Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser ~ New Release ~ @jessicastrawser @StMartinsPress #bookreview

Not That I Can Tell

New Release Today March 27, 2018

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

4.5 Dramarana Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5


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.


This was a really fun read for me….. set in small town Ohio where the houses were as eclectic as the citizens….. whenever I read a book that takes place in a small town I always feel a little jealous, having lived in major cities my entire life….. and Yellow Springs was so picturesque and ideal, just the place you’d want to raise your family…..

The neighbor ladies get together for a girls night out…. kid free and husband free… The wine is flowing, the fire is burning, and the tongues are loose….. and the next day Kristin is gone along with her twins… did she leave of her own volition? Or has something more sinister happened?

This book really was about Clara and Izzy and how they coped with the disappearance of their friend/neighbor….. I really liked both of these ladies and related to them both in very different ways…. Clara is a stay at home mother with a fabulous husband (I must say) raising two kids and trying to be the best mom she possibly can…. Izzy oh Izzy… my heart broke for you girl! Caught in an impossible situation filled with regret… fighting her way back…. I really loved her character growth in this book… and I actually would appreciate another book with her to see where she goes from here……

I loved being the nosy neighbor without having to leave the comfort of my own home or peak out my window….. I loved getting a glimpse into all these characters lives… the good, the bad, and the ugly…. and a very special mention needs to go out to the very precocious 12-year-old Nancy Drew A.k.a. Hallie…. there were some times during this book I absolutely felt as though she was more in touch with what was going on then the adults… and the girl had spirit!

Absolutely recommend two fans of domestic thrillers with a slower pace…. this book didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat however I really wanted to know what was going on and The sooner the better….

*** thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Have fun reading,