- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: St Martin's Press (5 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250184460
- ISBN-13: 978-1250184467
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.9 x 24.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 508 g
- Customer Reviews: 29 customer ratings
Forget You Know Me: A Novel Hardcover – 5 February 2019
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Praise for Forget You Know Me:
"Gorgeously written, suspenseful and full of characters who feel like old friends. I loved this book and didn't want it to end." -- Michele Campbell, author of It's Always the Husband and She Was the Quiet One on Forget You Know Me
"It's been a long time since I've been so lost in a book that when I looked up I had to remind myself what day it was. I'm delighted to say that this happened several times as I read this book. From the very first page of Forget You Know Me I was putty in Strawser's hands. From her portrayal of the changing nature of adult friendship to the seemingly harmless secrets we keep in marriage, Forget You Know Me is that book you can't put down, and can't stop thinking about when you are finished." --Sally Hepworth, USA Today bestselling author of The Family Next Door
"A fantastic, tautly-paced novel that will have you racing to unravel its many questions and half-truths." --Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of Girls' Night Out
"Friendships crack, marriages erode, and dangerous deceits rise to the surface in this twisty, emotionally complex, powder keg of a tale." --Emily Carpenter, bestselling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls and Every Single Secret
"Sinister, sophisticated, and teeming with secrets...completely irresistible." --Hank Phillippi Ryan, bestselling author of Trust Me
"A taut and immensely satisfying novel of domestic suspense. Come for the sinister premise, stay for the insightful portrayals of a friendship crumbling apart, a marriage strained to its breaking point, and at least one character who finds themself suddenly--and dangerously--in over their head." --Kathleen Barber, bestselling author of Are You Sleeping
"Masterful." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Strawser is a clear master of the craft." - Booklist
"[A] great hybrid of women's fiction and suspense...strong character development and unpredictable plot." - Library Journal
Praise for Jessica Strawser:
"[An] engrossing, taut tale." --Publisher's Weekly on Not That I Could Tell
"Full of slow-burning intrigue, Strawser's second novel will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies and Jennifer Kitses' Small Hours." --Booklist on Not That I Could Tell
"Not That I Could Tell is a psychological thriller of the highest order, as well written as it is structured. That means the magazine Strawser once edited might well be covering her from the other side, and deservedly so."--Providence Journal
"The characters are unique, engaging, and relatable and the ending is both surprising and poignant. Fans of Liane Moriarty will adore Jessica Strawser; she's a huge talent!" --Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Blackbird Season on Not That I Could Tell
"Fans of smart women's fiction mixed with a fast-paced plot should not miss this startling first novel." --Library Journal on Almost Missed You
"Almost Missed You is a skillful, insightful debut: a deft exploration of the mysteries of marriage, the price we pay for our secrets, and just how easy it is to make the worst choices imaginable." -- Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of The Sandcastle Girls and Midwives
"An emotional powerhouse of a novel...Strawser's tale of guilt, blame, redemption, and forgiveness is a must read for anyone who enjoys a well-told, compelling exploration of the human heart." --Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of A Sudden Light and The Art of Racing in the Rain on Almost Missed You
"Almost Missed You is the sensational debut novel by the gifted Jessica Strawser who has expertly woven a tale of a marriage in crisis with elements of daring, danger, mystery and secrets that will surprise and delight you. This is a rich read which will keep you turning pages long into the night. Glorious!" -- Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars in the Heavens
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Synopsis from the novel’s inside cover: “When a video call between friends captures a shocking incident no one was supposed to see, the secrets and lies it exposes threatens to change their lives forever.”
Not one character in this book is remotely likable. The narrative is boring. The book needs an editor. I often struggled to locate the ends of run-on sentences, strung together with comma after comma. The dialogue is so forced that the author uses italics to tell me where to place the emphasis.
Did this book keep me up very late into the night? Even though I needed to get up early in the morning? √√
Did this book make me care about the characters.√
Anyway, you get the idea. This was a fantastic read. I had a very hard time putting it down to do anything else. The characters were well formed and I really felt for them. It kept me guessing, which is always a good thing. I read this authors other two books and they were really great reads too. Yes, the story was a little fantastical but I didn't care. I loved it anyway. I absolutely recommend this book. Actually, I highly recommend reading anything by this author. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I do want to add that Ms. Strawser has the ability to peel away the facades of her characters to find the good and bad underneath. And she also is adept at showing how little lies can have disastrous results. These two aspects of her storytelling remind me of Liane Moriarty. And even though this cast of characters was not my cup of tea, I will definitely read Ms. Strawser's next novel.
Molly is a mother and a wife. She's also someone who has been dealing with chronic pain for a long time. This has affected her relationship with her husband and her son. She's a good friend to her neighbor and his child but has grown apart from her husband. She can't remember when was the last time they enjoyed a nice day together. She has also has grown apart from her best friend Liza.
Liza used to live in Cincinnati and be there for Molly but when she moved to Chicago, everything changed. Liza found a new best friend but she doesn't want to end her friendship with Molly, so she plans a Skype call with her, their version of a virtual lady's night. When Molly is called by her son and leaves the room, Liza is a witness to a nightmare. A masked man is in the house with Molly and her son. Liza calls the police, tries to contact Molly but when her answer is a simple text, she can't sleep and decides to drive back to Cincinnati to find out if Molly is ok. The reception she receives when she arrives at Molly's house is not what she was expecting.
Due to unexpected events, Liza finds herself leaving Chicago and moves in with her brother and his wife. They are dealing with their own problems and Liza wants to help them any way she can. She starts a new job in Cincinnati where she meets Henry, a pilot whom she starts a relationship with. Lastly, now that she is back in the city, she can patch her friendship with Molly if it is still salvageable.
Forget You Know Me is a woman's fiction novel. It deals with friendship, the relationship between mother and child, chronic pain and marriage. I enjoyed it but I didn't love it as much as I have her other two novels. I liked both female characters. Herny was lovable but Daniel was tougher to like.
There were entirely too many words to tell a story that was anything but suspenseful. I finished it because I expected a climax of some sort, bringing everything to a satisfying culmination. Instead, this was a total dud.
Not worth putting on my bookshelf. If you’d like my copy, let me know. I’ll send it to you.
Is a must-read author for me, and this book proves why! Well done!
NOTE: Before I posted this review, I noticed some 1 star ratings and some hurtful comments. The author is a skillful writer and deserves much more than hurtful comments and 1 star ratings.