Publication Date: Out Now from Hodder and Staughton
Drinks in hand, a group of neighbourhood women gather around a fire pit to enjoy a rare child-less Saturday night. Giddy with freedom, they drink too much, share secrets they wish, perhaps, they hadn’t, and enjoy getting to know each other better.
The single newcomer. The imperfect mom. The new-born parents. The military wife. The almost divorcee.
Come Monday morning, one of them is gone.
As a police investigation launches, the women will band together and ask whether they should have noticed that something was amiss. But how well can you really know your neighbours, when appearances can be so deceiving?
As long as you believe that what you see is what you get, I get to stay this way.
I loved this authors last novel so I was very happy to get to read Not That I Could Tell – once again it was an excellent read, a beautifully written character drama featuring a group of friends and neighbours coming together in the aftermath of the disappearance of one of their number.
This is not so much psychological thriller as it is an exploration of friends and community – and how little you can know about the actual reality of someone else’s life. As secrets come to light, the women both support and expose each other – was there anything wrong in the hours before Kristen vanished? The answer to that is “Not that I could tell..”
Jessica Strawser twists and turns your perceptions of the characters as the story goes on – building a compelling and intricate set of relationships, not only between the women but within the street that they live. Ultimately the resolution is thought provoking and perfectly placed.
Yes, really enjoyed it. It was both gentle and authentic, a birds eye view of one incident in one place that resonates with us all and could, actually, happen anywhere.
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