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Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781984820464. 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 nig Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781984820464. 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?


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Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781984820464. 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 nig Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9781984820464. 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?

30 review for We Were Never Here

  1. 5 out of 5

    MarilynW

    We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz Every year Emily and Kristen, best friends since college, go on a backpacking trip in a foreign country. Last year's trip, in Cambodia, didn't turn out so well, leaving Emily an anxious mess once she got home. But Kristen supported her, often for hours each day by phone, since Kristen has been living in Australia. This year's trip to Chile ends with a very similar disaster. The most common denominator of this year's disaster and last year's disaster is the role We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz Every year Emily and Kristen, best friends since college, go on a backpacking trip in a foreign country. Last year's trip, in Cambodia, didn't turn out so well, leaving Emily an anxious mess once she got home. But Kristen supported her, often for hours each day by phone, since Kristen has been living in Australia. This year's trip to Chile ends with a very similar disaster. The most common denominator of this year's disaster and last year's disaster is the role that Kristen plays in both horrors. Now Kristen wants Emily to commit to taking off work to spend six months backpacking together. Emily just wants to escape to her home, job, and new boyfriend. Not long after Emily gets home, Kristen shows up on her doorstep, back in Milwaukee for good. This is a story of co-dependent bad judgement, manipulation, and gaslighting, with strong Amanda Knox vibes. Or, at least, Kristen likes to bring up Amanda Knox to get Emily to bow to her wishes. Finally, Emily is getting suspicious and realizing that Kristen might not be the kind of friend she thought she was. The story starts out strong but then drags with Emily's detailed reflection of all that has gone on in the past and present. As crazy as the first part of the story is, the last part of the story is even more over the top. It becomes hard to tell where one crazy ends and the other begins between Emily and Kristen and still, the final paragraph of the story seems out of place. Publication: August 3rd 2021 Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and NetGalley for this ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    All right, here are the facts: I enjoyed the Herd and at the beginning I thought this book was truly giving me five stars alert! Two traveling friends- two murders they got away with- Amanda Knox meets Heathers, Single White Female and Girl interrupted vibes of obsessive female friendship is intriguing and dreamy formula for my huge thriller appetite! But... yes this could have been five starred read for me even though the opening was a little wordy but also contained impressive analysis of both All right, here are the facts: I enjoyed the Herd and at the beginning I thought this book was truly giving me five stars alert! Two traveling friends- two murders they got away with- Amanda Knox meets Heathers, Single White Female and Girl interrupted vibes of obsessive female friendship is intriguing and dreamy formula for my huge thriller appetite! But... yes this could have been five starred read for me even though the opening was a little wordy but also contained impressive analysis of both characters and their dysfunctional, needy relationship! Emily was the shy, obedient, insecure woman is about to be 30, suffering from trust issues after dating with demanding, possessive men! Thankfully her best friend Kristen: her polar opposite, independent, good looking, free spirited, risk taker, dominant woman was always at her side after her breakups or her sexual assault ( actually she was the witness of the assault helped her bury the body !!!!) Emily is still jittery and suffering from panic attacks after Cambodia incident ( yes, she got rid of the guy who tried to rape her and Kristen was there to cover her tracks) and when she agreed to go to Chile mountains but instead of drinking wine and enjoying scenery, she finds herself at another murder scene again!! This time Kristen is rape victim who sits on a blood bath, needing urgent help of her bestie to get rid of the corpse! Well, lightning doesn’t strike twice and less than five years being in two different crime scenes is a little suspicious. Wake up Emily! Your bestie already started to give me creeps! Those girls get away with murder again and Emily returns back to her home, getting serious with her new boyfriend ( thankfully Kristin hasn’t met him yet. Because I’m sure she may find a way to force Emily break things up with him) but wait a minute why Kristin bangs Emily’s door. Wasn’t she in Australia? Wait a minute! Did she buy a new apartment at the next block of Emily? Whattt! And why she cannot stop mentioning their Chili trip in front of everyone and how she orchestrated her surprise birthday to spend entire weekend at a cabin out of nowhere with no cell reception! Oh, Emily wake the hell up! This girl is bad news and you’re about to be cheesy murder material for evening news! Well, I have to admit: writing and characterization were great but it was way tooooo long. At least 50 pages can be emitted! When I reach at the last third I thought this book will never end. I wanted to scream at the characters to cut the crap and give us a proper conclusion of their stories but finally they gave it ( this is such a relief) I still have good feelings about this book because I’m always a great fan of wild crazy bitch girls’ fight and I keep saying oh no she cannot dare to that, oops she did it, didn’t she? kind of tense, expect the unexpected reads about how far obsessive women go! I loved the idea and character building and I went back and forth between 3 and 4 stars ! If it wasn’t for Andrea Bartz, I could give three stars without thinking any further! But I still enjoyed the cat fight of so called best friends and I’m rounding up 3.5 stars to 4 Kristin was batshit crazy Siamese twin of Jennifer Jason Leigh on single white female stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group/ Ballentine for sharing this gripping digital copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holly B

