Book Review: We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz (ARC)
"An annual backpacking trip has deadly consequences in a chilling new novel from the bestselling author of The Lost Night and The Herd.
Emily is having the time of her life--she's in the mountains of Chile with her best friend, Kristen, on their annual reunion trip, and the women are feeling closer than ever. But on the last night of their trip, Emily enters their hotel suite to find blood and broken glass on the floor. Kristen says the cute backpacker she'd been flirting with attacked her, and she had no choice but to kill him in self-defense. Even more shocking: The scene is horrifyingly similar to last year's trip, when another backpacker wound up dead. Emily can't believe it's happened again--can lightning really strike twice?
Back home in Wisconsin, Emily struggles to bury her trauma, diving head-first into a new relationship and throwing herself into work. But when Kristen shows up for a surprise visit, Emily is forced to to confront their violent past. The more Kristen tries to keep Emily close, the more Emily questions her friend's motives. As Emily feels the walls closing in on their coverups, she must reckon with the truth about her closest friend. Can she outrun the secrets she shares with Kristen, or will they destroy her relationship, her freedom--even her life?"
I received We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour organised by Penguin Michael Joseph. Thank you so much for having me on the tour!
We Were Never Here was published on 3rd August 2021 and is available on GoodReads and Amazon. Also I was so excited to help announce at the start of the month that We Were Never Here was one of the picks for Reese's Book Club - and I can see why! What a book!
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In We Were Never Here, our main characters Emily & Kristen are best friends and enjoying their time together on their annual 'getaway' trip - this year to Chile. However, things go awry when Emily finds Kristen in their room with a dead backpacker - even worse, this isn't the first time it's happened. Now they have to try and keep their secrets but with the mounting tension and suspicion, it's going to be harder than they think.
As soon as I read the synopsis I knew that We Were Never Here was going to be an interesting read and WOW it blew me away! The story immediately grabs you and refuses to let go - I literally read over 100 pages in one sitting and the only reason I stopped was because it was after midnight and I had work the next day!
The story had what I like to call a snowball pace where everything starts off calm and in control until it subtly builds and builds until BOOM - everything falls apart. I love this effect in stories because it is so gripping especially with the fantastic writing.
The characters were so compelling and on the surface level Emily & Kristen seem to have the perfect friendship. The author does an amazing job of giving these characters such depth and of giving little hints to the reader to show them how things might not be as idyllic as they seem. Also all throughout the book, you're never quite sure of what the truth really is - it is so psychological and deliciously twisty. The writing was so convincing as well as the anxiety and paranoia that builds that it almost felt like I was living it! There were so many twists that actually made me gasp out loud because I never saw them coming and it is one of those stories where I don't want to go in to too much detail because I don't want to spoil anything but OMG THAT ENDING?!
We Were Never Here is a tense, heart racing and nail biting thriller that was absolutely brilliant! A must read and it truly takes the question 'what would you do for your friends?' to a whole new level!
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