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.
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It’s no secret that I love reading about other people’s drama. So of course I knew I had to pick up a novel about playing the Never Have I Ever game, where you know that there are secrets to be spilled!
The novel really isn’t about the game, Never Have I Ever, it’s about how far you are willing to go to protect your secrets from the ones that you love. Amy has a secret and no one knows the full extend of her secret until a new neighour, Roux, appears. Roux threatens to expose Amy and Amy will do almost anything to protect her and her family.
I found that the story moved along at a quick pace. I thought I had the novel figured out at the 25% mark, but it was like the author knew that I thought I knew. So at the next chapter, my thoughts were completely wrong and I had to come up with a new theory.
The ending was one that I didn’t expect at all, but not sure if I enjoyed it completely. It went a bit sideways and was a pretty dark ending in my opinion. Well darker than I thought a novel about never have I ever would be.
3 calculators out of a potential 5. I enjoyed the novel, but it missed a certain something to get a higher rating. Will look out for the author’s future novels.