Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

Not That I Could TellNot That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not That I Could Tell was one of my Book of the Month picks for March, and once again they did not disappoint! Jessica Strawser’s new novel is definitely a “must read” for thriller lovers.

One evening, six neighborhood friends get together for a girl’s night around the bonfire, but they wake up the next morning to find Kristin and her two children missing. Then the questions begin. Where did she go? Did she run away from her life in Yellow Springs? Did her estranged, soon-to-be ex-husband do something horrible? Or is he simply a grieving man desperately searching for his family?

The story primarily follows the lives of two of the neighbors, Clara and Izzy, as they navigate the aftermath of Kristin’s disappearance. They were totally relatable, and developed perfectly by Jessica Strawser. But the thing that truly stood out to me was how well written the ancillary characters were. I really enjoyed the additional perspectives and elements they added to the storyline.

As the book progressed, I found myself constantly trying to guess what happened to Kristin, and changing my mind with every chapter. I wouldn’t say I was exactly surprised at the end because I figured what happened to her was one of the two options I was bouncing around in my head, but the last 10 – 15 pages really caught me off guard. Let’s just say the ending was super clever on Strawser’s part.

For all my Gone Girl lovers out there, this one is for you!

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