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Not That I Could Tell

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  16,847 ratings  ·  2,185 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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*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 reader, have no fear—Not That I Could Tell proves to be jus
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 usually overdo it on alcohol, but got caught up in the excitement
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 fun, girl’s night out. Almost.

The following morning, one o
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, all of her friends had way too much to drink to remember anythi
Kristin (KC)
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it

*3.5 Stars*

This book had one hell of an amazing kick off, presenting an atmospheric tone that was both enticing and mysterious: Women in a small neighborhood coming together one fateful night to let loose around a backyard fire pit—wine glasses and baby monitors in hand.

Although these women tend to exude an I-have-my-shit-together appearance by day, their composed exteriors begin to fall away with the night, revealing dark secrets and hidden insecurities—all pit-side.

Quite a fre
Larry H
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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 Saturday night, a group of female neighbors gets
Theresa Alan
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 anyone saw Kristin—are unfortunately a little hazy, but none
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 intriguing stars to the light mystery/domestic suspense, Not That I Could Tell! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Having read Jessica Strawser’s debut book, Almost Missed You, I knew I had to read her second!

The women of the neighborhood gathered around the fire pit at Clara’s house and had a carefree evening while indulging in perhaps too much alcohol. The next day, Kristen’s husband, Paul, flags down one of the women and asks if she knows where Kristen is. It turns out that Kristen and her two children disappea
Mary Beth
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it

The book starts out with Kristin and her two kids disappearing, they are missing and vanish without a trace. There was a neighborhood party the night before they disappeared. They were drinking wine and sharing stories, sitting around a fire with baby monitors turned up. They started getting drunk and don't seem to remember anything of that night.

As the investigation starts lots of secrets appear and everyone seems like they could be a suspect. The setting is in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The inve
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
4.5 Dramarama Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

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
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a story of friendship in the suburbs, secrets and lies and a neighbor who goes missing after a night around the campfire.

The author has gotten life in the suburbs with young children spot on (I speak from experience!) and it was a believable tale of something that could definitely happen in my neighborhood. In fact, for me, it was its strongest point - what if this happened to you? How would you handle it? What would you do?

I wish this one would have been categorized General Fiction/Wom
Carol (Bookaria)
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley, fiction
One Saturday night, a group of women get together on a backyard to have a few drinks and relax. They are neighbors and look forward to taking a break from the routine. However, a couple of days later they are all shocked to learn that Kristin -one of the women who went to the bonfire- is missing. 

The novel explores how each of the neighbors deals with Kristin's disappearance, specially Clara, a wife and mother, and Izzy, the newest person to have moved into the neighborhood.

The novel takes place
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
NOT THAT I COULD TELL by JESSICA STRAWSER was an intriguing, entertaining, and fast read that didn't necessarily wow me but it was definitely still an enjoyable read! It was one of those reads where I was able to just sit back and enjoy the story and the characters. My favorite character was Izzy and I really enjoyed how she grew throughout this story!

The full Traveling Sisters Review will follow shortly:
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

I get the sense she views neighbors the way I do--sort of like family. You don't get to pick them, and you're stuck sharing space whether you like it or not, so you might as well try to get along.

When a group of neighborhood women gather around a fire pit, drinking wine into all hours of the night, you never know what's going to happen.

Unfortunately for this group of ladies in Yellow Springs, Ohio, fun and games turn to fuzzy memories and a lot of questions come Monday m
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

A 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 ladies wake up fuzzy and hungover the next morning a
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
So, lately I have been reading a lot of books about neighbors! I wondering if this is the new "girl" title? haha.

A backyard full of women lounging in front of a bonfire and drinking their worries away with tons of laughter. Baby monitors turned on full blast and husbands forbidden on this girls night. This sounds like my kind of night.... almost!

The next morning one of the women in this group of girls is missing along with her 2 twin children. Did she leave on her own? Is she missing? Did somet
3.5 stars. Six women gather in a neighbor's backyard for a casual evening of drinking and conversation. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, but by sunrise one of the women and her two young children are missing. Law enforcement and media swarm the neighborhood, while the women rack their brains trying to remember if anything odd happened the night before. What happened to Kristin and her twins? Did she run away or did someone harm them? Could her soon-to-be ex-husband be to blame?