    4.5 STARS Ride or die! Kristen and Emily, drop everything for six months of wanderlust. They travel to Chile and Cambodia and meet up with two very unlucky backpackers. They wind up in a little situation.... they need to pull it together quick, think, no one at the hotel speaks English. They think about acting it out, showing their injuries, no, that won't work! They need to hide the body, what have they done? They are off to bury a body (or two)... "Hi ho, Hi ho...." This was one crazy, catch me if 4.5 STARS Ride or die! Kristen and Emily, drop everything for six months of wanderlust. They travel to Chile and Cambodia and meet up with two very unlucky backpackers. They wind up in a little situation.... they need to pull it together quick, think, no one at the hotel speaks English. They think about acting it out, showing their injuries, no, that won't work! They need to hide the body, what have they done? They are off to bury a body (or two)... "Hi ho, Hi ho...." This was one crazy, catch me if you can, roller-coaster, topsy-turvy, don't forget to breathe ride for me! I was glued to every page. I was stuck in Emily's anxiety filled head, but she had a lot on her mind so that was just fine! She needed to know if her bestie was a bit murdery! Perfectly understandable. It was a nerve twisting page-turner filled with many cliffs to go over. Thought-provoking and chilling with some added dark humor. About that last paragraph..... Dear Author, why, why, why?! Reese's August Book Club Pick / Purchased Copy / Read in Sept. 2021

  4. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **3.5-stars rounded up** When Emily met Kristen in college, she was immediately drawn in by the other girl's confidence and bold personality. The two hit it off right away, becoming best friends. Years later, even though they live on different continents, the women are still best friends; two peas in a pod. One way they maintain their closeness, is by traveling together to remote locations around the world. Last year, Cambodia; this year, Chile. On the final night in Chile, something truly terrible **3.5-stars rounded up** When Emily met Kristen in college, she was immediately drawn in by the other girl's confidence and bold personality. The two hit it off right away, becoming best friends. Years later, even though they live on different continents, the women are still best friends; two peas in a pod. One way they maintain their closeness, is by traveling together to remote locations around the world. Last year, Cambodia; this year, Chile. On the final night in Chile, something truly terrible happens. Kristen had headed back to their suite a little early with a cute backpacker they met in a bar. Emily, as a good friend, stayed away for a while to give the two time to be alone. When Emily does arrive back at the suite, she walks into a horrible mess. Blood, broken glass and a very dead backpacker. Kristen is extremely distraught, saying he attacked her and she hit him in self-defense. Emily takes control and they do what they have to do in order to get out of the country undetected. It feels surreal, Emily cannot believe what has happened, mainly because it's not the first time. Their magical trip to Cambodia ended much the same way. Kristen claiming self-defense and both of them cleaning up a giant mess. Back in Wisconsin, Emily is drowning in guilt. Repetitive thoughts and hazy recollections of the two infamous trips are constantly running through her head. She's having a difficult time putting it in the past and is surprised at how easily Kristen is coping with it all. While Emily is distracted, both at work and in her new relationship with Aaron, Kristen seems to be her normal, carefree self. When Kristen shows up in Wisconsin for a surprise visit from Australia, Emily is shocked. She's starting to see her BFF in a whole new light and it's not flattering. The tighter Kristen tries to hold onto their friendship, the more Emily begins to feel like she's trapped. How well does she really know Kristen? What is she truly capable of? As secrets of Kristen's past come to light, due to stealthy digging on Emily's part, it becomes clear that her best friend may not be who she thinks she is. We Were Never Here is a tense and twisty tale of Suspense. I had fun reading this one, although in my opinion, the pace was a little uneven. The beginning was great. It kicks of quickly and the stakes are incredibly high. As a person who travels every year with my best friend, I couldn't even imagine having something happening to us, like what happened to Emily and Kristen in Cambodia. It's frightening to even think about. After Chile, it's clear, something is off with the besties. As the synopsis says, could lightening really strike twice? Once Emily returns to Wisconsin, I felt like the tense tone was ripped right out from under me. I was bored with being in Emily's head; her repetitive musings seemed to go on forever. However, once Kristen arrives, things slowly began to pick back up. I enjoyed the mystery of Kristen's background and Emily's sleuthing was definitely an element I appreciated. The ending was absolutely wild, like WHAT!? The intensity returning with a vigor. We're talking Lifetime movie levels of drama unfolding. It was definitely fun! In short, while the pace wasn't perfect for me, overall, I thought this was a compelling, over-the-top tale of codependent friendship. I am still thinking about and I consider that a great sign; it's memorable. Kristen, in particular, was a great character! Thank you so much to the publisher, Ballantine Books, for providing me a copy to read and review. I appreciate the opportunity to provide my opinion!

  5. 4 out of 5

    L.A.

