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Forget You Know Me

3.07  ·  Rating details ·  3,539 ratings  ·  857 reviews
In her engrossing new novel, Forget You Know Me, Jessica Strawser takes readers deep into an intimate friendship between two women. When one witnesses a shocking incident that should never have been caught on camera, the secrets and lies it exposes threaten to change their lives forever.

Molly and Liza have always been close in a way that people envy. Even after Molly marri
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published February 5th 2019)
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Three books in and Jessica Strawser continues to impress—transitioning from new author, riding high on my radar, to landing a spot among my favorites. There’s a realness and fluidity to her writing style, qualities that speak directly to my reader’s heart.

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
Forget You Know Me, more than anything, is an examination of complex relationships.

Following multiple perspectives, this mellow 'Domestic Drama', tracks a set of adults as they navigate the tricky art of making long-term relationships work.

The book starts off with a bang: BFFs, Liza and Molly, who have recently seemed to grow apart, decide on a Skype date to play catch-up one night while Molly's husband is away.

As Molly dashes upstairs momentarily to check on her children, the computer continue
Larry H
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars.

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
Holly  B
This did not work for me at all.

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
Theresa Alan
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rounded up. This novel starts out with a bang when two friends who have been growing apart are trying to reconnect via Skype. When Molly goes to check on her daughter, leaving her laptop open and on, Liza sees a masked man enter her friend’s house. Naturally, Liza loses her mind, calling the police and her friend over and over to no avail. Imagining her friend has been kidnapped—because why else wouldn’t she answer her phone or call Liza back?—Liza leaves Chicago, the city she relocated to t ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Molly and Liza have been close friends for a long time, but distance and life seemed to have gotten in the way. The two friends decide to have a video chat over wine to catch up and things are going great until Molly goes in the other room to check on her daughter. Liza, while waiting for Molly to return, notices a masked intruder walk across the room. Naturally Liza is concerned, she is more than concerned she is freaked out. Who wouldn't be? She makes attempts to contact her friend and calls t ...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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Forget You Know Me is not a thriller, but it is an emotional story of friends and spouses drifting apart over time. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Molly and Liza are the best of friends. Molly eventually marries Daniel, and the two remain close. Things change when Liza moves away, though. It affects her friendship with Molly and also Molly’s marriage. But why?

Daniel is away on business, and the friends plan a video call to catch up. Molly leaves the room briefly, and Liza sees something that has her driving all ni
A real, raw, and riveting story about the good, the bad, and the ugly side of life and love!

Life... it is messy, it is uncomfortable, it is tough... Jessica Strawser Does an amazing job of making her characters pop off the pages, there is an authenticity to her characterization and storytelling... this is an exquisitely told domestic drama with a sprinkle of suspense... it is NOT A THRILLER ...and I think if you start this book with the expectation that this is a wonderful exploration of the dar
Jessica Strawser
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My new novel, coming in February 2019: Can't wait to share it with you all! ...more
Susanne  Strong
2.75 Stars* (rounded up)

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
Molly and Liza had been friends since childhood and although they now live in different states they still try and stay in contact as much as they can when they both have time to spare. One night they decide to hold a video chat once their kids are in bed as it’s been a while since they’d caught up with one another.

During the video chat, Molly leaves the room as she needs to see to her crying child. Whilst Molly is absent, Liza sees something that leaves her very worried and distressed, but what
Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser is a women's fiction novel with a hint of suspense... not a thriller at all.

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
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
My first experience reading Jessica Strawser, and I can now understand the buzz in the book community over her work! I found Forget You Know Me to be decadent, raw, and emotionally gratifying. This is a book most women will connect with, especially as we transition out of youth and into adulthood. It touches on friendship, love, marriage, finding yourself, and coping with life in the best ways we can. And it has quite a tangled storyline to draw you in! I’m left feeling so fulfilled by this book ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser is more of a domestic drama than a thriller of a story as much as the idea behind the story sounded thrilling. Told from different points of view the story became more about friendships, relationships and the characters lives.

Molly and Liza have always been the best of friends and even used to laugh and claim that others weren’t true friends if they could let anything come between them. But with Molly getting married and Liza moving to another city the two
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly’s husband is away on business and her two young children have been tucked into bed.

