January 23, 2019

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

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Ok guys, this book hit me, and hit me hard. It took me a while to get around to reading it (to the point that I actually had three copies in my possession at once), but now that I have I am so upset at myself for not making it a priority earlier. 

Huge trigger warning on this book for domestic violence, so keep that in mind.

In Yellow Springs, a few neighborhood women get together one night for some drinks around the fire. The next morning, one of them and her children are missing. What happened to Kristen? Did her soon to be ex-husband have anything to do with it? Are her and her twins even alive?

This was absolutely a slow burn book, which usually bothers me, but with this one I was hooked. I loved the two different points of view of Clara and Izzy, interspersed with a third that we can rightly assume is Kristen's. Izzy's radio show segment "Second Date Update" is so similar to one I listen to on the radio every morning! I could really see myself in Izzy's shoes as well, and she reminded me of myself back when I was in my early twenties-sort of just drifting through life, lonely but not really willing to admit it, and struggling in a job she didn't like.

It was pretty clear from the beginning what was happening, and I think it was supposed to be, but there was still a reveal at the end that actually made me drop the book. 

The importance of this book is not to be overlooked, as it really shines a light on domestic violence and the struggles a woman must go through to escape an abusive husband. The story, the characters, and the message were all powerful, and were the perfect level of entertaining while still tackling an important issue facing many women today.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Thanks so much for St. Martin's Press for a finished copy of this read! Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser is out in paperback now, so be sure to pick up a copy!

10 comments:

Susanne said...

This sounds like a fantastic page turner. I need to check it out! :D

Christina Loeffler said...

Beautiful review! Sounds like an emotional read.

Gemma Jackson said...

This sounds like a very intense but powerful read.
Gemma @ www.gemmasbooknook.blogspot.com

DJ Sakata said...

I have a copy of this and haven't gotten to it, you have convinced me to dig it out and read it, pronto!

Floryie said...

It sounds like a great read! though I am hesitant because of the domestic violence. It's not that it is a trigger point but am not in the mood for it right now..But will check it out when I can!

Unknown said...

I'm headed to Amazon to look for this one now. Excellent review!

Amanda McGill said...

Great review! Glad you enjoyed it!

melissa's fandom world said...

Slow burn can be frustrating but some authors just write it down so well. Glad to see you weren’t bothered by the slow burn in this one. It looks like such an interesting read!! Definitely going to add this one to my tbr, thanks for sharing.

Whispering Stories Blog said...

Sounds like a great read. You did make me laugh saying you had three copies at once. Lovely review.

Bookworms Corner said...

I will keep my eyes open for this one. Great review.