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.