Review: Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser

Let’s talk about secrets. The kind of secrets that can bend and twist and turn a teeny, tiny veiled thing into a full blown nuclear bomb. Jessica Strawser has again, intricately built a twisty, complex labyrinth of emotions, pain, fear, guilt and secrets and then dropped the bomb on us once again. She makes it look so easy: to make lives look so very complicated, so real-life – and so insightful. And it explodes all over you in a mess of pieces you feverishly try to put together but cannot for the life of you figure what the heck is going on!

It starts with a simple catch-up video chat between friends while Molly’s husband is out of town. Molly and Liza used to be so close, but life and distance has built a wedge, and the much needed girls-night gossip session is just starting to warm up when Molly needs to step away to answer her daughters wails from the bedroom. As Liza waits – staring at a static screen of Molly’s house – she see something – or rather, someone. There’s a masked intruder in Molly’s house.

And what follows is so utterly confusing.

Why won’t Molly acknowledge what Liza saw.

Why is she so mad that Liza is so incredibly concerned?

And why won’t she tell her husband?

Cue the secrets and the emotional complexities of friendships and married life. The stresses of work, the worries over money. The struggles with pain.

These are ALL things that normal everyday people deal with in real life. You, me, Joe down the street… the way that Strawser makes you feel every single struggle, sense worry over choices made, and harbor guilt that is not your own, is a true gift in her storytelling. I savored every minute inhaling the suspense, and didn’t put it down, until I had acknowledged every, single word.

Thanks to @netgalley @stmartinspress and @jessicastrawser (Happy Pub!) for the opportunity to read this!

I hope you’ll grab this one! It’s out NOW!

Get it here at Amazon —> Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser

 

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (February 5, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250184460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250184467

 

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From Amazon:

The next “masterful” (Publishers Weekly) novel from “the gifted Jessica Strawser” (Adriana Trigiani), hailed as “immensely satisfying” (Kathleen Barber) and “that book you can’t put down” (Sally Hepworth). A video call between friends captures a shocking incident no one was supposed to see.

The secrets it exposes threaten to change their lives forever.

Molly and Liza have always been enviably close. Even after Molly married Daniel, the couple considered Liza an honorary family member. But after Liza moved away, things grew more strained than anyone wanted to admit—in the friendship and the marriage.

When Daniel goes away on business, Molly and Liza plan to reconnect with a nice long video chat after the kids are in bed. But then Molly leaves the room to check on a crying child.

What Liza sees next will change everything.

Only one thing is certain: Molly needs her. Liza drives all night to be at Molly’s side—but when she arrives, the reception is icy, leaving Liza baffled and hurt. She knows there’s no denying what she saw.

Or is there?

In disbelief that their friendship could really be over, Liza is unaware she’s about to have a near miss of her own.

And Molly, refusing to deal with what’s happened, won’t turn to Daniel, either.

But none of them can go on pretending. Not after this.

Forget You Know Me is a “twisty, emotionally complex, powder keg of a tale” (bestselling author Emily Carpenter) about the wounds of people who’ve grown apart. Best friends, separated by miles. Spouses, hardened by neglect. A mother, isolated by pain.

One moment will change things for them all.

 


 

About Jessica

Jessica Strawser is Editor-at-Large for Writer’s Digest magazine, where she served as editorial director for nearly a decade. Her debut novel, ALMOST MISSED YOU (St. Martin’s Press, 2017), was a Barnes & Noble Best New Fiction Selection, She Reads Book Club Selection, and PopSugar Best Spring Read. Her second novel of domestic suspense, NOT THAT I COULD TELL (St. Martin’s Press, 2018), was a top Book of the Month selection and is now new in a special Reading Group Gold paperback edition. Her latest, FORGET YOU KNOW ME, released from St. Martin’s Press in February 2019 to raves, including a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly calling it “masterful.”

Her diverse career in the publishing industry spans nearly 20 years and includes stints in book editing, marketing and public relations, and freelance writing and editing. A Pittsburgh native and “Outstanding Senior” graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, she counts her New York Times Modern Love essay and her Writer’s Digest cover interviews with such luminaries as Alice Walker, Anne Tyler and David Sedaris among her career highlights. She lives with her husband and two children in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is currently 2019 Writer-in-Residence for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

She tweets @jessicastrawser, enjoys connecting at Facebook.com/jessicastrawserauthor, and is a popular speaker at writing conferences and events that are kind enough to invite her. Visit jessicastrawser.com to learn more.


 

Thanks for reading! Have you guys picked this one up? Have you read any other of Jessica’s books? I looooved Not That I Could Tell and I just picked up Almost Missed You and am really excited to read it soon!

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