 

A tiny bit on the slow side at first, but not for long. Ms. Jackson took a nightmarish incident that could very well happen and turned it into a story line that will grab you and will have you wondering how someone would even think about doing something like this to someone and how they were able to acquire the information they found or how they even found the person.

You will be on the edge of your seat as you turn the pages and anxiously await how this game goes.

 5/5This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    January 1, 1970
    Holy cow! This book was soooo good! Lots of unexpected twists. Couldn’t put it down. Full review to follow.
  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    Never Have I Ever is undoubtedly one of the best thrillers of the summer so far, and we all have to hope the August weather turns out to be as hot and exciting as the plot. It certainly sizzles with suspense and delicious darkness from start to finish and the cast are well-drawn and interesting. It's infectious and compulsively readable right from the get-go; so much so that this would best be defined as a one-sitting sensation! From the first couple of pages, you become immersed and absorbed by Never Have I Ever is undoubtedly one of the best thrillers of the summer so far, and we all have to hope the August weather turns out to be as hot and exciting as the plot. It certainly sizzles with suspense and delicious darkness from start to finish and the cast are well-drawn and interesting. It's infectious and compulsively readable right from the get-go; so much so that this would best be defined as a one-sitting sensation! From the first couple of pages, you become immersed and absorbed by the story and feel as though you are living with the characters and sharing their experiences. It feels like a rich, sophisticated and intelligently woven thriller as opposed to the run-of-the-mill ones that are a dime a dozen. Moving along at a good clip we face many unexpected, satisfying twisty reveals and the excitement and tension are built steadily over the course of the novel.One of the most hyped crime thrillers of the summer season managed to surpass all of the praise and acclaim heaped upon it in my opinion. This is one of those books in which you gorge - unable to turn the pages fast enough to discover what is going to occur. But on the other hand, you know you should be savouring it otherwise it'll be over much too soon. I particularly loved that there was it was multifaceted in the sense that there is an addictive main plotline with added substance and that the atmosphere builds to an almost stifling crescendo. Only retrospectively are you able to see how intricate and well-thought-out the book this really is.There is a rare and potent mixture of an original plot concept backed up by intrigue, mystery, superb characterisation and thrills and spills that leave you with chills. It's not that often an author can really hit right between my eyes with relevant fiction; the idea of the whole thriller is executed to maximum effect. Highly recommended; I can see this being the smash-hit crime thriller of the summer. An unmissable read if you enjoy the crime genre. Many thanks to Raven Books for an ARC.
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    NOW LIVE!Amazon US * Amazon UKNever Have I Ever... it's a game you've probably played when you were in High School trying to get all the dirty details from you friends and frenemeies. Or in college on a late night of drinking and acting silly. But I bet you've never played a game like this before. When Angelica Roux makes the rules, it turns into a game of destruction, and takes Amy Whey, the seemingly perfectly together housewife, on a path of secrets, lies, and blackmail. This story was a hear NOW LIVE!Amazon US * Amazon UKNever Have I Ever... it's a game you've probably played when you were in High School trying to get all the dirty details from you friends and frenemeies. Or in college on a late night of drinking and acting silly. But I bet you've never played a game like this before. When Angelica Roux makes the rules, it turns into a game of destruction, and takes Amy Whey, the seemingly perfectly together housewife, on a path of secrets, lies, and blackmail. This story was a heart pounding, gripping, tale that had me captivated from the beginning. The secrets that come out as the book moves forward had me wide eyed on more than one occasion, but the true heart pounding moments were what came after those secrets were revealed. It became a twisted game of will she, or won't she as I read on to find out how Amy was going to deal with the craziness Roux was throwing at her. At one point I'm pretty sure I even gasped at the end of a certain chapter and I was flipping to the next page like a mad woman. The only things that kept me from absolutely loving this story were the few times that the writing felt a little too all over the place. In the span of only a few pages it would jump from topic to topic and it made it hard to follow. Especially the beginning when we were still getting to know the players in this twisted game. And then we had the end that had some major shockers that I would have really loved to be able to explore a bit more, but it was over so soon after those were revealed. Bottom line, any story that keeps me that intrigued get's a huge recommendation from me. This was my first read by Joshilyn Jackson but it certainly won't be my last and I'm excited to go back and see what other mysteries she can suck me into.ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Beverly Duffy
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you goodreads giveaway for this advance reader copy of Never Have I Ever. This is my first time reading this author. A bookclub hijack by a wicked unwelcomed guest. This individual finds a way to disrupt everyone lives over a innocent game. A few chapters in I thought it was going be a typical storyline. Then close to the end I was left speechless. Highly recommend adding to your reading list!
