Not That I Could Tell

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Jessica Strawser

St. Martin’s Press

March 27, 2018

320 Pages

Kristin, a perfect PTO mom/housewife, and her two young children disappear from a quiet suburb in Ohio. Nobody has a clue what happened, least of all her friendly neighbors who were drinking and laughing with her just the night before. Police suspect Kristin’s soon-to-be ex-husband has something to do with the disappearance, but he seems absolutely gutted by the loss.

When all leads are followed but the police are no closer to finding Kristin, some of her neighbors decide to start asking questions of their own. Unfortunately, this only gets them in trouble—with the police and with each other. Now the whole neighborhood seems to be involved in one way or the other, but her friends simply can’t rest until they know what happened.

Not That I Could Tell is a good ol’ whodunnit that doesn’t end how you think it will. Some moments aren’t entirely believable, and I’m not sure the ending makes a whole lot of sense when I think back to the beginning of the book. But I do love how engaging the story is and, especially, how brightly these female characters shine. Kristin’s friends are smart and tough. They may be confused, but they aren’t helpless. I loved their let’s-figure-it-out tenacity. It’s also just nice seeing women have healthy, friendly relationships in books. That doesn’t happen all the time.

Summer is over, but this would have been a great beach read. Maybe this can be the book you take on the plane when you head off to some tropical destination come winter. It’s definitely a fun mystery to get lost in for a few days.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the ARC!

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4 thoughts

  1. I agree! ITS THE BEST THING WHEN THE FEMALE CHARACTERS ARE WELL FLESHED OUT! 😍😍❀️ And although I get that some mysteries don’t make a lot of sense when reflected back after completing them but you say it’s a good beach read? Well, SOMETIMES AN EASY ONE IS ALL WE NEED!! 😍😍❀️❀️

    Loved your review!

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    1. I agree completely. Especially right now, I’ve been soaking up the light reads. It’s so nice to have an escape! When I’m less stressed, I can go back to nonfiction or literary fiction, but for real, sometimes a good mystery is exactly what the soul needs! πŸ˜„

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      1. Yeah! My go to escape reads are usually novels by Katie Fforde! 😍😍 And Jane Green. Not mystery but there is SOO MUCH FLUFF IN THEM and the plot and writing is really engrossing too!

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