Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser @jessicastrawser @GabraZackman @StMartinsPress @MacmillanAudio #bookbestiesforgetyouknowme #bookreview #audiobook

Happy Monday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for this dark domestic drama filled with some pretty compelling characters! This was a group read and we were all captivated by these peoples lives!💜

  • Forget You Know Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessica Strawser
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-05-19
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio

My Thoughts

A real, raw, and riveting story about the good, the bad, and the ugly side of life and love!

Life… it is messy, it is uncomfortable, it is tough… Jessica Strawser Does an amazing job of making her characters pop off the pages, there is an authenticity to her characterization and storytelling… this is an exquisitely told domestic drama with a sprinkle of suspense… it is NOT A THRILLER …and I think if you start this book with the expectation that this is a wonderful exploration of the darker and uglier side of relationships, rather than a edge of your seat thriller you will have a much better reading experience…. in my humble opinion this is a book that has been mislabeled as a mystery/thriller and that has not done the book any favors…

imagine you are on a video chat with your BFF, When she is upstairs checking on one of her kids someone breaks into her house dressed in all black including a face mask… what would you do? That is how this book starts up, Liza and Molly are on the chat, Molly checks on her kids, Liza sees the intruder…. after the intruder closes the laptop on Liza she calls the police and drives all night from Chicago to Cincinnati to check on her friend…. but when Liza reaches Molly‘s house she basically closes the door in her face, what in the world is going on? This one event leads to the unraveling of many secrets and relationships….

A book that takes an in-depth look at the breakdown of both marriage and friendship… how insecurities and fears can lead to lies and secrets that ultimately lead to hurt and betrayal…. all these characters were very real, flawed, and relatable, however not always likable… I have to admit I found Molly insufferable at times or chronic pain frustrated even made the reader, meanwhile I really liked Liza and enjoyed her entire storyline immensely… this is not to say I did not like Molly and her story, I just found that story much more frustrating, Daniel and she needed some serious marriage counseling…. but even my frustration with these characters added to the authenticity of the story, as I mentioned life is messy…. just so many things I loved about this book, I found it fascinating how Liza dealt with her survivors guilt… I enjoyed the bond between little Rosie and Nori… and the sweet romance between Liza and Henry put a big smile on my face, what a wonderful man he was!

A beautifully told story about the complexities of life and relationships, A real story about real people! Absolutely recommend!

🎧🎧🎧 The audio narration definitely added some texture and depth to this compelling story… Gabra Zackman did an impeccable job of making these characters come to life… she did a wonderful job of giving each character their own unique voice alleviating any confusion as to who was telling the story at any given time…

🎵🎵🎵 song running through my head! They brought up Tom Petty in this book so I thought I’d go with one of his songs…

Hey, hey
Don’t come around here no more
Don’t come around here no more
Whatever you’re looking for
Hey, don’t come around here no more
I’ve given up, stop
I’ve given up, stop
I’ve given up, stop, on waiting any longer
I’ve given up, on this love getting stronger
Don’t come around here no more
Don’t come around here no more
Don’t come around here no more
Don’t come around here no more
I don’t feel you anymore
You darken my door
Whatever you’re looking for
Hey, don’t come around here no more
I’ve given up, stop
I’ve given up, stop
I’ve given up, (stop) you tangle my emotions
I’ve given up, honey please admit it’s over…

*** many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio for my copies of this book ***

About the Book

Forget You Know Me is that book you can’t put down, and can’t stop thinking about when you are finished.” —Sally Hepworth, bestselling author of The Family Next Door

When 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 anhd 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.

Jessica Strawser’s 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. 

The Besties

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

💛💜 don’t forget to check out Jennifer and Kenzie’s wonderful reviews!

Have a lovely Monday! Berit☀️✨

16 thoughts on “Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser @jessicastrawser @GabraZackman @StMartinsPress @MacmillanAudio #bookbestiesforgetyouknowme #bookreview #audiobook

  1. compelling characters and authenticity should be the writer’s main goal – after a strong plot.
    A lot of books get bad ratings because they were marketed as something and turned out to be something else.


  2. Great review Berit. I agree, if a book genre is mislabeled, that will cause many people to lower the ratings. I am glad you let us know. I enjoy a good family drama, or a story about relationships so I am in for this one.

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    1. Yes I think it is a disservice to the book, a lot of people were expecting some twisty psychological thriller and then we’re disappointed, and it really is a really good book!

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