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  • Donna Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Amy Whey has everything she has ever wanted: a successful marriage, a lovely home in Florida, an adorable baby and a stepdaughter she genuinely loves. Her roots in the neighborhood are deep and secure, and her dearest friend is right there as well. Then all of it—every last bit—is threatened by a newcomer with an agenda all her own. Jackson has had a string of bestselling novels, most notably Gods in Alabama and Between, Georgia. She is among my favorite writers, and this is her best book to dat Amy Whey has everything she has ever wanted: a successful marriage, a lovely home in Florida, an adorable baby and a stepdaughter she genuinely loves. Her roots in the neighborhood are deep and secure, and her dearest friend is right there as well. Then all of it—every last bit—is threatened by a newcomer with an agenda all her own. Jackson has had a string of bestselling novels, most notably Gods in Alabama and Between, Georgia. She is among my favorite writers, and this is her best book to date. My thanks go to Edelweiss and William Morrow for the review copy; however, this is one novel I would have paid full jacket price for if it had come down to it. This is the finest mystery you’ll see in 2019, and it will be available to the public July 30, 2019. It’s time for the monthly book club to meet, and although Char is the host, the group has temporarily relocated to Amy’s for logistical reasons. The members have gathered, but then there’s a rap on the door. Who in the world…? It’s the newcomer, a renter that has taken residence in “the Sprite house,” named for its unfortunate paint color. She hasn’t been invited, but she’s come, just the same:“She was the pretty that’s on television: symmetrical features, matte skin, and the kind of long, slim, yoga body that still made me feel self-conscious about my own. I hadn’t been seriously overweight since I was a teenager, but looking at her I was instantly aware of the little roll of baby weight still clinging to my middle…She didn’t look like my own destruction to me. She looked…the world was ‘cool.’…An odd thing to think. I was forty-two years old…I looked at the loaded gun on my doorstep, and, stupid me, I hoped she had the right house.” This new neighbor is Roux, and she is a darker, more adult version of The Cat in the Hat. Instantly divisions are sowed, and old established friendships are tested as she manipulates these women into competing for her approval. She’s done her homework, and she knows everyone’s darkest secrets, especially Amy’s. But Roux hasn’t bargained for the kind of adversary she has chosen. Amy proves to be a bad enemy. This is a compelling thriller, the sort that takes over my life until it’s done. I finished reading it months ago and have read dozens of other books since, but something in me still stirs when I glimpse the book’s cover. In fact, I wasn’t able to write this review until I had allowed myself to read it a second time. Part of Jackson’s magic is in addressing real parts of women’s lives that seldom make it into our literature. It is gratifying to see her address emotional overeating as a component of Amy’s story; yet I would love to see her write another novel in which the protagonist is a good person with heart and dignity, and yet is still obese (rather than formerly.) If anyone can do that well, it’s this author. Run along now; you’ve got a book to order. If you’re stone cold broke, get on the library’s waiting list. Nothing else can take the place of this story.
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  • Read In Colour
    January 1, 1970
    Babyyyyyy, when I tell you Joshilyn Jackson put her whole foot in this?!?! For years publishers have been talking about a book being the next Gone Girl. This? This right here? This is on some Gone Girl ish. Complete & total mind games you don't even see coming. So good!
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  • Abby
    January 1, 1970
    This book had me engaged in the opening chapter and it continued to the very end. It all starts innocently enough with a friendly and fun neighborhood book club meeting and it goes rapidly downhill from that.This book is about secrets, marriage, family, friendship, eating disorders, neighbors, stalking, tragedy, motherhood, forgiveness, betrayal, love, and evil. I loved it. It's fast paced, and has a wide range of characters that are likeable and others that I loved to hate. The main character, This book had me engaged in the opening chapter and it continued to the very end. It all starts innocently enough with a friendly and fun neighborhood book club meeting and it goes rapidly downhill from that.This book is about secrets, marriage, family, friendship, eating disorders, neighbors, stalking, tragedy, motherhood, forgiveness, betrayal, love, and evil. I loved it. It's fast paced, and has a wide range of characters that are likeable and others that I loved to hate. The main character, Amy, is a smart, likeable character and at times she is an unreliable narrator. She is tortured by her tragic past. I rooted for her as she played her frenemy Roux's game. There were secrets uncovered along the way that made me gasp as the book twisted and turned. I didn't know what to expect and it was really entertaining.The ocean plays a supporting character because some of the characters are divers, and it offers a unique peek into the world of diving. The writing is descriptive and creates an ominous and foreboding atmosphere, which is something that I didn't expect with this kind of novel. It also has some really great prose. The characters are well developed with plenty of backstory to understand their motivations. It was easy to read and I would have binge read it in one sitting if I had the chance. The ending is full of surprises.This is my first read of Joshilyn Jackson's and it won't be my last. If you like books like Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier or The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, then this book is for you.
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