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    Couldn't put it down!

    Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser is not the first book of hers I have read, and it most definitely won’t be the last. She has a knack for keeping you off balance the entire book, for surprising you over and over again. And for providing an ending that you’ll never see coming, no matter how clever you think you are. Forget You Know Me starts out on very familiar ground. Two old friends, Liza and Molly, were once very close but have grown apart over the years. Just one of those things that happens. Molly is married with a husband and children. Liza is single and has moved away. So their planned video chat while Molly’s husband Daniel is away on business and her children are in bed is something Liza is really looking forward to. Until she sees something that terrifies her. And then baffles her, making her angry and suspicious and more terrified than ever. The story is full of rich characters. They are all over the place with their decisions and behavior. It seems whatever bad choices they can make, especially Molly, they keep making. One bad choice, and then a worse choice. What is going on? These people have so many flaws and issues and secrets. Layer after layer is uncovered, and you never expect what lies underneath, nor know who can be trusted. I don’t know how author Jessica Strawser she does it – the characters have so much going on, so much happening behind the scenes, and the plot is intricate, with surprise twists and the focus and mistrust constantly shifting. But everything makes sense and the pace is perfect. The story just flows along. You are drawn in chapter after chapter until you can’t put it down and end up finishing it in a day like I do with all of her books. This is a book – and author- I thoroughly enjoy and highly recommend.
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    Not for Me

    Had to skim a lot of this book to get through it. Characters were not likable and the story had no redeeming elements. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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    Well told story of 2 BFFs.

    A story of friendship and honesty. We follow Liza's life in chapters that alternate with Molly's life. The ups & downs, the good days and bad days, all lending input to coming to terms with the past, the present while looking forward to a better future. Single in Chicago, Lisa's attempt to reconnect with her BFF in Cincinnati, Molly, requires a Skype call. When Liza witnesses a masked man entering Molly's house while Molly is upstairs looking after her daughter, Liza phones the police. When Liza doesn't hear back from Molly she calls her Chicago BFF, Max, and they race off by car overnight only to have Molly close the door in Liza's face. Molly is a chronic pain sufferer chasing any and all promised treatments to regain a pain-free life. Financially in trouble she hasn't told her accountant husband, Daniel, about the mess she is in. The story got a bit bogged down in Molly's mess but it made Molly all it all that more a believable character. Liza's determination to cope with the terror from her situation had me cheering Henry to not give up on her. I volunteered to read an ARC from St. Martin's Press through Net Galley.
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    Best friends since childhood...

    Best friends since childhood, Liza and Molly have grown apart. I enjoyed seeing these two try to reconnect, to rebuild, and to find their new friendship. Neither of them were willing to give up their friendship but both had obstacles to overcome before they can do that. I struggled with how not nice they were to each other once their video chat was broken up. Molly blew Liza off after her driving all night to check on her, Liza moves to town and doesn’t even tell Molly that she is back, and then went Daniel forces them to be together they are catty and rude to each other. I get that feelings were hurt, things were said, but GROW UP! I was under the impression that Forget You Know Me was a thriller but it was more a book about friendship and marriages. It is a story about forgiveness, telling the truth, letting go of past issues and moving on with life, and of being honest with yourself. Daniel and Molly’s marriage was in trouble from the first omission by both of them. Liza and Molly’s friendship was in trouble from not letting go of the past. I enjoyed this book and look forward to those quiet moments when I could escape into Jessica Strawser’s story.
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    Wonderfully Wrought Domestic Suspense!

    In her third novel, Strawser tells the story of transition. A marriage, a lifelong friendship, romantic and other relationships shimmer, strain, and transform under the pressure of secrets, of hidden problems, and the assumptions and habits that serve to streamline complicated lives and to muffle what is real, what is most essential, and human. This is domestic thriller, as fraught and suspenseful as any--however, this story is poised, smart, and insightful about the lives that most of us lead, proud and shamed, powerful and guilty. I cherished the celebration of the beauties and rhythm of Ohio, not glamorous, but as real, poetic, and moving as any other place, any other time. The characters are marvelously well-wrought, complex and appealing, neither all good nor all bad; everyone is allowed to be real. A particular strength of Strawser's work is her ability to write believable children, in all their wondrous, exhausting glory. Time after time, I found myself pausing over a poignant moment, over a throwaway piece of profound wisdom: "She couldn't think of anything that was actually improved by becoming more conventional." Ms. Strawser is nowhere near conventional with her taut, wonderful book. Were I to make a prediction, this story is a transitional point for her, establishing herself as smart, insightful, compassionate, and wonderfully gifted as any storyteller.
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