Never Have I Ever been punished for what I have done . . .
Twenty years ago
Four teenagers discover a new game.
They add their own rules, going from sharing secrets to sharing firsts.
And then it all goes spiraling out of control.
A woman gets a note through her door which chills her blood
‘Never have I ever been punished for what I have done’
She thought this was over. But it looks like it’s her turn to play
Because no matter how far it goes, you have to obey the rules of the game. And the game is never really over.
I received a copy of this book from Hodder and Stoughton via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Told entirely from Sam’s point of view this a psychological suspense novel that focuses on the darkness that hides within a person ready to strike given the right set of circumstances. Sam should be happy with life, but she isn’t. Her husband has let her down with his business failures. Sam’s worn out from fertility treatments, both financially and physically, even though it gave her Caleb, her much-cherished son. Now she’s the victim of a stalker too. A successful crime writer, she dismisses the letters at first, until they drag her back to her teenage and the darkness she left behind.
Sam is an unreliable protagonist. She is hard to empathise never seeing the best in anyone. As the stalker threats increase, so do the flashbacks to her last summer in Ilfracombe, and what happened. Is she losing her mind? Is someone manipulating her? It’s hard to tell despite the clues along the way.
This story gives a new interpretation of the teenage dare and danger theme. There are surprising plot twists with a dark and twisty ending that is chillingly believable.
Lucy V Hay is a script editor for film and an author of fiction and non-fiction. Publishing as LV Hay, Lucy’s debut crime novel, The Other Twin, is out now and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspaper, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Her second crime novel, Do No Harm, is an ebook bestseller. Her current title is Never Have I Ever, for Hodder Books.