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Forget you know me : a novel / Jessica Strawser.
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9781250184467
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First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.

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327 pages ; 25 cm
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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.
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Summary

Molly and Liza have always been close in a way that people envy. Even after Molly married Daniel, both considered Liza an honorary member of their family. 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 over wine after the kids are in bed. But when Molly leaves the room to check on a crying baby, a man in a mask enters, throwing Liza into a panic--then her screen goes black. When Liza finally hears from Molly, her message is icy and terse, insisting everything is fine. Liza is still convinced something is wrong, that her friend is in danger. But after an all-night drive to help her ends in a brutal confrontation, Liza is sure their friendship is over--completely unaware that 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.Forget You Know Me exposes the wounds of people who've grown apart, against their will. Best friends, separated by miles. Spouses, hardened by neglect. A mother, isolated by pain. The man in the mask will change things for them all.But who was he? And will he be back?


Author Notes

JESSICA STRAWSER (jessicastrawser.com) is editor-at-large at Writer's Digest, where she was editorial director for nearly a decade. She's the author of the book club favorites Almost Missed You and Not That I Could Tell, a Book of the Month selection and Barnes & Noble Best New Fiction pick for March 2018. She has written for The New York Times Modern Love, Publishers Weekly and other fine venues. She lives with her husband and two children in Cincinnati.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Strawser's masterful novel (after 2018's Not That I Could Tell) begins with a chilling moment: Liza Green is video chatting with her lifelong pal Molly Perkins, when Molly briefly leaves the room; in the following moment, Liza sees a masked intruder who approaches the computer and ends the call. Fearing for Molly's life, Liza alerts the police and makes the hourslong drive from Chicago to her friend's house in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Molly inexplicably brushes off Liza's concerns. Perplexed and furious, Liza returns to her building only to learn that it burned down during the night. Liza takes stock of her life and decides to move back to Cincinnati, where she finds new love and tries to repair her friendship with Molly. Meanwhile, Molly's chronic pain has driven a wedge between her and her husband, Daniel, who thinks she's exaggerating. She gets her emotional needs met by her neighbor Rick, who she initially believes was the man in the mask. After Rick makes it clear that the intruder wasn't him, Molly worries that she's being threatened by a shady loan company to which she owes a lot of money. It's also possible that an unscrupulous colleague at Daniel's job might be behind the prowler. Strawser's novel expertly dials up the danger; it works equally well as an airtight thriller and a memorable depiction of an old friendship growing increasingly strained. Fans of wellwritten suspense are in for a treat. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

This third novel from Strawser (Not That I Could Tell You; Almost Missed You) is not only a captivating suspense novel but also a look at the complicated relationships that can occur among friends and spouses over the span of time and distance. Best friends Molly and Liza were thick as thieves and did everything together-even after Molly married Daniel, Liza was the welcomed and expected third wheel in their relationship and family. But when Liza moves to Chicago, an emotional distance is added to the physical, changing their relationship. Over time, too, Molly begins to grow distant from Daniel. Though he is physically present at times, in many ways he isn't, and resentment settles into the empty spaces, leaving Molly to feel alone. One night when Daniel is away, the girlfriends try to catch up on Skype, which then sets off a series of scary, odd events that can't be explained away. VERDICT Stawser's great hybrid of women's fiction and suspense doesn't overwhelm but intrigues. Readers will enjoy the strong character development and unpredictable plot.-Anne M. Miskewitch, Schaumburg Twp. Dist. P.L., IL c Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.