    This left me speechless, Andrea Bartz...Wow!! We Were Never Here!! Cross reference this with the 1992 movie "Single White Female" and the 1956 movie "The Bad Seed" If you love psychological thrillers, then you will devour this chilling one. Emily and Kristen have been traveling the world together as close friends. These adventures connect them with some of the most unique places making memories along the way. Last year a tragic and traumatic event in Columbia left Emily wishing she could erase h This left me speechless, Andrea Bartz...Wow!! We Were Never Here!! Cross reference this with the 1992 movie "Single White Female" and the 1956 movie "The Bad Seed" If you love psychological thrillers, then you will devour this chilling one. Emily and Kristen have been traveling the world together as close friends. These adventures connect them with some of the most unique places making memories along the way. Last year a tragic and traumatic event in Columbia left Emily wishing she could erase her memory. She is haunted from a backpacker attacking her in a hotel room. Was it self defense that left him dead with Kristen's help? The right thing would be to call the police, but in a foreign country they decided against it referring to the Amanda Knox story. A year later, same scenario in Chili, except Emily walks into a bloody scene in their hotel room with a young backpacker dead in the room with Kristen. Not again...twice?? I felt like I was wearing a vice while reading it....I couldn't breathe 😳 🎶🎶Singing Miranda Lambert's song "Vice" while reading this one "...When it hurts this good you gotta play it twice..." "Another vice, another town Where my past can't run me down..." It doesn't take long to process Kristen is a controlling, manipulative frenemy. Emily has always clung to her needing a close friend until she meets Aaron who is slowly pulling her away from Kristen. As you sink into this one, get ready for a jealous betrayal of friendship with some chilling & haunting secrets surfacing in each chapter. Encountering exploitation and gaslighting, you can't prepare for that ending. This book is well orchestrated!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is the Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick for August. I liked this book. It was a mostly entertaining ride. I just didn't love it. It started off very strong and wicked but it just got a little too over the top for my liking. It tried to play with my mind but I was left a bit confused. The ending just seemed too strange. I'd still recommend it as it has many twists and turns and will leave you wondering throughout. I could easily see this being made into a Netflix movie. Maybe Reese is even think This is the Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick for August. I liked this book. It was a mostly entertaining ride. I just didn't love it. It started off very strong and wicked but it just got a little too over the top for my liking. It tried to play with my mind but I was left a bit confused. The ending just seemed too strange. I'd still recommend it as it has many twists and turns and will leave you wondering throughout. I could easily see this being made into a Netflix movie. Maybe Reese is even thinking about it already...I'd watch it 🙂

  7. 4 out of 5

    Izzy

    I feel stupider for having read this book. I pushed past some truly atrocious prose (“my insides tumbled like concrete,” “his clothes formed a casserole by his body”) because the setup and first few chapters were actually pretty promising. What follows is a sloppy patchwork of cliches (including a toxic female best friend with a sketchy past involving mysterious deaths, a Gone Girl style scavenger hunt of coded messages to taunt/blackmail the MC, etc) and exposition heavy scenes that test the re I feel stupider for having read this book. I pushed past some truly atrocious prose (“my insides tumbled like concrete,” “his clothes formed a casserole by his body”) because the setup and first few chapters were actually pretty promising. What follows is a sloppy patchwork of cliches (including a toxic female best friend with a sketchy past involving mysterious deaths, a Gone Girl style scavenger hunt of coded messages to taunt/blackmail the MC, etc) and exposition heavy scenes that test the reader’s patience. It’s painfully obvious what is really going on and waiting for Emily to catch up is laborious and repetitive. Emily is all, You mean my friend who killed two guys and ditched their bodies and shows no remorse or worry over getting caught might not be who I thought she was?! *shocked Pikachu face* The final pages are just ridiculous. Worst book I’ve read all year.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Bartz

    Thank you to every single reader—truly! xAndi

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    I loved the premise of this thriller!! And it started off really strong, I really enjoyed the first 60% of this book, but then it started to go in a predictable direction and it was less fun. Thai ending up being a pretty middle of the road thriller for me, but I listened to the entire audiobook in just two sittings cause I couldn’t put it down so 🤩

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    Audiobook….read by Becca Tobin …..10 hours and 50 minutes long “Hi ho….hi ho…. …..we’re off to bury a body we know”…… This psychological thriller …. in Cambodia and Chile…with two friends, two deaths, and one boyfriend …..a Reese Witherspoon monthly pick……has all the qualities of a poolside ‘genre’ (if there is such a thing as “poolside genre”). The escape entertainment is not without flaws ….but it has that semi-mindless -pleasurable indulgent thing going for it. I enjoyed the ride! 3.5 - rating Audiobook….read by Becca Tobin …..10 hours and 50 minutes long “Hi ho….hi ho…. …..we’re off to bury a body we know”…… This psychological thriller …. in Cambodia and Chile…with two friends, two deaths, and one boyfriend …..a Reese Witherspoon monthly pick……has all the qualities of a poolside ‘genre’ (if there is such a thing as “poolside genre”). The escape entertainment is not without flaws ….but it has that semi-mindless -pleasurable indulgent thing going for it. I enjoyed the ride! 3.5 - rating up for the crazy-fun of it

