We Were Never Here
We Were Never Here
by Andrea Bartz
Published August 3, 2021
by Ballantine Books
Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Suspense / Thriller
This was an excellent and totally unique read! I had such a hard time putting it down and kept second guessing everything I thought I knew!!
Emily and Kristen are BFFs and even though they now live on opposite ends of the globe, they plan a yearly trip to a new and exciting location. But after their last trip to Cambodia where Emily was sexually assaulted by another tourist, she is nervous and jumpy. Kristen had returned to the room during the assault and the girls did what they had to do – attacked back in self defense, leaving the assailant dead. Worried they’d be the next Amanda Knox, the women decide to take matters into their own hands and dispose of the body rather than report it. Now, a year later, the girls have seemingly gotten away with murder and are in Chile for their annual trip. But when Emily returns to the room one night to find another dead body of a man who allegedly assaulted Kristen, she must decide if this is a horrific coincidence or something more sinister.
This book was really well written. I loved the characters of Emily and Kristen and the depiction of their friendship. It was fun trying to guess where the truth lay, who was manipulating who, and deciding whether or not Emily was a reliable narrator. I also really enjoyed her therapy sessions and thought they helped raise other interesting and intriguing plot points and also flesh out some personality traits in both the women.
I enjoyed how the story of the original assault, murder, and disposal of the body were slowly revealed. Emily’s reactions and struggles with what they had done felt authentic, though a little redundant at times. Her anxiety could often be felt through the pages!
Finally, I loved how Bartz wrapped up the story but I won’t say more on this to avoid spoilers!
This is one I definitely recommend and suspect will be a big hit this summer!! Thank you to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for a copy of this novel!