on March 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Women’s Fiction, Domestic Thriller
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When a group of neighborhood women gathers, wine in hand, around a fire pit where their backyards meet one Saturday night, most of them are just ecstatic to have discovered that their baby monitors reach that far. It’s a rare kid-free night, and they’re giddy with it. They drink too much, and the conversation turns personal.
By Monday morning, one of them is gone.
Everyone knows something about everyone else in the quirky small Ohio town of Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance. Kristin was a sociable twin mom, college administrator, and doctor’s wife who didn’t seem all that bothered by her impending divorce—and the investigation turns up more questions than answers, with her husband, Paul, at the center. For her closest neighbor, Clara, the incident triggers memories she thought she’d put behind her—and when she’s unable to extract herself from the widening circle of scrutiny, her own suspicions quickly grow. But the neighborhood’s newest addition, Izzy, is determined not to jump to any conclusions—especially since she’s dealing with a crisis of her own.
As the police investigation goes from a media circus to a cold case, the neighbors are forced to reexamine what’s going on behind their own closed doors—and to ask how well anyone really knows anyone else.
Not That I Could Tell is my first book from Strawser. It has a great set up for a good little mystery right from the start too. An upscale neighborhood, a backyard get-together, wine and a missing mother and her children.
A group of the women got together in the backyard at Clara’s house. They grabbed them some wine, the mothers carried their baby monitors, and they sat around the fire pit and relaxed and talked, well, gossiped of course. It was a great night for them, until the following Monday morning when they discover one them has gone missing with her children.
The story is told from three POV’s, Clara, Izzy and our missing mother, Kristen. Izzy is the newest to the neightborhood, she doesn’t have any children and isen’t married, but was welcome in all the same. Clara is a stay at home mom and the host of the get-together. With her friend missing, she is not only dealing with that, but it brings up memories from her past.
Kristen is the well put together mom, the go to mom. The party planner, attended school activities and organized festivities. From the outside she has this perfect life. But she is going through a divorce from her doctor husband, and so far it doesn’t seem to be a pleasant one. Most aren’t. But with the disappearance of Kristen and her children missing too, the rumors are flying as to what happened to her. And what could have happened to make her pack up her kids and leave without a word. Everyone had their own ideas, and speculations. Friends included.
As Clara Izzy and the rest of the group start to try to put it all together, the pieces just aren’t adding up. More questions are raised about Kristen, her husband and their lives. Did any of them really know Kristen at all? I’d like to say that I had everything all figured out, but Strawser did a great job fooling me and I was pleasantly surprised with the ending.
Not That I Could Tell had a lot going for it, a easliy relatable cast of characters and a mysterious disappearance. But is also touched on flawed friendships and forgiveness. Fans of domestic thriller/mysteries will enjoy this one for sure.
Strawser delivers a domestic thriller with a msytery to unravel. Review for Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser @jessicastrawser @StMartinsPress #adult #mystery #suspense #thriller #arc #review Click To Tweet