Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser
Publish Date : 3/27/2018
Rating : ⭐️⭐️
I received an advanced copy of Not That I Could Tell from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Summary from Goodreads:
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 Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance. Kristin was a sociable twin mom, college administrator, and doctor’s wife who didn’t seem all that bothered by her impending divorce—and the investigation turns up more questions than answers, with her husband, Paul, at the center. For her closest neighbor, Clara, the incident triggers memories she thought she’d put behind her—and when she’s unable to extract herself from the widening circle of scrutiny, her own suspicions quickly grow. But the neighborhood’s newest addition, Izzy, is determined not to jump to any conclusions—especially since she’s dealing with a crisis of her own.
As the police investigation goes from a media circus to a cold case, the neighbors are forced to reexamine what’s going on behind their own closed doors—and to ask how well anyone really knows anyone else.
I wanted to love this. Something had told me not to pick it for my book of the month and I didn’t. But then when I saw it on Netgalley available to review I decided I had to!
Let’s start with the comparison to Big Little Lies. Yes, and no. Marketing this book this way was a huge let down to me. Big Little Lies was one of my favorites I read last year. This fell really short for me. It had everything to make it good but it didn’t work. I think at first it started with the mystery and feels of Big Little Lies but it fell short really quick.
I wasn’t quite bought into the characters. I felt that almost 80% of the book was unnecessary talking about every day life that had really nothing to bring to the story. I wish Hallie would have had a larger part. That may have given more to the mystery. And who cares about Penny and Josh? That story line didn’t add much to anything.
With all the negatives, I did enjoy the end, kind of. The ending of Izzy’s portion left me dissatisfied. I wanted more. BUT the ending with Clara was pretty good and a twist I didn’t see coming.
I feel like this story will be enjoyed by many but not just by me. Don’t let my review deter you because I noticed that many others have liked the book. I think I was just anticipating more and it never came. I just feel like I got a ton of unnecessary dialogue. I wish I could say more but I can’t.