Forget You Know Me

Forget You Know MeForget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser
Published by St. Martin's Press on February 5th 2019
Pages: 336
ISBN: 1250184460
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Molly and Liza have been close friends for a long time, but distance and life seemed to have gotten in the way. The two friends decide to have a video chat over wine to catch up and things are going great until Molly goes in the other room to check on her daughter. Liza, while waiting for Molly to return, notices a masked intruder walk across the room. Naturally Liza is concerned, she is more than concerned she is freaked out. Who wouldn’t be? She makes attempts to contact her friend and calls the authorities. When she finally contacts her friend the next day, she is stunned by her friend’s icy reception which ends with anger and hostility.

The opening of the book is strong and instantly grabbed my attention. Molly’s reaction to Liza being concerned had me scratching my head. Just what the heck is going on? When Liza returns home, she gets another shock. Then there is Daniel, Molly’s husband who was away on a business trip and is concerned when his wife fails to mention an intruder being in their home. Ummm… that is huge, why not mention it? Sure, their relationship has been strained and over the years, they too have had some distance come into their relationship as hurt, resentment and lack of communication crept into their lives.

It is obvious that there is more going on than meets the eye. The opening scenes along with the book description may make this book look like a thriller but it is really a look at relationships and how relationships can become distant, lonely and lose their luster. It shows how lack of validation in a relationship can damage it. How people want to be acknowledged, heard and respected. It also shows the effects of secrets and how one act of bad judgement, once committed begins to snowball until one is making one poor decision after another. It’s a look at what happens when you get in over your head and you don’t ask for help.

Relationships. Love. Distance. Secrets. Resentment. Guilt. Intruder.

After the intense beginning, this book slows down and has a slower pace as it explores the relationships of the main characters. Strawser is a gifted writer but even with her great writing, this one just didn’t blow me away. Having said that, I did enjoy this book -especially how the Author showed how sometimes life gets in the way and individuals need to make time for their relationships. Friendship is important. Making time for those in our lives is important. Communication is important. I enjoyed Liza but found that I never warmed to Molly or Daniel as I would have liked. I really enjoyed Strawser’s other book “Not that I could tell” and had high hopes for this one. For me this was just a little too slow. I would advise everyone to keep in mind that this book is about friendships, marriage, relationships, choices, secrets and lies. It’s a slow burn which is satisfying but if you are looking for a lot of action, you may be disappointed. This was a solid 3 star read for me. .

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.


Not That I Could Tell

Not That I Could TellNot That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser
Published by St. Martin's Press on March 27th 2018
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1250107881
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4.5 stars

A group of neighborhood women gather to drink wine and talk. What could go wrong? Their baby monitors can be heard, and they aren’t driving. Why not kick back and have a couple of drinks? Of course, with drinking, comes loose lips and several wakes up the next day wishing she would not have shared what she did raining from being in love with her sister’s husband to not liking the size of her breasts. The ladies wake up fuzzy and hungover the next morning and while attempting to nurse their hangovers learn that one, Kristen of them is missing along with her twins. What happened? Everything was great the night before, where could she be? Did she leave of her own free will or was their foul play involved? Was money an issue? Why has her ex-husband moved back into their home when he previously moved out and has his own apartment?

Kristen, the missing mother, always appeared to have been on top of everything. She never forgot the names of the other Mothers at the pre-school, she worked, was married to a doctor and she was always so polished and put together. Even while going through a divorce form her husband, Paul, she appears unfazed and composed. Kristen’s disappearance has sparked many questions in the community and as the police investigate, they don’t seem to find any answers.

Clara, lives next door and Kristen’s disappearance has stirred up memories and thoughts from the past when she lost someone. Izzy, another neighbor, confessed being in love with her sister’s husband during the women’s night of drinking. He was her best friend and she always dreamed that they would end up together but then he fell in love with her younger sister. Now that they are married and having a baby, Izzy is a mess and distancing herself from her family while getting closer to a “person of interest”.

As this case goes from an active investigation to a cold case, the women are left to deal with their frustrations, family issues, and outlook on life. I’ve been reading a lot of books lately that ask the question “how well do you know those in your lives?” This question serves as an interesting premise and story set up. Everyone has secrets. Everyone has things that they do not want others to know, which is probably why we all love learning about other’s secrets.

This book grabbed my attention from page one. I thought it was well thought out, perfectly paced and intriguing. This book may never be considered the best book ever written, but it sure is enjoyable and provides the reader a chance to escape their lives and delve into the lives of others. This book is billed as being “women’s fiction” but seriously, this really is a book for everyone. It touches on themes such as domestic violence, love, friendship, secrets and lies. Hard to put down, thoughtful and compelling. This book does not disappoint.

Thank you to St. Martin’s press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Almost Missed You

Almost Missed YouAlmost Missed You by Jessica Strawser
Published by St. Martin's Press on March 28th 2017
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1250107601
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While on vacation, Violet is enjoying a quiet moment on the beach while her husband takes their son up to the room for a nap. When Violet goes to meet them in the room, she sees that her husband, Finn, is gone along with their young son, Bear. Where could they be? Why did Finn take off with Bear? Weren’t they happy? Their life was perfect, wasn’t it?

Finn shows up on his friend Caitlin’s doorstep with Bear. He demands that she help him. The FBI is searching for him so he blackmails her into helping him hide. Does Caitlin help him? Does she risk a secret coming out in order to do the right thing?

The premise of this book was very interesting. A man kidnaps his son and leaves his wife with questions. Hunted by the FBI, he hides out. What really did not work for me where his reasons for leaving. I didn’t buy the whole story. So this guy can run and commits a federal offense by kidnapping his son because he couldn’t be honest with his wife. Why couldn’t this guy grow some balls already. I thought his reason for running was lame.

I did not find this book to be suspenseful. The secrets came out but by the end of the book, I just thought meh. I wanted to take Finn and shake him. I wanted to ask Violet how the hell do you speak to someone who took your child and put your through hell for a “secret” Good GAWD.

This was barely a 3 for me. I see a lot of people loved this book…not me.