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    3.5 stars The story kicks off with a ton of potential but unfortunately it then goes into familiar territory. It just felt like I've seen all of this play out before in countless books and movies. And that's the main issue I had with this book because I was hoping for something different. The ending at least was crazy enough to keep me entertained but it wasn't enough to push this book into the awesome read category. I liked the author's last book, The Herd, so I decided to dive right into this bo 3.5 stars The story kicks off with a ton of potential but unfortunately it then goes into familiar territory. It just felt like I've seen all of this play out before in countless books and movies. And that's the main issue I had with this book because I was hoping for something different. The ending at least was crazy enough to keep me entertained but it wasn't enough to push this book into the awesome read category. I liked the author's last book, The Herd, so I decided to dive right into this book without reading the publisher synopsis beforehand. I'm glad I had no prior info because I truly was caught off guard, in a good way. It's an intriguing setup of the two best friends going on these reunion vacations and the things that seem to keep happening while they are together. The book really gets off to a strong start and in my mind I was thinking the possibilities were endless in terms of where the author could take the story. Instead it turns out to be more of a typical and common thriller when I had hopes it could be something special. On the plus side it is a quick read and the action really picks up towards the end. The beginning and ending is where you get to see the author's creative side really shine. I just wish the middle wasn't quite so lackluster. Thank you to Ballantine Books and Netgalley for providing me with an advance digital copy! All thoughts expressed are my honest opinion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Deirdre Winberg

    I can’t fully put into words how much I hated this book. It is tedious, predictable and the first book from Reese’s book club that I genuinely disliked. If I had to read “stop stop STOP” one more time I was going to hit something.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    “We Were Never Here” is one disturbing story! Author Andrea Bartz writes so well, that reading this story filled me with angst. This is Reese Witherspoon’s August book choice, and it’s a good one. Emily and Kristen went to Northwestern together and stayed friends, close friends. The girls go on a backpacking trip to Chile and Emily finds that Kristen killed a fellow backpacker in their hotel suite. While Emily is in shock, Kristen persuades her to help Kristen cover up the death. Adding to the ter “We Were Never Here” is one disturbing story! Author Andrea Bartz writes so well, that reading this story filled me with angst. This is Reese Witherspoon’s August book choice, and it’s a good one. Emily and Kristen went to Northwestern together and stayed friends, close friends. The girls go on a backpacking trip to Chile and Emily finds that Kristen killed a fellow backpacker in their hotel suite. While Emily is in shock, Kristen persuades her to help Kristen cover up the death. Adding to the terror, is that one year ago the two girls were on another backpacking trip in Vietnam and a similar situation occurred. Yet, it’s hazy in Emily’s minds. What Emily thought happened in Vietnam, Kirsten changes to the point that Emily questions her own sanity. As the story progresses, we, the reader, gets a bad feeling about Kristen. Too many sketchy things keep occurring. Kristen easily manipulates Emily….yet. Emily is confused with her own recollections of events, which brings the reader to question what is accurate and what is imagined. Kristen is the Queen of Gaslighting. The story is told through Emily’s lens. This is a slow burn of suspense, wondering what the truth is and how will this end. Speaking of the ending….for me, this was close to a 5 star story until the last 20 or so pages. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed the ride and recommend it as a solid thriller.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa of Troy

