Review: Who We Were by B.M. Carroll

Title: Who We Were

Author: B.M. Carroll

Published: April 28th 2020, Viper

Status: Read May 2020 courtesy Allen & Unwin


My Thoughts:

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 about their lives that no stranger should. Katy initially dismisses it as a thoughtless prank but soon more of her classmates, notably members of a particular clique, are targeted.

Who We Were unfolds from multiple viewpoints giving each character the opportunity to share their current lives, and their perspectives on their shared past. Katy, as the reunion organiser, acts as the story’s anchor. Along with Annabel (and by extension her husband Jarrod) and Grace, whom have remained friends over the years, we also meet Melissa, Luke, Zach and Robbie. I found the characters recognisable, and even relatable, both as teenagers, (as it happens my highschool ‘Queen Bee’ was also named Annabel), and as adults (like Grace I’m a SAHM of four).

Most of the group harbour regrets from their high school days (I think there are few of us who don’t), and any one of them could have reason to be holding a grudge. Carroll carefully lays misdirects and red herrings as the threats escalate, which left me guessing as to the identity of the guilty party for most of the novel.

With a dramatic conclusion, a well crafted plot and interesting characters, I really enjoyed Who We Were, and I’m happy to recommend it.


Available from Allen & Unwin RRP AUD$29.99

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    May 21, 2020 @ 21:17:51

    Oh hello — I am loving this. I love reunions because of the potential reuniting after so much time brings, but also I’ve never been to one, so I am curious about them in a general sense. Great review!

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  2. Beth F
    May 22, 2020 @ 23:58:37

    I like books told from different viewpoints. I went to two high school reunions .. that was enough. LOL

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Lindsi
    May 23, 2020 @ 12:25:54

    I feel like I’ve seen a lot of books with lollipops on their covers this year! Baby Teeth comes to mind! My high school didn’t have a 10-year reunion, but I love reading about them and seeing how people have changed over the years. I’ll definitely keep this one in mind!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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  4. fuonlyknew
    May 23, 2020 @ 17:03:37

    This does sound entertaining. I’ve been to some reunions and they can be awkward but fun.



  5. samantha1020
    May 24, 2020 @ 04:21:23

    I’m intrigued by the sound of this one! I like that it kept you guessing and was focused on things that happened back in high school. I’m going to add this one to my TBR list!

    Liked by 1 person


  6. the bookworm
    May 24, 2020 @ 23:32:22

    I like the sound of Who We Were. I’ve never been to my high school reunion.

    Liked by 1 person


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  8. stacybuckeye
    May 25, 2020 @ 01:20:08

    This looks great! Adding it to my wish list!

    Liked by 1 person


  9. Helen Murdoch
    May 25, 2020 @ 09:56:09

    Oh, I like the idea of a high school reunion gone wrong! This sounds good.

    Liked by 1 person


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