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Review: Before We Were Innocent

Bess, Joni, and Eva are high school best friends. They hang out together, go on dates together, and graduate together. When they spend the  summer after high school in Greece together they have no idea that tragedy is going to touch their lives … or the long-term effects on their lives.

Wow, this was such a powerful story. It brought back memories of hot summer days with high school friends and all the anxiety and insecurities that come along with those days. But the story quickly turns darker after the girls have an accident in Greece. This accident will follow them into adulthood. The twists and turns in this story kept me reading late into the night! The writing is superb and it flows so well. Just when I’d think I had a handle on what was going on, there would be another twist I hadn’t seen coming.


A summer in Greece for three best friends ends in the unthinkable when only two return home in this new novel from Ella Berman. . . .

Ten years ago, after a sun-soaked summer spent in Greece, best friends Bess and Joni were cleared of having any involvement in their friend Evangeline’s death. But that didn’t stop the media from ripping apart their teenage lives like vultures.

While the girls were never convicted, Joni, ever the opportunist, capitalized on her newfound infamy to become a motivational speaker. Bess, on the other hand, resolved to make her life as small and controlled as possible so she wouldn’t risk losing everything all over again. And it almost worked. . . .

Except now Joni is tangled up in a crime eerily similar to that one fateful night in Greece. And when she asks Bess to come back to LA to support her, Bess has a decision to make.

Is it finally time to face up to what happened that night, exposing herself as the young woman she once was and maybe still is? And what happens if she doesn’t like what she finds?

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