Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

Not That I Could Tell

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 Yel...

Details Not That I Could Tell

TitleNot That I Could Tell
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreMystery, Fiction, Suspense

Reviews Not That I Could Tell

  • Melissa
    *4.5 stars*Picking up an author’s second book—especially one following a debut as stunning as Almost Missed You—sparks a certain level of excitement on my part that often coincides with a tiny bit of apprehension. For me, it’s almost a test of sorts. Will that sophomore offering land an author on my must-read list going forward or prove them to be a one-hit wonder, instead? Well, for everyone that loved Almost Missed You as much as this r...
  • Deanna
    Having previously enjoyed Jessica Strawser’s debut novel “Almost Missed You”, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read her new novel “Not That I Could Tell”. “Ever wonder what your friends really think of you?” Although Izzy is new to Yellow Springs, Ohio, she’s been getting to know her neighbors and even spent Saturday evening overindulging in wine and conversation with five other women from the neighborhood. Izzy doesn’t...
  • Kaceey
    4.5*Lately I’ve been reading a number of books involving neighbors. How they interact together - and the expectations they have of each other when living so close. This one ranks right up there among my favorite “neighborhood books”.A backyard get-together of the neighborhood gals, where drinking and giggles are the order of the day. Baby monitors turned up high and husbands shooed off to do their own thing. Purely innocent. Just another fu...
  • Susanne Strong
    4.5 Stars* (rounded up).When a group of women get together, trouble always follows. Am I right or am I right? Not where I’m from, but whatever. Blame the alcohol.“Not That I Could Tell” is a STELLAR follow up to Jessica Strawser’s debut, “Almost Missed You.” In this novel, after a group of gals spend the night drinking around a bonfire, one goes missing along with her two children - Kristin is nowhere to be found. And unfortunately, a...
  • Larry H
    4.5 stars, rounded up.Boy, do I love a little bit of soapy neighborhood melodrama and mystery..."It's no great accomplishment to get someone to believe a lie. It's not that hard, really. Look at me: doctor's wife, working mom, good neighbor. You've already summed me up, haven't you? You're already filling in the blanks. But whatever you're writing there, it's not the truth. And that's fine by me. It's easier, knowing you don't know me at all."One...
  • Theresa Alan
    I really enjoyed the second novel of Jessica Strawser. Several women meet around the firepit of Clara’s backyard one Saturday night. All of them except Izzy are married with kids. They all have a little too much to drink. By Monday afternoon, the soon-to-be-ex-husband of Kristin flags down Izzy to ask if he’s seen his wife and kids. When the police come to ask questions soon after, the women’s stories of Saturday evening—the last time any...
  • Debra
    4.5 starsA group of neighborhood women gather to drink wine and talk. What could go wrong? Their baby monitors can be heard, and they aren't driving. Why not kick back and have a couple of drinks? Of course, with drinking, comes loose lips and several wake up the next day wishing she would not have shared what she did - confessions ranging from one woman being in love with her sister's husband to another not liking the size of her breasts. The la...
  • Holly B
    This was my first Jessica Strawser novel and from the moment I started reading I knew this was going to be a story that would keep me curious about what was up with this charming little neighborhood!All the ingredients for a compelling mystery are here - the ladies, the backyard get together, the wine, the sleeping children. What no one realizes is that one of them will soon disappear and detectives will come knocking on doors!You may not know ev...
  • Lisa
    NOT THAT I COULD TELLJessica StrawserMY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐▫PUBLISHER St. Martin’s PressPUBLISHED March 27, 2018A fun girls night out with wine and friends turns one neighborhood into the media’s spotlight. SUMMARYA group of neighborhood women gather around a fire pit one Saturday night. With wine in hand the conversation turns both giddy and personal. On Monday morning, one of them is missing. Kristen, the mother of four-year-old twins and...
  • Jan
    Solid mystery, reminiscent of Liane Moriarty, but more low key in intensity. I think this story is about relationships more than anything else. The mystery propels the story forward, but what is front and center throughout is the relationships between the women in this small neighborhood who call themselves friends, but soon realize that they don't really know that much about each other after all.After a fun, liquor infused evening around a campf...
  • Shannon
    Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser was exactly what I needed after just finishing an extremely dark book. I would describe this as a light mystery. The story reads with multiple POVs which is always a winner with me! Motherhood, relationships, friendships, secrets, betrayal oooo yes!Five women gather around a bonfire for a girls night in their neighborhood. Baby monitors in hand they get to talking and drinking... lots of drinking. It’s ...
  • Catherine McKenzie
    In NOT THAT I COULD TELL, Strawser has wrapped a mystery into the fabric of a tightly knit community. When Kristin, recently separated from her husband, leaves in the middle of the night after a night of drinking with her girlfriends, her neighbors can't help but wonder: Did she leave of her own accord? Or if she simply ran away, why? When her soon-to-be-ex moves back into their house, and more secrets about Kristin are revealed, her friends begi...
  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsWriting a review of Not That I Could Tell without including any spoilers is tricky so I will keep it short and sweet. The book is fabulous. Strawser focuses on the relationships between a group of woman and the question of how well one human can know another. As the story unfolds, some aspects are clear from the beginning, but the question of what has happened to Kristen dominates the book. As another reviewer mentioned, I thought I knew...
  • Chloe
