Before We Were Innocent - Ella Berman

Before We Were Innocent

By Ella Berman

  • Release Date: 2023-04-04
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 323 Ratings)


Reese’s Book Club Pick December 2023

A summer in Greece for three best friends ends in the unthinkable when only two return home. . . .

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 needs a favor, and when she turns up at her old friend's doorstep asking for an alibi, Bess has no choice but to say yes. She still owes her. But as the two friends try desperately to shake off their past, they have to face reality.

Can you ever be an innocent woman when everyone wants you to be guilty?


  • Before We Were Innocent

    By ECC4812
    Boring. I didn’t care about a single character. Nothing redeeming about this book.
  • Started strong, got lost and ended blah

    By etmoe
    Loved the beginning and the back and forth between timelines… the ending was one of the most disappointing I’ve had in years (like doesn’t even make sense) Almost need to rewrite it in my head for some closure! Otherwise enjoyable
  • Hmm

    By Erika kull
    Honestly the ending shook me
  • Incomplete book

    By Trae5050
    Incomplete book! Stopped on page 235!