October 14, 2021

#BookReview: You Were Never Here by Kathleen Peacock

Synopsis: 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 heard from or seen Riley. And while there are all sorts of conspiracy theories about where he went, neither the police nor his parents are any closer to finding him. When Noah, Riley’s brother, asks for help in discovering what happened, Cat is torn between wanting to learn the truth and protecting the secret that she’s been guarding ever since that summer she and Riley stopped speaking.

But then a girl is discovered floating in the river, barely alive with no knowledge of who attacked her or why. With the possibility that someone out there is hunting teens, Cat must make a choice: Use her unusual ability to discover the truth and find Riley or keep running away from a power she can’t control. Only one choice will put her in a killer’s sights…


Rating: 1 Star
My Review:  I was so excited for this one because I loved Peacock's other series.  Sadly this one fell far from what I was hoping for.  The plot was predictable, no real plot to begin with, and was seriously boring!  

From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-For the first time in five years, 17-year-old Cat Montgomery is returning to the small, sleepy Canadian town her family founded. Five years since the day she kissed her best friend Riley and events spiraled out of control. Now she's forced to spend the summer in her ancestral home next door to Riley's family. But Riley has been missing for three months, and his older brother Noah thinks he's been murdered. Noah enlists Cat's help discovering who is behind Riley's disappearance because he knows her big secret-she sees visions when she touches a person. Cat is reluctant to help, but when she and her friends stumble upon an unconscious girl in the water, she knows she has no choice. Cat's insecurities threaten to sideline her investigation and her new friendships. She struggles to find worth in her visions and herself, often referring to herself as "the chubby friend" and finding herself on the sidelines. A number of questions are left lingering through the story that help build the suspense. What happened that day with Riley? Why was Cat forced to leave her new home in New York and spend the summer in Canada? By the time they are answered it is a bit of a letdown, but not enough to detract from the book as a whole. This novel is more than a murder mystery. It's about self-empowerment, acceptance, and the strength to be found in female friendships. VERDICT This is a first-purchase mystery full of red herrings, ominous settings, and characters who will touch your heart.-Cathy DeCampli, Haddonfield P.L., NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"A page-turner of a thriller with a smart, compelling heroine." -- Kirkus Reviews

"This novel is more than a murder mystery. It's about self-empowerment, acceptance, and the strength to be found in female friendships." -- School Library Journal

[A] crafty, well-paced thriller. The novel’s finale is appropriately fiendish—and also unexpectedly uplifting.”  -- Publishers Weekly

“Edge-of-your-seat material.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Magic on the page. A taut, dynamic plot...engrossing and smart.” -- Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author

Dangerous, tense, and a touch magical, Kathleen Peacock does not disappoint with her newest novel, YOU WERE NEVER HERE. It kept me turning pages late into the night, desperately trying to unravel the mysteries in Montgomery Falls.” -- Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling author of My Plain Jane and Fallen Isles

A tense, creepy thriller with an engrossing Twin Peaks-ian atmosphere that sucked me in from the first page and kept me hanging on every word.  I couldn't put it down!” -- Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten#murdertrending, and Get Even

Deftly plotted and beautifully written, with a main character you’ll fall in love with, this is a must-read for mystery fans of all ages.” -- Tom Ryan, author of Keep This to Yourself

About the Author

Kathleen Peacock spent most of her teen years writing short stories—all of which contained much angst and none of which survived high school. After working as a graphic designer, unofficial technical writer, and publicist, she returned to school to pursue an undergraduate degree. She lives in New Brunswick, Canada—just a few hours from the border with Maine—and is the author of You Were Never Here and the Hemlock series. You can visit her at www.kathleenpeacock.com.

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