    Emily is on vacation with her bestie, Kristen, when things take a turn for the worst. Arriving back in The States, Kristen is acting like nothing happened but is acting very strangely by showing up randomly. Emily is learning more and more about the past. What really happened on vacation? This book felt like 2 different authors wrote it. The first 25% and the last 25% were really page turning and exciting. The middle 50% was way too much inner-monologue by the main character, Emily. Also, the aut Emily is on vacation with her bestie, Kristen, when things take a turn for the worst. Arriving back in The States, Kristen is acting like nothing happened but is acting very strangely by showing up randomly. Emily is learning more and more about the past. What really happened on vacation? This book felt like 2 different authors wrote it. The first 25% and the last 25% were really page turning and exciting. The middle 50% was way too much inner-monologue by the main character, Emily. Also, the author tried to paint Kristen as super creepy. Sorry but maybe you don't know your besties as well as I do nor care about them as much as I do, but if my bestie told me she was moving in a few houses down, I would jump for joy and give her a hug and thank my lucky stars. If she wanted to go to my yoga class, I would be thrilled. What else is she supposed to do? Just move to the same city and try to live as far away as possible? I wouldn't find those behaviors creepy at all. Let me tell you about my best friend. She is sunshine. She is always late because she makes friends everywhere – standing in line at the checkout counter, at school, at church, with children. She emits feelings of warmth and belonging. She gives generously and open handedly. She would give you the shirt off her back and would never bring it up, never say, “Do you remember the time that I did X for you?” She is super smart, but she never gloats about it. She is completely fluent in two languages, and she is incredibly brave and enjoys new things. She aspires to serve her family from her farm where she has horses, chickens, goats, and dogs, as well as a garden. She does not come from a family of farmers so she has had to learn all about farming and animal care. If she calls at 3 am, I answer. If she needs help, I would move heaven and earth to do so. Now, Emily has never heard of unconditional love. She immediately jumps in and starts in on judging poor Kristen. Honestly, I still feel bad for Kristin. How could they possibly have been friends so long? This book also just rang of double-standards. When a guy shows up unexpectedly, it is romantic. When Kristin shows up, it is creepy? I mean really. Is this what the world has come to? No wonder more and more people are depressed. How can you be happy in the world when you can’t even see your best friend without being branded creepy? Overall, this book was quite moody. It started very well, seemed like an immature teenager in the middle, and ended on a higher note (although the last couple of pages of the book were rather forgettable). *Thank you, NetGalley, for a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    Just imagine going on vacation in an unknown country, meeting someone you have instant chemistry with, only to go back to your hotel suite a few hours later and for something to go horribly wrong.... something so horrible you find yourself digging yet ANOTHER shallow grave!! Talk about a vacationing girl's worst nightmare, indeed!! Why can't Emily and Kristen not catch a break?! I'm not afraid of admitting when I'm wrong about something, therefore I can happily say I was horribly wrong when I sai Just imagine going on vacation in an unknown country, meeting someone you have instant chemistry with, only to go back to your hotel suite a few hours later and for something to go horribly wrong.... something so horrible you find yourself digging yet ANOTHER shallow grave!! Talk about a vacationing girl's worst nightmare, indeed!! Why can't Emily and Kristen not catch a break?! I'm not afraid of admitting when I'm wrong about something, therefore I can happily say I was horribly wrong when I said 'Bartz just isn't for me,' after disliking her two previous novels. I gave this third release of hers a chance on account of it being a BOTM selection, and I'm overjoyed to say I LOVED it, and Bartz has totally redeemed herself in my book. Maybe it was just me all along?! We Were Never Here was a taught, intense thriller about an incredibly toxic and codependent friendship that I eagerly devoured! I instantly fell in love with Emily, our main protagonist, and cautious of Kristen, her best friend. After reading the first chapter in which the two friends hastily cut their Chilean vacation short, I just knew I was in for an compulsively readable tale! Boy, was I right about that prediction! Upon returning home Emily not-so-subtly tries to put some distance between herself and Kristen and instead focus on her new relationship. Kristen has other plans, unfortunately for Emily! I suppose you can't blame a girl for trying! With friends like these, who really does need enemies?! That's what Emily thinks, anyway. Is she right to distance herself from Kristen, or is this all just one big nightmarish coincidence?! At just under 300 pages, it was the perfect length, and the pacing was jet-quick, and I was on my last chapter before I knew it. I was completely satisfied with the conclusion of the story, although I did predict how it would end that didn't take away from my enjoyment one bit. I can't wait to read Bartz's next release now that I've jumped back on the bandwagon!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    If you are a believer of the theory . . . . Well then this most definitely is NOT the story for you. You see, you have to believe that two lifelong friends who go on an annual trip to some exotic locale have killed and disposed of not one but TWO rapey fellas and gotten away with it on back-to-back vacays. Are you still with me? It’s A-okay to know We Were Never Here is going to be above your limitations. But if you’re like me sometimes and you are well aware that the thing you might need mo If you are a believer of the theory . . . . Well then this most definitely is NOT the story for you. You see, you have to believe that two lifelong friends who go on an annual trip to some exotic locale have killed and disposed of not one but TWO rapey fellas and gotten away with it on back-to-back vacays. Are you still with me? It’s A-okay to know We Were Never Here is going to be above your limitations. But if you’re like me sometimes and you are well aware that the thing you might need most in your life is a little . . . . You might be able to force your brain to just go with it. If you can do that I think you’ll find Emily and Kristen’s long strange trip to be a hell of a fun time. Not to mention the very last page . . . . After attempting to swear off Reese's Book Club picks, this was my second winner in a row. I think it's safe to say I'm officially back on the auto request bandwagon for her choices.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    This book had some strong parts and some weaker parts, it is basically a character study of an insane person and a co-dependent person who doesn't really recognize that fact until it's too late. From the beginning, I had bad feelings about Kristen. She seemed off to me and I couldn't figure out why Emily couldn't see it. When I learned more about Emily's background and how the trauma she had experienced the year before had affected her life, I could see why she was clinging to Kristen, who had a This book had some strong parts and some weaker parts, it is basically a character study of an insane person and a co-dependent person who doesn't really recognize that fact until it's too late. From the beginning, I had bad feelings about Kristen. She seemed off to me and I couldn't figure out why Emily couldn't see it. When I learned more about Emily's background and how the trauma she had experienced the year before had affected her life, I could see why she was clinging to Kristen, who had a strong, forceful personality. When the girls get home after their second disaster-ridden trip in a row, I really felt like Emily should have seen the writing on the wall, especially when Kristen shows up. So many times I just wanted to shake Emily for acting so nervous and frantic and dithering around. Yes, I guess most "normal" people would act that way after what she experienced, but it was frustrating to read over and over. The beginning of the book is good and the ending is good, but the middle part did drag on and on. Overall a fairly decent read, if you can get past all of the hand-wringing in the middle section. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Georgia Kate

