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You Were Never Here

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Cat hasn’t been to Montgomery Falls, the town her family founded, since she was twelve years old. Since the summer she discovered she could do things that no normal twelve-year-old could do. Since she had her first kiss with Riley Fraser. Since she destroyed their friendship.

Now, five years later, she’s back and Riley has disappeared.

For the last three months no one has he
Published 2020 by HarperTeen
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daph pink ♡
always trust your inner intuitions and don't fell for beautiful covers!*sigh*

because when you will read the synopsis of this book and will see that beautiful cover and ponder upon that title you will experience three things :-

a) a strong urge to read this
b) again a strong urge to add this to your tbr and read it later on
c) blah wtf is this?

pick your poison!!

if you are (c) congrats you are safe, but if you are intelligent ones like me please continue at your own risk , I have warned you!

Well spe
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Peacock's Hemlock series years ago so when I saw she had written a new book, a thriller at that, I knew I had to read it.

This was everything I love in a good page turning mystery that keeps me on my toes and in a thriller that really knows how to get the heart pumping.

I could not put this one down. It was everything I was looking for and then some. I loved the setting, the characters, the mystery and of course the touch of paranormal that I always crave in a good read. It kept
Extending my deepest gratitude to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. However, this does not affect any opinions or feedback stated concerning the book whatsoever. Quotation used is subject to change upon publication.

TW: Missing person, physical violence, fatphobic comment, (view spoiler)

"I used to think that once things broke, you couldn’t put them back together, that the cracks would always be present and there was no p
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
You Were Never Here is a Young Adult suspense/mystery.

It has been years since I've read a book by this author. So when I saw that she had written a new book I was so excited.

The narrator is Mary Catherine/Cat (1st person POV). The story takes place in the fictional Canadian town of Montgomery Falls. The book mentions Montgomery Falls being near Saint John. So I'm just guessing that this town is somewhere near New Brunswick.

When the book begins Cat is on a bus from New York to Canada to see her A
Jodi Meadows
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-blurbed
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Nooo, why would you compare this to Kara Thomas?

MY TBR is long enough
Angie Jenkins
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much fun! I loved the mystery/thriller elements paired with the just a hint of fantasy aspects. I enjoyed Cat & her awareness of her own vulnerability, and her desire to be brave & fight monsters. I also loved that the story didn’t take the easy way out around the ending & leaned into the tone that had been present consistently. Definitely recommend as a fun thrilling read.
Sophie Gabrielle
4.5 stars!
The only thing I disliked about this novel was the handling of the romantic stuff. Otherwise, it was a spooky, emotional, mysterious masterpiece and I can’t understand why more people aren’t talking about it!
Jan 12, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Full review:

Overall: 1/5
Plot: 1/5
Characters: 2/5
Setting & World-building: 0/5
Emotional Investment: 0.5/5

"All things are haunted--at least to somebody"

I had so many hopes and dreams for this book. Every single one of them was crushed because this book was definitely not for me. When I tell you I am depressed because of the time I wasted on this book in the few hours of free time I had from school, you must believe me.

First things, this book is adverti
Katherine Paschal
Kat is being sent to her aunt in Canada to get her away for the summer from the disaster that is her life currently. While waiting at the bus station for her aunt to arrive, Kat finds herself looking at a missing person's poster for someone she knows- Riley, her best friend from childhood and the only person who really knew Kat. Shocked and mad nobody told her he was missing for the last six months, Kat wants answers she is not certain she should have. Against her will, she is drawn in by Riley' ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let’s hear it for books about murder and mystery and teenage investigators and slightly paranormal skills. You Were Never Here is an atmospheric mystery that hooked me right from the start. Fans of The Body Finder (and wow, do I have a lot of those fans in my library) are just going to adore You Were Never Here.

Cat hasn’t been to Montgomery Falls since she was twelve. Now her father is sending her there to stay with her aunt. Cat is dreading the summer, but it becomes a lot worse when she learns
Mara (marasfoldedpages)
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy for review!
There are so many thoughts going through my head right now, I stayed up way too late to finish this one. The last 150 or so pages really suck you in, and you have to know who did it.

The whole setup is so good, there were so many possibilities and even easter eggs right under her nose that add up and come together at the end. I really like Cat, and her being described as a self-conscience 'chubby red head' made her so unique as a prota
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The title is not relevant to the story in any way, and is vague besides, given the genre of YA mystery. It is much better fitting of a romantic drama. Sigh. This book was boring after the halfway mark. It was weird to have the protagonist, Cat, be a Nancy Drew type, but pushy and unlikeable, when the book established they had an active police department from the beginning. Annoying YA cliches include but are not limited to "crooked smile," "of course he doesn't like me." You were confident until ...more
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
There aren't many mystery books that can stump me on who the bad guy is but this story was one of those rare occasions. This story mixes mystery with a bit of supernatural, first love/crush and a chubby protagonist that appears shy but is really determined and amazing.

Getting sent to live with your aunt over the summer with no phone or laptop sounds pretty bad but so does arriving at said aunts place only to find out your childhood friend is missing and quite possibly dead.

