Book group thriller signed by Raven Books

Rights - Fiction Wednesday, 05 December 2018

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson is 'a suspense-filled blockbuster' set around a book club


Alison Hennessey, editorial director at Bloomsbury's Raven Books, has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson from Meredith Kaffel Simonoff of DeFiore & Company. Never Have I Ever will be published as a Raven Book’s super lead in 2019.

American rights were sold by Caryn Karmatz Rudy of DeFiore & Company to Emily Krump, at William Morrow in a 'major' deal.

According to Raven's acquisition statement: 'Never Have I Ever starts as a drunken game at a book group one night. Never Have I Ever... done something I shouldn't.

'Never Have I Ever is a brilliantly tense cat and mouse game centring around suburban mom, Amy Whey, and Roux, the glamorous stranger who arrives one night knowing Amy’s darkest secrets, despite Amy’s juvenile records being long sealed. Roux promises she will leave without telling any of Amy’s friends or family her past if Amy pays up. But Amy isn’t prepared to lose everything she’s built – she’s going to fight back. And in this game, there can only be one winner...'

Hennessey said: "I don’t think anyone at Bloomsbury would have forgiven me if I hadn’t acquired Joshilyn’s novel: this was a book that had everyone reading and talking about it. One of the sharpest, twistiest books I’ve had the joy of reading,

"Never Have I Ever offers readers not one, but two smart, determined female protagonists who are so evenly matched you have no idea who will ultimately triumph - or how. I am thrilled we’re welcoming Joshilyn to the Raven Books list."

Jackson said: "I am so excited to be working with Alison Hennessey, an incredibly talented editor whose enthusiasm for the book just blew me away. And to be on the Raven Books list with all of those smart, dark, twisty, beautifully written books - I’m thrilled that Never Have I Ever has found the perfect UK home!"

Meredith Kaffel Simonoff said: "Never Have I Ever announces a thrilling new direction for Joshilyn Jackson — one of dark and deliciously addictive domestic suspense. I can’t imagine a better partner to usher this new work into the UK than Raven Books and the wonderful Alison Hennessey."

Jackson lives in Georgia with her husband and their two children. She serves on the board of and volunteers with Reforming Arts, teaching creative writing inside Lee Arrendale State Prison, Georgia's maximum-security facility for women. She's also an audiobook narrator, performing most of her own work as well as novels by Lydia Netzer and Marybeth Mayhew Whalen.

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