Adult book reviews, Book Reviews

We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz – ARC Review



My Rating ~ Five Stars


RELEASE DATE:  12 August 2021

Format: Paperback

Pages: 320

Publisher: Penguin Books



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-defence. 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?




Thank you so much to Penguin Books Australia for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

Emily and Kristen are excited to be holiday ing together again, especially since Kristen has been living on the other side of the world. Their last holiday turned into a nightmare when Emily was attacked and they killed and buried her attacker’s body.  Emily has felt the the traumatic effects of that night ever since and she’s still trying to come to terms with the attack, which is having repercussions in trying to be intimate with her new boyfriend. On the last night of their holiday, history shockingly repeats itself, but this time Kristen is the one attacked – and they have another body to bury. 

Back on home soil, Emily feels the terror of waiting to be caught, but Kristen seems to shrug it off. As Kristen becomes more and more invasive in her life, Emily wonders who is acting strange – is it Kristen or herself?

We Were Never Here was such a rollercoaster ride! Clingy friendships are one of my worst nightmares, so this book had all the horrors for me 😂  The psychological thriller parts of this book were really well done and everytime I thought I knew just what was going on, I’d find I didn’t.  Was it a believable story? Nah, not really, but was it pure entertainment and a lot of fun? You bet.

The final line in the book was a bit blah and really not required, but honestly, I’d enjoyed it so much up until there it didn’t ruin anything for me. 



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