Forget You Know Me
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 aft ...more
Strawser has taken a bit of flak for the miscategorization of her novels—mostly from readers under the assumption her work resides in the suspense genre, for one reason or another—which somehow feels unfair. So, let’s take a minute to clear th ...more
Liza and Molly have been best friends since childhood. Even when Molly was dating, and then married, Daniel, Liza was still a part of their lives, sharing stories of disastrous dates and her real lack of ambition. But when Liza moved from Cincinnati to Chicago for a job, it put a real strain on their friendship, and that strain began working its way into Molly and Daniel's marriage as well.
But one night while Daniel was on business travel, Molly and Liza are determine ...more
I think we’ve all experienced a video chat/ FaceTime, where the other person is just a bit off camera...maybe you get a good shot of the top of their head, or their ear. Maybe even the ceiling! But what if in the middle of this particular chat you witnessed a crime! A burglar breaking into the house!
That’s what happened when Liza was finally video chatting with her friend Molly. While Molly leaves the room momentarily to tend to her children Liza watches, shocked as a masked man enters her f ...more
Forget You Know Me is a lovely examination of relationships and different types of love. It follows multiple perspectives and for me felt more like a domestic drama than the 'thriller' I am used to reading. The book starts off with a bang - BFFs, Liza & Molly, who have grown apart in recent years, decide on a catch-up Skype date while Molly's husband is away. As Molly is away from her computer momentarily, checking on one of her children, Liza sees a stranger enter Molly's house ...more
I really enjoy this author and wanted to love this one, but honestly, I was not wanting to pick up the book throughout reading it.
The beginning was so intriguing and I was hopeful that the story line would be suspenseful. It wasn't and I didn't feel anything for the characters. The twist was not surprising or thrilling. I can't figure out why the novel started one way and swerved off on so many detours. I feel like it was trying to hard to be several genres, but t ...more
Liza and Molly have been friends since childhood. Though they now live in different states they try to check in whenever time permits. One night, while on a video chat, Liza sees a masked man intruding in Molly’s home and calls the police. When confronted, Molly pretends like nothing happened. Thereafter things get stranger and stranger. Was a masked man in Molly’s house? And if so, why is Molly poo pooing the idea?
“Forget You Know Me” is the third book I’ve read by Jess ...more
Before starting this book, I kept seeing reviews about the disappointment with this not being a thriller. What you find behind this pages is more of a character driven novel about relationships, challenges of life, marriage, and friendships.
What I love about Strawser's story here is how relatable it can be to anyone. Strawser dives deep into the depths of relationships in this one ...more
...A strong startling beginning exposing a masked intruder (no spoiler here) sparked my interest, but my attention quickly waned as the storyline redirects the fear of what's about to happen to a wordy mediocre work of women's fiction surrounding a troubled marriage and broken friendship with too many unnecessary side stories.
...I grew bored with Molly and Daniel posthaste, but enjoyed Liza's story, her relationship with Henry, the pilot and the excellent plot connection to her...more
Let’s get this out of the way from the start: just like her previous novel, Jessica Strawser’s newest work Forget You Know Me is once again WRONGLY labeled as being of the “mystery/thriller/suspense” genre when it should more accurately be placed in the “women’s fiction” or “contemporary fiction” categories. I’m not sure if Strawser’s marketing team is the one mis-categorizing her books or perhaps she originally did intend to write a suspense / thriller novel but it didn’t end up work ...more
She and her oldest friend Liza have planned a “Girl’s Night”, or the closest thing to it, being that Molly still lives in Cincinnati and Liza in Chicago. A long overdue, video chat, with a goal of reconnecting...of bridging the distance that has come between them over the years.
The wine has been poured, and the chat has begun but Liza can tell that Molly’s smile seems forced...a little too bright, a little ...more
Molly and Liza have friends for years. Even when Molly got married and Liza moved away, the two have retained their strong bond. One night, during a video call, Liza sees an intruder in Molly’s house and, worried for her friends’ safety, she drives all night to ensure her friend is not in danger. However, Molly seems almost put out by Liza’s unexpected arrival, claimin ...more
Liza and Molly have been friends for their entire lives. They remained very good friends even through marriage and raising children but raising children, of course, took some of the time they spent off their friendship. One day, while video chatting, the girls are talking but Molly has to leave the computer screen to check on the kids. Suddenly Liza sees an intruder in Molly's house. Lisa, terr ...more
The first chapter was soooooo good! I mean really REALLY good. I could not wait to discover who the masked man was that entered Molly’s house. Why was she not freaking the heck out?
I really appreciated ...more
This book is really about relationships - bet ...more
I encourage you to read this book as one about relationships, friendships, and the realities of adulthood. Despite an amazing "thriller" opening chapter, the rest of the book is a slow burn and is not in the thriller genre.
Full review to come.
This book is listed on netgalley as Women's Fiction. It is listed other places as suspense. I think that it is a combination of the two as it has elements of both genres. Although truthfully while reading it I was thinking of it as more of a suspense (as there is a bit of a mystery).
This book has three 3rd person POVs: Liza, Molly and Daniel. The story takes place in Cincinnati and Chicago. Li ...more
Read this last year, but for some reason I missed reviewing this one.
This is one of those books that I think will affect people differently. I didn’t have any problems with the writing style or even the characters, (only criticism would be that they were a bit cookie cutter) it was really the plot premise that had first intrigued me, then fell apart by the end.
The plausibility of this ever happening IRL as it does on paper is was made this hard for me to become invested in the how and w ...more
Guys, this is not a thriller, it is a domestic suspense novel, and as such there is less tension and suspense, and more character development and thoughtful themes. The plot doesn’t veer wildly f ...more
Two friends, Liza is single & living in Chicago & Molly a married mom of 2 young children living in Cincinnati. Molly looks forward to their late night face time chats, she loves to hear about Liza's life, her dates & the guys she meets. Liza on the other hand is done with the crazy dating single life. One night while Molly's husband is away & Liza is waiting for Molly to return to their live chat, Liza sees something m ...more
FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON FEBRUARY 5.
It seems everyone has something to hide.
Who is keeping what secret?
Who has the biggest secret?
If you enjoy personal drama, seeing how any type of relationship can fall apart, characters that are actually believable, and a story line that will have you thinking about the situations and choices the characters make long after you turn the last page, then FORGET YOU KNOW ME will be a book you won't want to miss.
I do have to say that the book dragged on a bit too l ...more
Best friends since childhood, stay-at-home mom Molly and Liza keep their relationship alive on Skype when one night Liza witnesses a masked intruder in Molly’s home. When the police find nothing amiss Liza drives hours overnight, only to be turned away by Molly, the fate of their friendship in question.
FORGET YOU KNOW ME starts off as a promising thriller, b ...more
"Let neither husband nor wife strive to be the dominating person in the household."
Molly needed to be not only heard but understood. She needed to get out of her daily funk. She needed what so many of us wish we had -Validation-Love-Support.
Liza and Molly were the best of friends but there relationship started to dwindle and fall to the waste side over time.
Molly was a busy full time caregiver of two kids and wife to Daniel in Cincinnati while ...more