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St. Martin’s Press
March 27, 2018
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!