Sunday, February 3, 2019

Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser ~ My Thoughts #ForgetYouKnowMe #NetGalley #TallPoppy


Forget You Know Me

Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser
Print and e-book, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by St. Martin's Press

When 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.

Jessica Strawser's 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.

My thoughts about Forget You Know Me ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"Liza could tell right away that Molly's smile was fake—and not fake in that courageous way that tired moms of young children sometimes muster a grin, either. That, Liza would have understood, even empathized with."

Best friends. Friends who would do anything for each other, who have been there for each other for years. And then slowly they drift apart. Until one night when these friends need each other more than they ever have. But it just might be too late.

Secrets. Secrets from your best friend, secrets from your spouse. All those secrets. And with secrets, comes danger.

Forget You Know Me hooked me from the very first chapter as I tried to wrap my head around the cause of the estrangement of these two best friends and what all of the secrecy was about. This was definitely a page-turner for me as I watched Molly and Liza struggle with their friendship and their complicated lives. This is a story that had me thinking about it long after I closed the pages of the book. Jessica Strawser was a new-to-me author and but she has now become one of my must-read authors.

I received Forget You Know Me from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

About the author

Jessica Strawser is the 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), was a Barnes & Noble Best New Fiction Selection upon its March 2017 release, as well as a She Reads Book Club Selection and a PopSugar Best Spring Read. Her second, NOT THAT I COULD TELL, was a bestselling Book of the Month selection for March 2018, and is now new in paperback and available at Target stores nationwide, with a bonus Reading Group Gold guide included.

Her latest novel of domestic suspense, FORGET YOU KNOW ME, is forthcoming Feb. 5, 2019, from St. Martin's Press, and has been named to "Best Of" and "Most Anticipated" lists from Goodreads, PopSugar, BookBub, and elsewhere. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called the novel "masterful," saying, "fans of well-written suspense are in for a treat."

Her diverse career in the publishing industry spans nearly two decades 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 in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two children, and has recently been named the 2019 Writer-in-Residence for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A proud member of the Tall Poppy Writers and Women's Fiction Writers Association, she tweets @jessicastrawser, enjoys connecting at, and speaks frequently at writing conferences and events that are kind enough to invite her.

Visit to learn more, read some of her work and sign up for her email list to receive occasional updates and hellos. ~ Goodreads

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  1. I've seen this book online a couple of times today. It sounds really good!

  2. Thanks for letting us know about this one. Cheers


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