I really enjoyed Strawser’s first novel, but this one didn’t quite hit the mark.

A group of neighborhood women gather, wine in hand, for a rare kid-free night. They drink too much and by morning one of them is gone. Each of the women have their own stories, which could fill a book all on their own, but this story focuses on Kristin’s disappearance. She vanishes without a trace with her twins, leaving her husband under the watchful eye of the police.

While I wanted to know what really happened to Kristin, I kept waiting for the “Wow!” moment, the twist that would make my jaw drop. While I was surprised with a slight twist at the end, it wasn’t enough. It was a “That’s it?” moment instead of a “Holy crap!” moment. Not That I Could Tell didn’t feel much like a mystery, but more like women’s fiction. Don’t get me wrong, women’s fiction isn’t bad, but I opened this book with anticipation of a mystery and I didn’t get that.

Despite my disappoint with the lack of mystery, Strawser has still written a good book and I look forward to her next.

Advanced copy provided by NetGalley.


Rating: 3.5 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Not That I Could Tell

Author: Jessica Strawser

Release Date: March 27, 2018

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