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
Well, darn......

...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

3.5 stars

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 wo
Erin Clemence
Special thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for a free, electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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, claim
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Liza and Molly, long time best friends, who have grown apart, set up a video chat so they can catch up with each other, during which Liza sees a masked intruder enter Molly's home. The fallout from this event leads to exposing major problems in the marriage of Molly and her husband Daniel. Molly and Daniel have been keeping secrets from each other for years and with all those secrets, the intruder could be any number of people. Still, this isn't a search for the intruder but instead a character ...more
When a video call between friends captures a shocking incident no one was supposed to see, the secrets it exposes threatens to change their lives forever

I have read and loved both of Jessica Strawser’s previous novels and knew that I would enjoy reading Forget You Know Me as well. I wasn’t wrong! From the first chapter to the end, the book had me hooked and greedily wanting more! While many erroneously believe that this is a thriller, the thing I’ve learned about Strawser is that, while the susp
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser from NetGalley for my honest review.

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
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What I thought was going to be a mystery thriller turned into a story about a marriage on the rocks and a friendship that has been strained almost to the breaking point. Molly and Liza have been friends for years and with their day to day lives being so busy they haven't been keeping in touch as often as they want to so they make a date for a video chat. While Molly steps away a masked intruder enters the house and closes the screen leaving Liza hanging in the balance. At this point I'm thinking ...more
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Forget You Know Me starts off intriguing and a page-turner however the pace slows down as the story explores relationships between the characters. The dynamics between them add some drama to the story for me. Now I am a tough and picky reader when it comes to drama in a story and this one just didn't work for me.

I received a copy from the publisher on NetGalley
Molly and Liza have been friends forever--seeing each other through high school, college, and early adulthood. But they now find themselves drifting apart. Liza is single and recently moved from Cincinnati to Chicago. Molly still lives in Cincy, is married to Daniel and has two kids, ages three and five. One night they attempt to reconnect over video chat. But while Molly's upstairs putting one of the kids back to bed, Liza spots a black-clad figure sneaking in Molly's back door. Liza's shouting ...more
As I sit here having just finished Forget You Know Me, I find myself struggling to write this review. This is my 2nd book by Strawser and this one just didn’t QUITE do it for me. Without getting too far ahead of myself, the last 30% or so is what saved this book for me and earned its 3 star rating.

The blurb sounded great and the beginning started off with a bang with what we find out the Liza witnessed, but in the end, that event really didn’t have much to do with the story. This is a story abo
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Forget You Know Me is the first book I've read by Jessica Strawser and I really enjoyed it, but fair warning - this book is a domestic drama! I would not call this a mystery per say, and definitely not a thriller.

What it's about: Molly and Liza used to be the best of friends but have grown apart since Liza moved away to Chicago. They decide to catch up on a video chat one night, and Liza sees something disturbing after Molly goes to check on her daughter... She ends up driving throu
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Jessica Strawser novel and I've enjoyed them both. Two best friends, Molly and Liza are on skype having a girls night (they live in two different cites). While Molly leaves the room to check on her child, Liza sees an intruder in a mask entering the house. Liza calls the police and then after not hearing from her friend, gets in her car with a close friend of hers and drives to Molly's home where she receives a rather cold reception.

This book is really about relationships - bet
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to St. Martin’s for a gifted copy of Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser. I am glad a skimmed a couple of reviews for this one before I read it. While there is tension, I wouldn’t call it a thriller.

Liza and Molly have been best friends since they were kids. As they have grown up and live in different states, their relationship has become a little strained.

The book opens up with Liza and Molly on Skype, trying their best to catch up. One of Molly’s kids gets out of bed during the call
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

Each character has something they hide from another character and actually from themselves.

We first meet Liza and Molly the night of their long overdue Skype chat that was to bring them close again, but the chat turned everything sour.

Another question is what was going on between Molly and her husband that she couldn’t tell him or even call him about the scary incident that Liza had seen?

An answer might be that there were a lot of things happening in Molly and Daniel's life that were not being a
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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 new in paperback), and A MILLION REASONS WHY, forthcoming in March 2021 (all from St. Martin's Press). She is Editor-at-Large for Writer’s Digest and a contributing editor for Career Authors, and her wo ...more

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