AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz

Publication Date: August 3, 2021
Format: Audio
Genre:  Psychological Thriller
Narrators: Becca Tobin

Publisher: Random House Audio     
10 hours 49 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


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?


This was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick.

I was really confused by this book.  Kristen is creepy, and a bit stalky so she is hard to like, Emily is struggling and just seems weak and under Kristens spell.  Her boyfriend Aaron is way too compliant and nice.  I doubt many people wouldn't be asking for answers and be upset if their girlfriend kept pushing them away and then ditched plans with them for her friend.  I really wanted to like this book but I struggled.  Even the ending left me confused.  Did she or didn't she who really was the more messed up person in their relationship? Its hard to decide. 

The narrator was good and convincing as the characters, however all of the characters were either unlikeable or just dull.  I didn't feel invested in them or this book.  Which is probably why an audiobook took me weeks to listen to instead of a day.  


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