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Who We Were

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  552 ratings  ·  128 reviews

Katy is not the shy schoolgirl she once was, and she's looking forward to showing her classmates who she's become. Annabel was the queen bee, but her fall from grace changed her life forever. Zach was cruel, but he thinks he's changed. Robbie was a target. And he never stood a chance.

Their reunion will bring together friends and
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Published May 20th 2020 by Viper
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

4.5 stars

Writing for the second time under the name of B.M. Carroll, Ber Carroll presents her awaiting audience with yet another brilliant, astute and consuming thriller. Who We Were uses the stage of a high school reunion to unfurl a story of regret, revenge, deceit and mystery. I couldn’t take my eyes off this one and I begrudged having to turn my reading lamp off and stop reading before I was able to reach the thrilling climax of Who We Were.

Turning back
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Annabel Moore: pretty, popular, poisonous.
Grace McCrae: couldn’t go to the toilet without Annabel.
Zach Latham: thought he was so fucking funny, the idiot.
Melissa Andrews: stuck-up bitch.
Luke Willis: gay as Christmas.
Katy Buckley: always trying to be everyone’s friend.
Jarrod Harris: Annabel’s on-and-off boyfriend till he got her up the duff and became full-time ‘on’. Jarrod is the one he despises the most.”

Who We Were is the second novel by Australian author B.M. Carroll (who also writes a
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**4.5 stars**

Who We Were by B.M. Carroll. (2020).

20 years after they went their separate ways, friends and enemies are coming together for their school reunion. Katy is desperate to show she's not the shy girl anymore. Annabel ruled the school until her fall from grace. Zach who was popular but cruel thinks he's a changed man. And Robbie was always the victim who never stood a chance. As the reunion nears, anonymous threats are made an
Eve (Between The Bookends)

I enjoyed this one for the most part. The mystery kept me guessing until the end. However, the "thriller" angle of the story took a back seat to the lives of all the characters. The characters themselves were intriguing, so that definitely went a long way in keeping me interested. So ya, I liked it, but it wasn't something that blew me away.
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who We Were is the second standalone thriller to be written under the nom de plume BM Carroll and is a gripping novel about the power of childhood cruelty, and how it makes us the adults we become. "IT'S BEEN TWENTY YEARS...BUT ALL IS NOT FORGIVEN." Katy is not the shy schoolgirl she once was, and she's looking forward to showing her classmates who she's become. Annabel was the queen bee. But her fall from grace changed her life forever. Zach was cruel, but he thinks he's changed. Robbie was a t ...more
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I actually really enjoyed this book! I bought it as I seen that Liane Moriarty had posted about it on her fb page so thought it would be worth a try. I found it to be a similar writing style to hers which I just love!! Glad I picked this one up 😊
Liz Barnsley
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it

Who We Were is a highly addictive novel, part character drama part psychological thriller with some really engaging characters, a beautifully tense group dynamic that keeps you turning the pages.

I’ve always avoided my school reunions to be honest, fairly sure there’s a few people who at the very least would glance at me sideways, this book is basically that- the way we were versus the way we are. Do people really change and let’s just say there’s at least one person holding a severe grudge…

I lov
“Annabel Moore: pretty, popular, poisonous.
Grace McCrae: couldn’t go to the toilet without Annabel.
Zach Latham: thought he was so fucking funny, the idiot.
Melissa Andrews: stuck-up bitch.
Luke Willis: gay as Christmas.
Katy Buckley: always trying to be everyone’s friend.
Jarrod Harris: Annabel’s on-and-off boyfriend till he got her up the duff and became full-time ‘on’. Jarrod is the one he despises the most.”