    I read this via an audiobook, and If I heard the narrators voice go "Stop. Stop! STOP!" One more time I was going to yeet my phone out the window. I read this via an audiobook, and If I heard the narrators voice go "Stop. Stop! STOP!" One more time I was going to yeet my phone out the window.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I really enjoyed Andrea Bartz’s sly take on The Wing in “The Herd,” so I was very excited to read her next effort. Like “The Herd,” this is a finely written, nuanced psychological portrait of Lindsay, who reaches into her long-lost memories of a night she got blackout drunk and her best college friend committed suicide….or was she murdered? Here we have a potentially unreliable narrator who gets blackout wasted and, oh yeah, has a propensity for violence. And yet, she’s written so well by Bartz t I really enjoyed Andrea Bartz’s sly take on The Wing in “The Herd,” so I was very excited to read her next effort. Like “The Herd,” this is a finely written, nuanced psychological portrait of Lindsay, who reaches into her long-lost memories of a night she got blackout drunk and her best college friend committed suicide….or was she murdered? Here we have a potentially unreliable narrator who gets blackout wasted and, oh yeah, has a propensity for violence. And yet, she’s written so well by Bartz that you can’t help but like her and want her to uncover a truth that does NOT involve her as the murderer. This is not your “read in an hour without thinking” kind of mystery. It is more intelligent and layered than your average entry in the thriller genre. It poses some interesting questions about the reliability of memory, and the characterizations are excellent. You may not like all the characters, but it’s hard not to be drawn in by them. The book has a fantastic and surprising ending. “The Lost Night” solidifies my belief that Andrea Bartz is a writer to watch. 4+ stars. My thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this solid and interesting sophomore mystery!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    Within 90 pages of this one I could foresee the entire novel. Almost exactly, as it turned out. That's a problem within this genre for us folks over 70. The authors have little idea what old movies, long past decades tomes, or other plotting courses that were seen in reality. Already. This reminded me of one almost from the 10th page or so. And it sure was. If I tell you what non-fiction title or who it was about, then you'd know the entire onus of this We Were Never Here. The victim category was Within 90 pages of this one I could foresee the entire novel. Almost exactly, as it turned out. That's a problem within this genre for us folks over 70. The authors have little idea what old movies, long past decades tomes, or other plotting courses that were seen in reality. Already. This reminded me of one almost from the 10th page or so. And it sure was. If I tell you what non-fiction title or who it was about, then you'd know the entire onus of this We Were Never Here. The victim category was different, but very little about the psychology or operations of friendship bonds were. So to me, this was barely a 3 star. The only surprise was the outcome of the last showdown. No, not much of surprise at all. People who have little recognizing ability for certain psychosis definitions will enjoy this perverse travelogue more than I. (If I tell you even one of the two titles -popular past which cored this condition or a movie name for one, it would be a nearly total spoiler review.) The writing is 80% girlish chit-chat or he said, she said. And next to no one is normal homo sapiens. So typical of this genre, this year. If my TBR pile wasn't so small, I probably would not have finished this one. 2.5 stars and lacks originality. Rounded it up only because it will entice a certain popular audience without long memories. Lastly I have to note that some of the prose similes or metaphors were tacky, corny, and trying too hard atrocious.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I read Andrea Bartz’ The Herd last year and liked it, I think, more than most. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was enjoyable and I had a fun time reading it. I hoped to get a similar experience out of We Were Never Here. The book starts with a familiar premise. The protagonist, Emily, is an average woman, about to turn thirty, with a job she likes but doesn’t love and bad luck with romance. Her Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I read Andrea Bartz’ The Herd last year and liked it, I think, more than most. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was enjoyable and I had a fun time reading it. I hoped to get a similar experience out of We Were Never Here. The book starts with a familiar premise. The protagonist, Emily, is an average woman, about to turn thirty, with a job she likes but doesn’t love and bad luck with romance. Her best friend, Kristen, is more attractive, more charismatic, and more exciting, but nevertheless showers Emily with constant attention and support. All is well until Kristen gets Emily in serious trouble that could end with both of them in jail. I’ve seen versions of this dynamic in other female-focused mysteries and thrillers, so we’re not exactly breaking new ground here. That said, the setup to this story – roughly the first quarter of the book – was very well-written. Bartz transported me to Chile with her detailed descriptions and lush imagery, and I thought she handled the death that kicks off the book, Kristen killing the backpacker in self-defense (not a spoiler, it’s in the synopsis of the book), and the aftermath perfectly. This was, in my opinion, the best part of the book: getting to know Emily and Kristen, witnessing their idyllic Chilean vacation take a turn for the macabre, learning what happened the last time they took a trip together, seeing how Emily handles it. But this book was something of a roller coaster, because the next quarter was easily my least favorite part of the book. We’re introduced to Aaron, who’s nice and inoffensive and lacking in substance in the way that almost all male love interests in female-led mysteries and thrillers are nice and inoffensive and lacking in substance. Completely two-dimensional and boring. And Emily’s feelings for Kristen were so inconsistent, from extreme devotion and dependence to wanting to put distance between them and continuing to waffle back and forth between the two. Emily’s feelings and reactions in general were inconsistent during this part of the book. Roughly the third quarter of the book is where it started to get good again. I thought I had fully figured out what was happening and was impatiently waiting for Emily to catch up, but then Bartz started throwing curveballs. She took advantage of Emily as a sort of unreliable narrator to make me question her interpretation and, in turn, my interpretation of events. As she gradually upped the ante and started painting Emily into a corner, I was completely on edge and couldn’t stop reading. And then the book ended on a lukewarm note. Parts of it I saw coming, parts of it I didn’t. I’m always torn when it comes to mysteries and thrillers; on the one hand, it’s not very much fun when you predict the ending, but on the other hand, too many authors go out of their way to write an unpredictable twist ending and it ends up coming out of nowhere and not making sense with the rest of the book. Bartz managed to do neither but also sort of do both. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but that’s how I left the book feeling. Overall, an entertaining read that was about what I expected having read The Herd. I would pick up another book by Bartz in the future if I’m in the need for something quick and thrilling, but she won’t be making it onto my list of favorite authors.