    A group of neighborhood women enjoy a late night out without kids sharing wine and secrets having a good time.The next morning though one of them disappears with her kids and all of them are left wondering if Kristen ran off or if her ex-husband had .something to do with their disappearance. Each of the women deal with Kristen’s disappearance in their own way and with more secrets revealed they all question if they ever knew their neighbor at a...
  • Jamie
    Local neighborhood women gathering for some backyard wine and gossip, what could be more fun? Oh, having one of those women go missing the next morning?!? Yes, please! Desperate Housewives intermixed with wonderful writing makes for a delightful combination. I read Strawser's debut, Almost Missed You, last year and thought there was a lot of growth from that to this. I'm a big fan of domestic drama and this certainly fits that bill. One final tho...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON MARCH 27, 2018."NOT THAT I COULD TELL moved smoothly along with enough hints at what may have happened, that you felt for the characters and wanted to be there to join in the investigation and in their lives. NOT THAT I COULD TELL was an intriguing, tension-filled mystery that increased in intensity as the secrets and surprises were revealed along with other underlying themes.If you enjoy guessing and wondering, you will e...
  • Thamy
    3.5.I found this tagged as Women's Fiction but it's also a little bit of Mystery, somewhat of a Mystery as well. And you add Desperate Housewives as the final touch.Izzy has recently moved to the suburban Yellow Springs and wants to start a new life to forget her forbidden crush on her former best friend now brother-in-law. Clara had a big plan and got together the neighborhood for a girl's night in her new patio, of which the guests can't rememb...
  • Glen
    I won an ARC of this novel in a goodreads drawing.A group of wives in an isolated upscale neighborhood get together for a wine drinking party. The next day, one of them has disappeared. An investigation starts, and it turns out everyone has awful secrets.Really, the only thing this has going for it is the twist ending, and I saw it coming a mile away.
  • Judy
    Jessica Strawser is a new author for me, so I started reading with the thought that always comes to mind when trying a new author "Oh - I really hope I like this author". It didn't take long at all to find that I enjoy Strawser's writing style as she pulled me into the Yellow Springs, Ohio setting where a group of neighborhood women are enjoying a Saturday night get together around a fire pit. By Monday morning one of the women has disappeared an...
  • Wendi Lee
    Kristin and her four year-old twins disappear without a trace from their seemingly perfect lives. Her neighbors are all bewildered. Kristin had been the model mother and neighbor. Sure, she was in the middle of getting a divorce, but even that seemed amicable - or at very least, Kristin didn't reveal anything troubling. In the days that follow, Kristin's soon to be ex-husband moves back into their home, and neighbors Izzy and Clara try to make se...
  • Jenni Walsh
    What a great book. I highly enjoyed Strawser's sophomore novel, so much, in fact, that I read it every spare moment I had. If you like Liane Moriarty's novels, then I can really see you losing yourself in this one as well. I recently watched the TV adaptation of Big Little Lies, and the entire time reading Not That I Could Tell, I kept picturing Reese Witherspoon at the helm of this novel as Clara. I really connected with the characters and firml...
  • Sue Fernandez
    Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an e-ARC of this title, in exchange for my honests opinion. I've been heavily into the psychological thriller genre, so I dug into this one right away. I'm happy I did. It had all the elements of a good read, and honestly, I thought I had everything figured out halfway through, only to realize I was completely surprised by the end. The character development was good, to the point I liked some char...
  • ♥Rachel♥
    I guessed what happened to Kristin at the 3% mark, but that's not what ruined the book for me. It was the situation with Izzy loving her best friend Josh and then having him marry her sister. The whole thing was painful. And I know that this is just a side story, but it made my heart hurt in a way I didn't like. (view spoiler)[I would've felt better if Izzy fell for Detective Bryant, he wanted to date her after all, but she refused him because of...
  • Vicki Willis
    This book was about a mother and her 2 children who disappeared after a neighborhood barbeque. It is told not from her perspective, but from the neighbors. I gathered information but could not piece it all together to the end. I liked the characters and found them realistic. There was lots of drama and side stories, Clara's being very interesting. I also liked how the author started each chapter with some kind of quote or tidbit of information. T...
  • Jennifer
    Not That I Could Tell is a standalone suspense/mystery novel.The story takes place in the small Ohio town of Yellow Springs.The story focuses on three women who live on the same street: Kristin, Clara, and Izzy. They are the three narrators of this story. Kristin's chapters are told in 1st person POV. Clara and Izzy's chapters are told in 3rd person POVs.Kristin and her twins disappear. The police become involved. This is the main mystery in the ...
  • Melissa
    After devouring Almost Missed You earlier this year, I knew Jessica Strawser’s writing talent was strong. So I was thrilled to hear about her sophomore novel, Not That I Could Tell. I added it to my TBR as soon as I received it! While Almost Missed You was about a woman whose husband disappeared with their child and their best friend got involved, this novel is about a woman who goes off the grid with her children, and the whole neighborhood ge...
  • Karly
    Goodness knows if I was questioned by the police after a night of drinking wine with my neighbors my memory would be pretty fuzzy. But that's exactly what happens to the women of Yellow Springs when one of their neighbor's Kristin and her twins disappear from the neighborhood with Kristin's mother's china in tow. Did Kristin leave of her own volition, or was something more sinister responsible for the disappearance. As the neighbors become more i...
  • Mandie
    I enjoyed reading Not That I Could Tell. It was a quick read that kept me entertained throughout the entire book. It was full of mystery and deceit. It will keep you guessing til the very end, with a surprise ending you'll be shocked to see. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good thought provoking mystery!I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own.