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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller

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 best-selling 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?

©2021 Andrea Bartz (P)2021 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“A book that skillfully examines toxic friendship at its most extreme.... When the reckoning arrives, it shows that sometimes, we should fear our friends a lot more than strangers.” (The New York Times Book Review

“A page-turning thriller about two best friends whose annual reunion trip goes wrong - one of them may or may not have ‘accidentally’ killed a fellow backpacker! - transforming their friendship as they once knew it.” (Marie Claire

“Bartz takes the idea of a ‘frenemy’ to new heights.... Yet another expert vivisection of female modes of communication and competition.” (Los Angeles Times

What listeners say about We Were Never Here

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Interesting story

Good story but the writing was very flowery. I just found that the metaphors in every single description were a bit much.

I didn’t love the narration but upon reflection it was a good choice for the lead character.

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Hope

Oh my gosh . I really enjoyed this book holy moly I feel like there could be a part two of this book

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Boring. Save your time and money.

Can’t believe how bad this book is. Incredibly bland and unrealistic story line. There were absolutely no surprises or unpredictable twists in the book. Don’t waste your time listening to this! Only gave it 2 stars because the narrator was great and made this book somewhat bearable.

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Besties, travel and murder

This gripping story about two friends traveling is very intriguing. Since I have travelled and lived in different countries, I loved that most of the drama takes place when Emily and Kristen travel.

Creepy moments:

The backpacker storyline in Phnom Penh, Cambodia was creepy for me. I just moved back home in June from living in Phnom Penh for 2 years. There are a lot of backpackers passing through and most hotels are strict about not letting you check-in without a passport. Emily’s story about getting a hotel where they were not strict on checking ID, could be possible. Kristen was creepy AF. She seemed obsessed with Emily and had an odd history of having people close to her die while growing up. It would have been interesting to see her POV here.

The “No! Don’t do it” moments:

Emily knew that something is off with Kristen, yet she constantly gives her chances. Like why go on a trip with her to Chile? Even after Emily knew she wanted to keep a distance between her and Kristen, she still kept giving in to going to meet Kristen... Alone!

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I do love the concept of friendship here and being one’s “ride or die.” I also like that this did not end up being some twisted love story between the two friends, although this thought did cross my mind. On a side note, I loved that the narrator Becca Tobin pronounces the “P” in Phom- this is how locals pronounce it.

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I found much of the story to be focused on Emily’s thoughts and it was not as creepy or scary as I expected. There was no shock to me about how it ended. I would have liked to see a big twist at the end.

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Did I read the same book as everyone else?

I was so excited to read We Were Never Here and was disappointed from beginning to end. The writing and narration were fine, but the story itself was boring, predictable, and slow-moving with zero twists or creativity. Did I miss something? Did I read the right book?? Please enlighten me.

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This book had lots of suspenseful moments and always kept me guessing. The narrator did a great job!

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Beach read and blackberry picking listening

I loved this book The suspenseful story held my attention and the traveling with a friend plot line was fun and made me reminisce for the good ol’ days.

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Good summer thriller

I really loved this book and I liked the narrators performance. It has mixed reviews but I highly enjoyed reading about the friendship between Emily and Kristen. Starts off codependent and gets ominously creepier as the story goes on. It's unclear who is in the wrong: is Emily an unreliable narrator? Or is there something seriously wrong with Kristen?
Also got wanderlust vibes reading about their trips together (before things go wrong, of course).
This is definitely one of the better thrillers I have listened to in a long time.

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  • 2021-08-06

Holy hell!

This kept me up until 1am on a school night... my mind is whirling! This is the kind of book that will make you want to keep reading everything the author has. Brava! If this isn’t made a movie I no longer want to go to movies any longer.

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  • Virginia A Reimer
  • 2021-08-06

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I can not say if this story is any good because the narration was borderline acceptable and the start of the book is so weak I just couldn't get into it. I returned it.

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  • ASCH16
  • 2021-08-06

Great Book

I’ve been striking out over and over again with my mystery choices and FINALLY found a great one. The characters are flawed but sympathetic and well fleshed out, there are no idiot stereotypes of women or relationships, the story line is captivating and believable. definitely worth a credit. I will be looking into the author’s other books

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  • Diane
  • 2021-08-08

Stop! Stop! Stop!

I love analogies and had to be careful when writing school papers not to over use them. The author shows promise & may just need a good editor to clean up the rough edges early on.

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  • Jennifer W.
  • 2021-08-06

Ughhhh

I love psychological thrillers so I was really excited for this book. Unfortunately, it fell pretty flat for me. The characters aren’t very likable and the first seven hours are kind of a frustrating, slow-paced examination into this co-dependent friendship and literally nothing happens. The last three hours are better but, again, I had no one I liked enough to root for. Ha. The reveals didn’t pack a lot of punch and the ending was just like…um…okayyy. Also, if you’re finding the narration a little slow, you might try listening on 1.1 or 1.2 speed. I wouldn’t say it’s a monotone listen, but maybe a little melancholy at times. I gave it a 3 overall because it wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read; nothing is fundamentally wrong with it or anything, but you basically get the whole story in the description. It left me wanting way more.

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  • Jennifer Baratta
  • 2021-08-07

Becca Tobin is an outstanding narrator

Just when you think you know your best friend from College. This book is amazing. Thank you Andrea Bartz.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-08-09

I really disliked this book

Ridiculous and repetitive. I rarely write reviews, but this book was frustrating and disappointing after reading all the endorsements

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  • Kora87
  • 2021-08-07

Loved it!

I thought this was an interesting story and it had a great narrator. What happens when you can`t trust your best friend? The friend who has always been there for you? The friend who has never let you down? The friend who has been there when others have let you down? When their trip to Chile ends in the death of a backpacker, similar to what happened the year before in Cambodia, Emily begins to wonder if her best friend is really the person she believes her to be. If she digs deeper, will she like what she sees? This story kept me listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-08-06

For all fans…

Of Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman, although her books I prefer much more. The book is not bad, but I didn't found it that interesting, especially to be it on Reese W. Bookclub List. On the bright side- I liked it much more that The Herd.

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  • ds
  • 2021-08-09

Suspense!

the characters keep you listening and asking what would I do? you want to keep listening

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