  22. 5 out of 5

    BookNightOwl

    This story is about 2 girls who go on a backpacking trip every year. This last trip things didn't go ask expected and Emily starts questioning how well she really knows her friend Kristen. I really enjoyed this book. A- This story is about 2 girls who go on a backpacking trip every year. This last trip things didn't go ask expected and Emily starts questioning how well she really knows her friend Kristen. I really enjoyed this book. A-

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)

    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 - attac 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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh Marie

    One of the worst books I’ve read this year. I’m semi annoyed I wasted two days on this book when I have a stack of TBRs that most likely all better than this heap of trash. Predictable, subpar writing (and awful analogies), dumb pseudo twist that almost was this book’s saving grace until it turned out to not actually be the case. Don’t waste your time on this one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Colleen (Colleensreadingadventures) Scidmore

    We Were Never Here is a story about close friendships and what happens when that bond is tested to its limits. When everything that was once clear is now muddled. Time and events with people who are closer than family are forever altered.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ “𝘒𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘫𝘢𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥. 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦’𝘥 𝘩𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘢 𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘢𝘨𝘰 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘧 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘺 𝘦𝘺𝘦𝘴. 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳. 𝘈 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘱𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘤 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘴, We Were Never Here is a story about close friendships and what happens when that bond is tested to its limits. When everything that was once clear is now muddled. Time and events with people who are closer than family are forever altered.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ “𝘒𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘫𝘢𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥. 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦’𝘥 𝘩𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘢 𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘢𝘨𝘰 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘧 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘺 𝘦𝘺𝘦𝘴. 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳. 𝘈 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘱𝘰𝘤𝘬𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘤 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘴, 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘺 𝘱𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘤𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘮𝘺 𝘧𝘪𝘴𝘵. 𝘏𝘦𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵. 𝘈𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘦𝘥 𝘟𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘹. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘹.”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Emily and Kristen have been best friends since college. Kristen is the one friend that uplifts Emily and is really more family than friend. Kristen moved away to Australia several years ago so their yearly international vacations are important to Emily. Once a year they choose a new country where they enjoy the sights of exotic and rural destinations and where they are able to really spend quality time together. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This year the duo traveled to Chili. On their last night together, Kristen decides to a have a random hookup with a handsome traveler named Paolo. When Emily returns to their room she finds Kristen sobbing on the ground with an apparently dead Paolo and a bloody wine bottle next to him. Kristen insists she reacted in self defense after Paolo tried to attack her. Emily can’t believe this is a repeat of a very similar situation last year when they were traveling in Viet Nam. Where another rando ended up dead. Is it possible this can truly coincidentally happen twice? And is there something about the girls that attracts these type of predators? ⁣⁣ What happens next will change the fabric of their friendship and leave Emily questioning everything about herself and Kristen. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Parts of this were really quite good. The concept was excellent. But the way the story was laid out just didn’t live up to my expectations. So much of it was unbelievable and it wasn’t the material itself but the deliverance. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Emily drove me crazy with her ever constant going back and forth. Should she trust Kristen, or not? One minute she was all in with the friendship the next minute pulling away at maximum speed. There was quite a bit of whiplash going on. That was pretty much the entirety of the whole middle.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The last portion made up for some of the idleness. It really was pretty intense, kept me glued to listening, and showed just how toxic Emily and Kristens friendship really was. Let’s just say 𝐂𝐑𝐀𝐙𝐘 𝐓𝐎𝗪𝐍…lol. ⁣⁣ Really the beginning and ending were the best parts of the book to me and the reason why I feel like it deserves 3 stars instead of 2 I was toying with giving.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This is my first book by Andrea Bartz and although We Were Never Here wasn’t my favorite, I’m definitely open to reading more of her work. Ms. Bartz clearly has talent.⁣⁣

