We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz
.ePUB, 297 pages
Expected Publication: August 3rd 2021 by Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
About the Book:
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 the trip, Emily enters their hotel suite to find blood and broken glass on the floor. Kristen says the cute backpacker she brought back to their room 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 headfirst into a new relationship and throwing herself into work. But when Kristen shows up for a surprise visit, Emily is forced to confront their violent past. The more Kristen tries to keep Emily close, the more Emily questions her motives. As Emily feels the walls closing in on their cover-ups, she must reckon with the truth about her closest friend. Can Emily outrun the secrets she shares with Kristen, or will they destroy her relationship, her freedom—even her life?
The first half if the book is well paced and enjoyable, and even though you can sort of sense where it's heading, the story is good enough to keep you hooked and wondering. The book isn't perfect...It drags a bit sometimes, and the ending isn't all that satisfying but to be honest the writer really captured me with her writing. After the reveal it kinda goes downhill. The twists become disappointing, everything is rushed, and you could sail an ocean liner through some of the plot holes. Plenty of suspense, a smattering of mystery. I did finish it in one sitting, and it kept me entertained. I will definitely read more books by Ms. Bartz in the future.
Thank you NetGalley, Andrea Bartz and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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