The second standalone thriller by B.M. Carroll, WHO WE WERE is about the power of childhoo
Paula  Phillips
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book drew me in from the cover with the broken lollipop and then reading the back with a 20th High School Reunion, I knew I would love it as I love these type of books with a revenge twist as one of my favorite horror movies is Valentine where the bullied victim from High School gets revenge on those popular girls who made his life hell during a reunion. This book starts with Katy Burch organizing a reunion and getting in touch with some of her old classmates and we get a glimpse of where t ...more
Sadly this wasn't for me.
The plot seemed interesting at first, but then I couldn't connect with the characters. They didn't call my attention at all. Although, this is just my point of view, so it doesn't mean there's something wrong with the book, this is more like a "sorry, it's not you, it's me" but literally.
I really wanted to like it, because thrillers are my cup of tea. Anyway, thank you so much Serpent's Tail / Profile Books and NetGalley for providing me this digital copy of the book i
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who We Were is the latest thriller from Irish author B.M Carroll. I had previously come across Carroll’s contemporary books when she wrote under the name Berr Carroll. Like many authors before Carroll, a change of genre has led to a change of name. Who We Were has positive reviews on Goodreads and it is the first book I have read by Carroll. Set in the present time in New South Wales, Australia, the story is told in the third person using multiple points of view. While I usually don’t mind numer ...more
Meggy Chocolate'n'Waffles
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once in a while, a novel hits close to home. So close that your heart wraps itself around the words and keeps them warm. The chapters ignite something in you that you thought was gone. I didn’t just relate to some elements of Who We Were. I clutched the book as a survivor medal. I am grateful that B.M. Carroll found the perfect way to capture those teenage years and the scars they leave.

High school doesn’t define you. Katy was once shy, and now she is beaming, at the top of her career. Annabel h
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Who We Were is an entertaining, fast paced contemporary suspense novel from Irish born Australian author B.M.Carroll, (who pens womens fiction as Ber Carroll).

In organising their twenty year high school reunion, Katy Barclay invites her former school mates of Macquarie High to answer a few questions to create an update of their yearbook. Annabel is the first to receive a spiteful email with her questions completed by someone else, Grace is next. In both instances the mystery writer knows details
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s been 20 years since high school finished and Katy is organising a reunion, she’s excited to show everyone that she’s not the same girl she was 20 years ago, but mention of a reunion doesn’t spark happy feelings for everyone, someone is holding a grudge and will stop at nothing to get revenge....

This is book was certainly entertaining! Once I was nearing the end I couldn’t stop reading because I just wanted to know how it would all unfold. The ending took me by surprise but I didn’t necessar
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Full review can be found here OneBookishGirl

Agh! This book has all the mystery and all the feels!!
I was drawn into this story from the first chapter!
The characters are engaging, relatable, and not always likeable.
They are authentic, honest (some dishonest) characters you bond with, despite some of their pasts.

I highly recommend this book to everyone!
It is a gripping, intense read with so many twists!!
I can’t wait to see what the author brings out next!!!
Thank you to the author and Allen & Un
Anna Loder
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m so not a thriller reader, so I was scared to start reading my ARC, but this was perfect for me. It’s definitely more character based domestic noir than bloody and violent. The storyline was so interesting. 17 year olds can so self centred, obnoxious and casually cruel in ways a 37 year old with life experience and empathy would never be. The story centres around a group of people whose 20 year school reunion is coming up. It’s an interesting premise and so easily relatable. There are lots of ...more
Gayle Noble
Katy decides to organise a school reunion after twenty years and asks those attending to fill in a profile for an up to date year book. It seems fun until a number of the ex-classmates including Katy, Annabel, Grace, Zack, and Jarrod receive communications from an anonymous source detailing secrets they wouldn't want the others to know. When one of them is physically attacked, the stakes are raised as one of them is holding a deadly grudge.