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe

    How many dead bodies need to pile up before someone isn’t an “innocent bystander” anymore? This is the question Emily finds herself asking when she experiences the same terrifying situation two years in a row. Thank you to Random House and Andrea Bartz for my ARC of this book that comes out on July 13, 2021. A year ago in Cambodia, Emily experienced the terror of being assaulted, put to a stop just in time by her best friend Kristen, who silenced her attacker forever. A year later, Emily is begin How many dead bodies need to pile up before someone isn’t an “innocent bystander” anymore? This is the question Emily finds herself asking when she experiences the same terrifying situation two years in a row. Thank you to Random House and Andrea Bartz for my ARC of this book that comes out on July 13, 2021. A year ago in Cambodia, Emily experienced the terror of being assaulted, put to a stop just in time by her best friend Kristen, who silenced her attacker forever. A year later, Emily is beginning to heal from the trauma and decides to brave another trip with Kristen to Chile. But when she walks in on Kristen, terrified and confused, standing over another dead body, she starts to wonder if they attract bad attention, or if there is something more going on. Emily heads home to Wisconsin to try to put the pieces of her life back together and have time away from Kristen. She has a job she loves and the beginning of a new relationship, so there is hope to move past her trauma. But then Kristen shows up unannounced, and throws Emily into a tailspin, forced to be reminded of the things they went through. And the worst part is, Kristen is acting like nothing even happened. This book gave off Amanda Knox vibes and mixed it with an obsessive female friendship. It was intriguing from the start and had Andrea Bartz’ signature theme of female empowerment. Women traveling alone, women surviving trauma, and women dealing with boundaries in their lives. The tension and fear of the story is filled with underlying themes that I enjoyed reading about. You never quite know who to trust in this story, which makes it all the better. Bartz developed the characters a lot in a short amount of time and it helped me connect with the story. The topic of mental health and therapy comes up often and is an important component added to this story. Was the story believable? No. But it was almost like a guilty pleasure, so addicting that you can’t turn away. I recommend this book to those who like the single white female vibe or those who find it creepy to travel alone. 3.5- stars! First available on mysteryandsuspense.com

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Naretto

    I had a lot of hope for this one. Yeah, no. It tried to further a feminist viewpoint, which is great; however, it was so heavy handed it felt misplaced & obvious. In trying to capture the nuances of patriarchal oppression & misogyny it somehow failed to acknowledge the faint way that it impresses itself into every aspect of life. And, it ends with a crazy woman which feels like a degradation of the initial message. So many references to being afraid to walk alone & dangerous men... I feel like t I had a lot of hope for this one. Yeah, no. It tried to further a feminist viewpoint, which is great; however, it was so heavy handed it felt misplaced & obvious. In trying to capture the nuances of patriarchal oppression & misogyny it somehow failed to acknowledge the faint way that it impresses itself into every aspect of life. And, it ends with a crazy woman which feels like a degradation of the initial message. So many references to being afraid to walk alone & dangerous men... I feel like this #metoo storyline is starting to become predictable. One of my biggest pet peeves in a thriller is when the author uses the character to voice questions that the reader should be formulating on their own as they read. This hand-holding I find to be annoying & an obvious attempt by an author to lead the reader to a specific conclusion without putting the effort into developing a strong plot that generates organic questions. Overall, I did not enjoy this book. It was too simple & felt like it needed a few more revisions & edits to be fully developed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    booksandzoe

    it was supposed to give and it GAVE. this was stunning and so anxiety inducing

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    By 20% in, I started to wonder if this was a book I could finish. I also wondered why this book was getting rave reviews and recommendations. By 40% in, I was really slogging uphill to keep reading it. I wasted a couple of hours of reading time and feel I did a disservice to the Los Angeles Public Library by recommending they acquire the ebook so I could read it. I just couldn't stand either character and I didn't care how the story ended. Into the DNF bin before I wasted any more time on it. By 20% in, I started to wonder if this was a book I could finish. I also wondered why this book was getting rave reviews and recommendations. By 40% in, I was really slogging uphill to keep reading it. I wasted a couple of hours of reading time and feel I did a disservice to the Los Angeles Public Library by recommending they acquire the ebook so I could read it. I just couldn't stand either character and I didn't care how the story ended. Into the DNF bin before I wasted any more time on it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jody Wahl

    4 crazy stars 😵‍💫🌟🌟🌟🌟 This is a fast paced, sometimes frustrating but more often than not compelling thriller. The setup is two dysfunctional besties, Emily and Kirsten, are travel buddies, but everywhere they go bad things happen. Really bad. Kinda Thelma and Louise-ish without hottie denim wearing cowboy drawling Brad Pitt and Thelma and Louise are less likable. But kinda sorta the same vibe. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say I do recommend this book. It’s a fun, twisty thril 4 crazy stars 😵‍💫🌟🌟🌟🌟 This is a fast paced, sometimes frustrating but more often than not compelling thriller. The setup is two dysfunctional besties, Emily and Kirsten, are travel buddies, but everywhere they go bad things happen. Really bad. Kinda Thelma and Louise-ish without hottie denim wearing cowboy drawling Brad Pitt and Thelma and Louise are less likable. But kinda sorta the same vibe. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just say I do recommend this book. It’s a fun, twisty thriller and I was speed reading the last 25% because even though I could tell where it was going I couldn’t wait to get there. When I got there I rolled my eyes, laughed and felt the book was a fun ride and worth the read.

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