Who We Were by B.M. Carroll. (2020).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
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 and a terrible event that binds everyone begins to resurface. Everyone in their own way is guilty and someone is out for revenge…
I was in the mood for a fast-paced suspense thriller type novel and this one definitely hit the spot for me. I think this kind of story demonstrates just how long a lot of us are affected by events that occurred at high school, particularly any kind of negative experiences. I can’t say I got overly attached to any character in particular as we do switch between perspectives frequently but I probably found Katy the most relatable, and had a lot of empathy for Robbie. I found Zach quite interesting as he clearly had the most growth from high school. One character who wasn’t mentioned at all in the synopsis was Grace who ended up being one of the best characters to follow in my opinion. There are quite a few clever red herrings in relation to the culprit behind the nasty notes and readers will have trouble guessing who exactly is behind everything. Events escalate fast and I was definitely not expecting certain events to occur (no spoilers, read it yourselves haha).
I would happily recommend this gripping novel.