Title: Forget You Know Me
Author: Jessica Strawser
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Page Count: 332
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
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.
Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser is more of a domestic drama than a thriller of a story as much as the idea behind the story sounded thrilling. Told from different points of view the story became more about friendships, relationships and the characters lives.
Molly and Liza have always been the best of friends and even used to laugh and claim that others weren’t true friends if they could let anything come between them. But with Molly getting married and Liza moving to another city the two have been growing apart.
Molly’s husband, Daniel, needs to go away on business so Molly thinks it would be the perfect time to connect over Skype with Liza. As every parent knows though the best plans can always be interrupted by a child so as Molly walks away to tend to her children Liza is left waiting. Before Molly makes it back to the computer though Liza sees a masked intruder and calls the police but when nothing is found Molly seems almost angry with Liza.
Forget You Know Me is actually the third book I’ve read by Jessica Strawser and having loved the first two I had high hopes for this one. I did find the same writing style that pulled me right into the book but after a while this one just seemed to begin to drag along. It’s not a bad story really but I was expecting the drama angle to it instead of an intense thriller. While this one wasn’t as good as the first two in my opinion I will definitely be back to try another from the author in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
JESSICA STRAWSER is the editorial director of Writer’s Digest magazine and the author of Almost Missed You and Not That I Could Tell. She has written for The New York Times Modern Love, Publishers Weekly and other fine venues, and lives with her husband and two children in Cincinnati.