When We Were Young

A totally addictive psychological thriller with a shocking twist

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Pub Date 14 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 14 Sep 2022
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Four best friends. One of them is dead. Are their secrets safe?

Uni friends Stacey, Paula, Bev and Valentina used to be inseparable until one weekend before graduation when nothing was ever the same again.

Thirty years later, reunited at Valentina's funeral, Stacey receives a letter written by her late friend asking for one last wish... that the three friends go back to where things fell apart and finally bury the hatchet.

As they revisit their old haunts of their uni days and follow a series of clues left by Valentina, their friend's death begins to look suspicious and it is up to them to find out what happened – but they all have secrets to hide.

They say good friends are hard to come by, but when there is so much at stake and someone is lurking in the shadows, how do you know who is a friend and who is a foe?

Perfect for fans of Louise Jensen, Katerina Diamond and Kate Hewitt.

Readers love When We Were Young!
'Huge praise for Dawn Goodwin she just knows how to write about real people... A fabulous read... A very large 5 stars' NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Awesome' NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Enjoyable read, totally recommend' Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Well drawn cast of characters, an intriguing premise and an immersive storyline this has a solid mystery at its heart' NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Gripping read that I couldn't put down and didn't want it to end' NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Fantastic read... I could not put it down' NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐
'Hit my sweet spot' Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Four best friends. One of them is dead. Are their secrets safe?

Uni friends Stacey, Paula, Bev and Valentina used to be inseparable until one weekend before graduation when nothing was ever the same...


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Huge praise for Dawn Goodwin she just knows how to write about real people.
I love how she spends time on each character the reader can form an opinion on them.
The story goes between the now and then and gradually we find out what happened to this group and how there lives have formed.
A fabulous read bit sad when i had finished it.
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher.
A very large 5 stars.

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Awesome.
Uni friends Stacey, Paula, Bev and Valentina used to be inseparable until one weekend before graduation when nothing was ever the same again. Thirty years later, reunited at Valentina's funeral, Stacey receives a letter written by her late friend asking for one last wish... that the three friends go back to where things fell apart and finally bury the hatchet. As they revisit their old haunts of their uni days and follow a series of clues left by Valentina, their friend's death begins to look suspicious and it is up to them to find out what happened – but they all have secrets to hide.
Thanks to NetGalley and Head Of Zeus for giving me an advance copy.

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Really well written with a dual timeline and well developed characters that were likeable and relatable. It was a gripping read that I couoldn't put down and didn't want it to end

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Uni friends Stacey, Paula, Bev and Valentina used to be inseparable until one weekend before graduation when nothing was ever the same again.
Thirty years later, reunited at Valentina's funeral, Stacey receives a letter written by her late friend asking for one last wish that the three friends go back to where things fell apart and finally bury the hatchet.
As they revisit their old haunts of their uni days and follow a series of clues left by Valentina, their friend's death begins to look suspicious and it is up to them to find out what happened but they all have secrets to hide.
Really enjoyable read totally recommend
Thank You NetGalley and Head Of Zeus
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Intriguing Premise…
With multiple perspectives and dual timelines the reader is introduced to four university friends - once inseparable. Thirty years on from when they first met three of them are attending the funeral of the fourth. Valentina has died but what was her final wish and how are the three going to deal with it? Moreover, how did she die and what secrets may be uncovered along the way? With a well drawn cast of characters, an intriguing premise and an immersive storyline this has a solid mystery at its heart.

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what a fantastic read, thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book. I could not put it down.

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This novel hit my sweet spot. Valentina, Bev, Stacey and Paula were fast friends at university until the events of one fateful weekend. Thirty years later they reunite at Valentina’s funeral where Stacey receives a letter from Valentina asking the women to retrace their university haunts and mend their friendship. The story alternates between the past and the present and both timelines held a mystery that kept me interested. In the past, I wanted to find out what had driven these women apart. In the present, we start to wonder if Valentine was killed and if any of her friends are also in danger. I would categorize this as a combination of contemporary women’s fiction and suspense.

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This is a very good thriller with a fabulous twist at the end. It’s intriguing and unique with characters that are well developed.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend to anyone who likes this genre.

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intriguing and gripping. I liked the multiple POVS, the twists and the solution that surprised me.
The plot and the storytelling are quite good and the characters fleshed out.
Recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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I loved this book! Dawn Goodwin has a great eye for the intricacies of old friendships, and the plot is extremely gripping too. I hadn't heard of the author before but will be looking out for more of her work after this, as well as recommending this book to all - I loved the way the characters were portrayed and I struggled to put it down!

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Fabulous book! This author manages to infuse a thoroughly evocative atmosphere into a page-turner plot

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What a story line..a fantastic read of 3 friends who are studying and sharing a flat. They need another person to share the costs and there is Val. The seemingly.perfect answer but not is all.what it seems. Val is lonely and jealous of the friendship. She will do anything to gain ther friendship and be part of the family. And she does everything to protect them. In the end they believe they all murdered a young lad.
30 years later and Val I being buried and the 3 friends are asked to come. They do and are drown back to the past, pushed by momentum left for them. They are eager to find out what happened the last night of college. So they go for the weekend to try to find out...helped by clues coming from.beyond the grave.


What a twist and soo unexpected.. Highly recommended. Pity of spelling mistakes at time but didn't take away from the story.

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I really enjoyed this book, and the good twist at the end. That said, I didn't find any of the characters particularly likeable and found it hard to relate to any of them - but it was a good enough plot that I kept reading anyways.

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