Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review on the blog tour for Who We Were by B.M. Carroll. This was released on the 7th of May published by Viper Books.
Who We Were by B.M. Carroll
Release Date: 7th of March
Print Length: 416 pages
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A KILLER TWENTY-YEAR REUNION...
AND YOU’RE INVITED…
Twenty years after they went their separate ways, friends and enemies are coming together for their school reunion. Katy, who is desperate to show that she’s no longer the shy wallflower. Annabel, who ruled the school until a spectacular fall from grace. Zach, popular and cruel, but who says he’s a changed man. And Robbie, always the victim, who never stood a chance.
As the reunion nears, a terrible event that binds the group together will resurface. Because someone is still holding a grudge and will stop at nothing to reveal their darkest secrets…
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 which may be a trigger for some readers. Ber does a great job of handling these issues sensitively.
Told from the point of view of seven characters, I was worried that it would be too many to keep track of and be overwhelming, but my fears were quickly put at ease and Ber does a great job at making sure this doesn’t happen. At no time did I have to go back to see who was who again which was a big plus.
The characters are well developed and are diverse, which gives the story a good balance. Although I did not connect with all of them, they have been very well written and are believable in the roles they have been given to play.
Who We Were was a great introduction to Ber’s work for me and she is definitely now on my radar for future books. I thoroughly enjoyed her style and was immediately taken under her spell and caught up in the web of drama that Who We Were has to offer. I also liked how I was kept second-guessing each of the characters and their motives all the way until the finale, which was a surprise for me.
Who We Were is a fast-paced read that will keep you on your toes and enthralled throughout. It is addictive, highly enjoyable and is the perfect example as to why I have avoided my own school reunions over the years. It was a pleasure to read and review Who We Were which I recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley, Viper Books and B.M. Carroll for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Who We Were which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know B.M. (Ber) Carroll
Ber Carroll (also known as B.M Carroll) was born in Blarney, a small but famous village in Ireland. The middle child of six, she often retreated from the chaos of family life by immersing herself in books. She has fond memories of the mobile library bus that used to pull up outside their house in Blarney and the dozen or so books she would borrow at a time, some quite inappropriate for her age.
Ber moved to Sydney in 1995 with her boyfriend (now husband) Rob. She got a job as a finance manager in the IT industry and began to climb the corporate ladder. The exciting and dynamic work environment captured her imagination and inspired her first novel. When Executive Affair was published, Ber flatly denied it was in any way auto-biographical. She now admits that the novel did have a lot of her in it, and suspects that half the people who purchased the book were her ex colleagues, to see if they were in it too. Ber gave up her finance career when she realised that she couldn’t hold down a demanding job, be mum to two small children and write books to contractual deadline. She now writes fulltime, but says that she misses getting dressed up for work and being around people who listen to what she has to say, unlike her kids!
Ber is the author of nine novels, including Just Business, High Potential, The Better Woman, Less Than Perfect, Worlds Apart and Once Lost. Her most recent novels The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy and Who We Were (coming May 2020) are published under B.M. Carroll.
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