With this third novel by Strawser, I’m removing her from my must read authors list. In my opinion, each of her works has gotten progressively worse. Perhaps it’s just this reader getting picker about what grabs her?
Molly and Liza have always been close, even after Molly married Daniel. But after Liza moved away, things grew more strained between the two women. When Daniel goes away on business, Molly and Liza plan to reconnect with a video chat. But then Molly leaves the room to check on a crying child …
The story starts off well enough with that video call capturing something unexpected. I was grabbed immediately with the opening of this book. But what I thought was going to be a mystery felt very far from that. Was this not supposed to be a mystery? Perhaps I missed the point? Either way, I was expecting a mystery and didn’t get one. I felt no sense of suspense and the “reveal” was very ho hum.
There is so much else going on, that I found myself distracted from the “mystery.” I found I didn’t connect to most of the characters and didn’t care one way or the other how the story ended. The one saving grace for this story was Liza. I enjoyed her interactions with her friend Max and potential love interest Henry.
I know I said I probably wouldn’t read another Strawser book. But I’ll probably end up reading her next, if only to see if she can tip the scales back to the plus side.
St. Martin’s Press provided me with an advanced copy of this book.
Rating: 2 stars
Title: Forget You Know Me
Author: Jessica Strawser
Release Date: February 5, 2019