Tuesday, February 5, 2019

REVIEW of Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser

Hardcover, 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…

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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