The Blonde Bookworm: Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser -- Review

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser -- Review

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Title: Not That I Could Tell 
Author: Jessica Strawswer
Pages: 320
Publishing: March 27th 2018 by St. Martin's Press


When a group of neighborhood women gathers, wine in hand, around a fire pit where their backyards meet one Saturday night, most of them are just ecstatic to have discovered that their baby monitors reach that far. It’s a rare kid-free night, and they’re giddy with it. They drink too much, and the conversation turns personal.

By Monday morning, one of them is gone.

Everyone knows something about everyone else in the quirky small Ohio town of Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance. Kristin was a sociable twin mom, college administrator, and doctor’s wife who didn’t seem all that bothered by her impending divorce—and the investigation turns up more questions than answers, with her husband, Paul, at the center. For her closest neighbor, Clara, the incident triggers memories she thought she’d put behind her—and when she’s unable to extract herself from the widening circle of scrutiny, her own suspicions quickly grow. But the neighborhood’s newest addition, Izzy, is determined not to jump to any conclusions—especially since she’s dealing with a crisis of her own.

As the police investigation goes from a media circus to a cold case, the neighbors are forced to reexamine what’s going on behind their own closed doors—and to ask how well anyone really knows anyone else.


I generally love a good suspense novel, but one that revolves around a group of female neighbors and their missing friend? I am ALLLL about that! There's just something about a female cast that really gets a suspense novel going. I think it has a little to do with the fact that they all gossip a decent amount and try to solve the disappearance themselves. The women in this novel were all extremely likable and I found myself getting very invested in their outcomes. 

There were a few moments that felt a little predictable, but they didn't ruin the novel for me. It felt more like the author was trying to lead the reader along the correct path rather than just handing them the answers and I really enjoyed that. I also thoroughly enjoyed the pacing of the novel. It was very well written and had the perfect amount of suspense and excitement. 

All in all, Not That I Could Tell was an excellent suspense novel and I would highly recommend it to readers who enjoyed Big Little Lies. I look forward to reading more from Strawser in the future! Thank you so much to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 4/5


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