You probably
Sarah Joint
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a quick and easy read that seems more of a women's fiction or domestic drama than suspense or thriller. There is indeed a mystery and missing people involved, but the focus of the book is on those left behind. Part of the ending was strong, but I wasn't as attached to the characters as I would have liked and it was missing the wit and quirkiness that has made me love other "neighbor" books. I did enjoy it, but I was expecting a bit more. I'm happy I read this with a group, because it was ...more
Holly  B
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 everything about your neighbors or your friends.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser is a domestic drama mixed with a bit of suspense. This one would be another of what I’m starting to call my popcorn books in which you just sit back with your popcorn and watch the drama unfold in this neighborhood.

One Saturday night Clara decided to invite all the ladies in the neighborhood over for a bit of a girls night. A little wine and adult company around the fire pit sounded perfect to the busy mothers of the group. Izzy who had just moved didn’t
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 campfire, it's discovered that one of these women has d
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: botm
I hate giving a book 2 stars, but this just wasn’t the book for me.

This is a story about a group of women living on the same street and one goes missing...and that was about it up until 70 % , when we had a little action, then it fizzled back out. The final reveal was not at all exciting and overall the ‘mystery’ was predictable.

My biggest issue was not even the lack of excitement...although that certainly didn’t help, but the characters felt flat. I’m not sure I could even describe one of them
Diane S ☔
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
2.5 Another book featuring a group of women living in close proximity together. Another book with a desperate housewives vibe, though this one does have a serious subject underlying the surface goings on in this neighborhood. I wish I could say I connected with this story, but the truth is I did not. One of the woman and her two children disappear. Is it foul play, she was getting a divorce, or was she on the run to or from something?

Interesting concept, but I had a hard time keeping these women
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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MY RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️▫️
PUBLISHER St. Martin’s Press
PUBLISHED March 27, 2018

A fun girls night out with wine and friends turns one neighborhood into the media’s spotlight.

A 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 school mom volunteer extraordinaire is in the midst of a
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 all fun and games until the massive hangovers hit th
3.5 stars
This was a quick, easy read that I devoured on a long car ride. I would categorize it under domestic suspense/women’s fiction, not mystery/suspense.

After the women in the neighborhood gather around the firepit for a fun evening of chatting and drinking wine, one of the women, Kristin, along with her two children are missing. Where are they and is her soon-to-be ex-husband, the handsome well-liked physician, responsible? The story builds slowly as we get to know each of the characters a
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Mega standard adult thriller that was predictable and meh at best. Mehhhhhhh.
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

Women enjoying a care-free night, a night that turned into telling too many personal things, and then a morning that turned out badly.

The women of Yellow Springs and their specific neighborhood were all busy with work and children and enjoyed spending time with each other, but did they really know each other?

They all questioned themselves the morning that Kristin was found missing along with her twins, her mother's china, and a million dollars.

Her estranged husband moved right into the house an
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
It seems that I’ve read a few ‘neighborhood drama’ books lately, but what set Not That I Could Tell apart from the others is the mystery involved.

A group of ladies in the neighborhood get together one night to sit around the fire and drink a few glasses of wine. I can relate, I’ve been there and the excitement to talk to adults without kids! As the wine flows, inhibitions are let down and secrets start to be told. This is good stuff! As the evening comes to a close, feeling tipsy and a new sens
Katie B
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I have to say I'm a big fan of these neighborhood books in which everyone on the block has a secret and they are all up in each other's business. I might not want to live in a neighborhood like that but it sure makes for fun reading. While this story can be classified as a mystery, I think it reads much better as a good, solid fiction book.

Kristin and her two children have gone missing and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Paul, is questioned by police. The community is left wondering did he h
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JESSICA STRAWSER is the author of the book club favorites ALMOST MISSED YOU (a B&N Best New Fiction pick), NOT THAT I COULD TELL (a bestselling Book of the Month selection), FORGET YOU KNOW ME (now in paperback), and the 2021 SheReads, E! News & Goodreads "Most Anticipated" title A MILLION REASONS WHY, releasing to a starred Booklist review in March 2021. Her fifth novel, THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW, ...more

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