I found myself really
Don't ever judge a book by its cover. Or it's blurb. This book's blurb and cover made me want to start reading right away, which is what I did. But the 300 something pages were almost all so boring, and made me want to sleep. The 'big reveal' wasn't even a reveal at all. The title didn't make sense, because it didn't relate to the story at all (If anyone knows what it means, please let me know)

The author unnecessarily dragged the book for too long, and the whole book is 391 pages of nothing :(
Feb 11, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here there be monsters.
We are the monsters.

Interesting little story with a little paranormal/sci-fi edge. I liked the group of friends and the horror movies they loved. I found the small town interesting. But the story did get bogged down in the details and I didn't love the triangle. But I was surprised by the end.
Amber at Fall Into Books
I read this in one sitting. Fantastic mystery/thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.
Noor The Shape-shifter
Things that don't make sense? Lack of twists? Boring main characters? Looking for all these 3? Pls read this. ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Kathleen Peacock returns to the world of YA writing wither her debut thriller, You Were Never Here! I was most excited when I saw Kathleen was writing again, and though it’s not a book about werewolves, a thriller is the next best thing! This was an exciting and eerie mystery that was near bone-chilling in its darkness. The mystery really grabbed hold of me and did
Wendy MacKnight
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
What a fabulous book! Devoured it in one sitting. This suspenseful YA mystery is so deftly woven that the reader is guessing about the outcome until the very end. Even better, the characters are fully drawn, memorable, and real. Peacock’s heroine, Kat, is a likeable, flawed, individual who feels like someone you know. Her insecurity and intelligence infuse the book with its heart. This book is wonderful!
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, own
Cat's on her way to Montgomery Falls from her home in New York to spend the summer with her aunt. She's escaping a bit of mysterious trouble with her best friend. She hasn't been back since she was 12 and is surprised to see that her friend, Riley, went missing a few months ago, and no one bothered to tell her.

This was...okay. I didn't love it. Cat's power was too vague to be interesting. It might be because I read most of this on my phone during slow times at work, so I couldn't really build u
Carina Olsen
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-i-want
This book was all kinds of thrilling and I am so glad that I read it. I mean, I knew that I would, as I have been a fan of Kathleen for years now. And this new book by her sounded amazing. Happy to say that it very much was so. Giving this four stars, as I loved pretty much all of it. A few small issues, nothing big. I adored it.

Will begin by saying that the writing was perfection. No trouble at all connecting to the characters and story. Which was the best. I adored reading about all of the cha
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
Ah, such a great book. More thoughts on it in a few days once I’ve processed it.
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
There are so many things to admire about Kathleen Peacock’s YA novel You Were Never Here, but let’s just start with the fact that it’s set in New Brunswick. I can’t tell you how much fun it was to read a book that takes place in my home province. Okay – now that that minor squee is out of the way, let’s talk about Mary Catherine Montgomery aka Cat.

Cat has been exiled from New York City, where she lives with her screenplay-writing father, to her Aunt Jet’s in small-town New Brunswick. (The town i
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, this book could go multiple ways with a rating. I read it when I was very tired but couldn't fall asleep, so might have been less critical than other times. However, I'm going to stick with my gut reaction to give it 4 stars and explain why it didn't quite make it to 5.

I originally picked up the book becuse the blurb looked promising. By the time I read the story (on my kindle) I'd forgotten the blurb and the supernatural/paranormal stuff ws never explain to a degree I found useful. This was
Living Under A Book
// Writing - 4/5 // Characters - 3.5/5 // Plot - 4.5/5 // Engagement - 5/5 // Overall - 4/5 //
Intensity Scale - 7 (scale of 1-10) //
You Were Never Here by Kathleen Peacock, is an electrifying novel that will leave you hungry for more. I LOVED this book. I have been extremely busy lately so I have been in a huge reading slump. This book definitely got me out! I was amazed by how suspenseful this book was. It had many jaw-dropping twists and turns that I would've never expected. This book is perf
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed-arcs
Find this review and more on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own .

Thank you to the publisher, Harper Collins Canada, and HCC Frenzy for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Cat Montgomery arrives in Montgomery Falls to visit her Aunt for the summer after some terrible events back home in New York, only to find out that her childhood friend, Riley Fraser, is missing. Even after three months, no one is any closer to finding him and he seems to have simply disappea
Faerie Librarian
Cat Montgomery has been banished from New York by her often preoccupied father. He took her phone, her laptop and sent her to Canada to stay with her Aunt Jet. Cat hasn't been to the ancestral home in Montgomery Falls since she was twelve years old. The irony isn't lost on Cat that what drove her away from Montgomery Falls then is what has sent her back there now. Cat has messed up yet another friendship and is reeling from the wreckage of her life.

When last she was in Montgomery Falls, Cat's b
Wow! I could not put this book down. This is one of the books you finish and begin immediately craving another just like it. Due to a terrible incident, which is not revealed to the reader until long into the read-though it is alluded to, Cat is forced to move to Montgomery Falls to live with her Aunt. Long ago, Cat's family founded the town, that has slowly deteriorated and become dependent on the local University to survive. Now, Cat's Aunt lives in their huge old family home, where she rents ...more
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a huge 5 stars for me. It followed the main character, Cat, who lives in America but would spend summers with her family in a small town in Southern New Brunswick in Canada. After years of not visiting family she travels back to NB for the summer after some mysterious events in the US. Only when she arrives in Canada she finds out that her childhood best friend has gone missing. This book follows her journey as she tries to figure out what happened to her friend.

I absolutely loved
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