Best friends Molly and Liza have grown apart—Liza has moved away, Molly is married with kids. Their only way to connect is through video calling, and even that has grown awkward—until the night Liza spots a masked intruder on Molly's webcam. Liza calls the police and even drives from Chicago to Cincinnati to make sure her friend is okay, but Molly rebuffs her, insisting their friendship is over. Yet the story is far from over, as the women navigate a series of events that test everything they know to be true. Strawser (Not That I Could Tell, 2017) is a clear master of the craft, drawing together a plot that seems at once impossible and fully believable. The novel's pulsing anxiety continues through the triple narration from Liza, Molly, and Molly's husband, Daniel. This is not a straight-up thriller; the multiple domestic subplots and sometimes-leisurely pace may deter some readers. However, the tapestry of story and character will lure book clubs and lovers of emotionally complex fiction. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
This third novel from Strawser (Not That I Could Tell You; Almost Missed You) is not only a captivating suspense novel but also a look at the complicated relationships that can occur among friends and spouses over the span of time and distance. Best friends Molly and Liza were thick as thieves and did everything together—even after Molly married Daniel, Liza was the welcomed and expected third wheel in their relationship and family. But when Liza moves to Chicago, an emotional distance is added to the physical, changing their relationship. Over time, too, Molly begins to grow distant from Daniel. Though he is physically present at times, in many ways he isn't, and resentment settles into the empty spaces, leaving Molly to feel alone. One night when Daniel is away, the girlfriends try to catch up on Skype, which then sets off a series of scary, odd events that can't be explained away. VERDICT Stawser's great hybrid of women's fiction and suspense doesn't overwhelm but intrigues. Readers will enjoy the strong character development and unpredictable plot.—Anne M. Miskewitch, Schaumburg Twp. Dist. P.L., IL
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Publishers Weekly Reviews
Strawser's masterful novel (after 2018's Not That I Could Tell) begins with a chilling moment: Liza Green is video chatting with her lifelong pal Molly Perkins, when Molly briefly leaves the room; in the following moment, Liza sees a masked intruder who approaches the computer and ends the call. Fearing for Molly's life, Liza alerts the police and makes the hours-long drive from Chicago to her friend's house in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Molly inexplicably brushes off Liza's concerns. Perplexed and furious, Liza returns to her building only to learn that it burned down during the night. Liza takes stock of her life and decides to move back to Cincinnati, where she finds new love and tries to repair her friendship with Molly. Meanwhile, Molly's chronic pain has driven a wedge between her and her husband, Daniel, who thinks she's exaggerating. She gets her emotional needs met by her neighbor Rick, who she initially believes was the man in the mask. After Rick makes it clear that the intruder wasn't him, Molly worries that she's being threatened by a shady loan company to which she owes a lot of money. It's also possible that an unscrupulous colleague at Daniel's job might be behind the prowler. Strawser's novel expertly dials up the danger; it works equally well as an airtight thriller and a memorable depiction of an old friendship growing increasingly strained. Fans of well-written suspense are in for a treat. (Feb.)
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Hoping to end an estrangement with her best friend, Liza panics when their video call is interrupted by a masked invader before her friend calls back later, pretending nothing has happened. By the author of Not That I Could Tell. - (Baker & Taylor)
Hoping to end an estrangement with her best friend, Liza panics when their video call is interrupted by a masked invader before her friend calls back later, pretending nothing has happened. - (Baker & Taylor)
The next “masterful” (Publishers Weekly) novel from "the gifted Jessica Strawser" (Adriana Trigiani), hailed as “immensely satisfying” (Kathleen Barber) and “that book you can’t put down” (Sally Hepworth). 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.
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.
"[A] great hybrid of women's fiction and suspense...strong character development and unpredictable plot." - Library Journal
- (McMillan Palgrave