NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • “This book is every suspense lover’s dream and it kept me up way too late turning pages. . . . A novel with crazy twists and turns that will have you ditching your Friday night plans for more chapters.”—Reese Witherspoon
A backpacking trip has deadly consequences in this “eerie psychological thriller . . . with alluring locales, Hitchcockian tension, and possibly the best pair of female leads since Thelma and Louise” (BookPage), from the bestselling author of The Lost Night and The Herd.
A Marie Claire Book Club Pick • Named One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year by Oprah Daily, BuzzFeed, Reader’s Digest, Men’s Journal, and CrimeReads
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?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Toxic codependency doesn’t just mess up a friendship—in this wild psychological thriller, it also sets off a chain of harrowing events. Best friends Emily and Kristen have a rock-solid tradition of meeting up once a year for a far-flung backpacking trip in some new corner of the globe. But things get weird on their visit to Chile after Kristen reveals that she has been forced to kill a man in self-defense after he assaulted her…almost the same thing that happened during last year’s trip to Cambodia! As the friends’ secrets become weapons of psychological warfare, we found ourselves unable to figure out who was gaslighting whom. Author Andrea Bartz has an incredible ability to build tension, letting Emily’s panic rise higher and higher until it’s practically sucking the oxygen out of the room. Narrator Becca Tobin perfectly captures that nail-biting anxiety as the situation spins out of control. If you like your thrillers with a dash of Hitchcockian flair and a shot of pure adrenaline, We Were Never Here is just the thing.
I loved how this book made my brain bounce back and forth between various possible outcomes, changing sides between characters, second guessing my own idea of what was happening!
My only criticism was that the story sometimes got slowed down with conversations and descriptions.
Audio has an echo
Just begun and really hoping the whole thing isn’t like this. It’s nearly impossible to listen to.
Every stinking emotion is followed by a ‘LIKE’ a wordy flowery description of what that emotion/feeling was ‘LIKE’ I would have given it more stars cause it was a great story but I felt ‘like’ a strong angry and bubbling anger rising ‘like’ a molten volcano that suddenly erupts….ya ‘LIKE’ that