/ Arc Review / Netgalley / Never Have I Ever / Lucy V. Hay / – Beckie Bookworm


Release Date-December 12th 2019
Publisher-Hodder & Stoughton
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-368 pages

Never Have I Ever Been Punished For What I Have Done . . .

Sam is doing well in her career, she has a husband and a baby and life is going well. That is until she gets the note through her door that stops her heart in her chest. Never Have I Ever Been Punished For What I Have Done.

Sam is catapulted back to those teenage years spent with her best friends, teasing out each other’s secrets by announcing things they had Never, ever done. Pushing each other’s boundaries, growing closer and growing up.

If only they had stopped there. But they added their own rules. They went from sharing secrets to sharing firsts. First kisses, first drinks, first fake IDs. And that was before it all went spiralling out of control. Before that day in the woods ended it all.

Because no matter how far it goes, you have to obey the rules of the game. Even if what you’ve never done should stay that way. And now Sam is about to discover that the game isn’t over . . .

Never Have I Ever by Lucy V. Hay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So this started out so well then settled slightly losing momentum and then the ending kind of rescued things a tad, so mixed bag from me really. So this story is told from sams Pov a successful author who moves back to Ilfracombe her childhood stomping grounds with her husband and son. I liked that it was set in Devon and the author has done their homework well, I recognised many place names from our family holidays including the Wetherspoons pub, which was nice. So there’s really two-story threads happening here, fan-mail from an anonymous person that is kind of freaking Sam out that she’s been having for a while and after she moves home Never Have I Ever Letters, a game she used to play with her friends when they were teenagers. A game she would rather forget they ever played. So the story here was interesting and I kept reading because I wanted to know the outcome and who was behind it all terrorising Sam. My issue was there was a tad too much of the mundane everyday thrown in to keep my attention wholly and I got to be honest with that ending that pulled it out the bag my rating would probably be lower. I also couldn’t stand Sam herself she was narcissistic and Selfish and plain mean to her poor hubby, who was lovely by the way, so that also put a damper on the whole thing. So yeh I did enjoy this to a point, it was a good read, it just didn’t manage to blow me away, but as I said I did love the finish.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Never Have I Ever.