I enjoyed this one quite a lot. The story is told from
John Gilbert
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was engaging and riveting throughout. Thanks Liane Moriarity for recommending this Sydney author, it's always fun to read about one's home town, even if it mostly takes place on the wrong side of the bridge. Very involving characters told at a brisk pace, very reminicent of One of Us is Lying in a whodunnit while planning a 20 year high school reunion and a yearbook upgrade. A warning that it does get nasty at times, but always entertaining and will keep you reading until the very end.
Jo Strode
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book - thought I had it all worked out but was wrong. Looking forward to reading more books by this Australian author.
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoy this book very much it was in the vain of Liane Moriarty’s work .. it wasn’t a thriller as such but the characters were well developed and everything was resolved at the end
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to Viper Books for my invite onto this blog tour/reunion. And, thank you for my gifted digital copy.

Do you remember your high school days? For the blog tour, we were asked to say a bit about Who We Were in school, and if we related to anyone in the book. I was the shy one out of our group, if you ask my friends though they would probably tell you different. But, there were definitely more outgoing and extroverted girls in my group. Despite doing all the bad things in school like smo
marnie | once upon a time book blog
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
So much has changed in the world over the years, but the one thing that still remains for some is the horror of high school and the cruelty of some teenagers. Who We Were, is the perfect example of how the actions of one person can have such an effect on someone and how it shapes their life into adulthood and their life choices.

I don’t need to rehash the plot on this one as it is best going in with just what the blurb details. I will say it does deal with bullying, mental illness and drug use wh
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aww2020, may2020
Who We Were is the second novel by B.M. Carroll, who has also published novels as Ber Carroll, and the first I have read since 2015’s Once Lost (by Ber Carroll). I saw a bit of buzz on Facebook for this one and then having read the blurb I was hooked, straight onto my local Library site to place a hold and it jumped straight to the top of the pile once I got it home.

School reunions are a time fraught with emotion for many, whether it be the nostalgia of a simpler life, the scars that remain from
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Who We Were is a light mystery, which often feels more like a contemporary. Although the characters are targeted by threatening messages, most of the book is focused on the characters' personal storylines and problems, and the stakes get higher only towards the end. I like my mysteries to be more engrossing and focused on the thriller element; however, the ending was quite good and, while I figured out the culprit eventually, I
Gillian Moore
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who We Were by B.M Carroll
Thanks @netgalley and @serpentstail for my arc
Publication date 7th May 2020
This book was fabulous, a highly addictive and fast paced read. A group of friends are about to attend a Twenty year school reunion. Old secrets and dark pasts emerge. Someone is out to torment each and every one. Creepy, dark and a really authentic read. Very likeable and relatable characters. Highly recommended xxx
Jay Dwight
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Addictive read.

Katy is organising a 20 year high school reunion. As part of the fun, she's asking for updated equivalents of their old yearbook entries from attendees. But someone is turning nasty, anonymously sending mock updates revealing secrets that attendees would not want revealed. Who is out for revenge?

A novel with a realistic feel, entertaining learning of the old schooltime insecurities, and how the characters have changed (and some not so much).

Tore through this one !
Michelle Jessen
Sep 05, 2020 rated it liked it
3/3.5 stars for this book.
I think we can all look back on our school years with mixed feelings. Cringe at the things we said & did & this book was a reminder of that. How school can be a great experience for some & a misery for others. This telling of the story resonated with me & I enjoyed that part but the ‘mystery/psychological’ component just didn’t do it for me & didn’t really ring ‘true’ for me.
An ok/good book.
Kelly Van Damme
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m still trying to stay away from NetGalley but I just had to go and request Who We Were. I just love that juxtaposition of who-we-were and who-we-are, the study of how people evolve, or not. And I must say, I found that incredibly well executed in Who We Were. The author nailed the high school clique thing, with all the clichés that became clichés because they’re true – the queen bee and her obedient best friend, the jock, the class clown, the shy girl, the mocked kid – and shows us some very ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow what a fantastic read, thank you for the opportunity for this arc

could not put it down would def recommend to others
Cristal Punnett
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and serpents tail (the publishers) for my free copy.
A fast pace read, interesting characters, Robbie's story is done sensitively.
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