February 19, 2019

Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser

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I'm sad, because I haven't had a book let me down this much in a while. Recently I read and reviewed Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser and absolutely adored it, so I couldn't wait to jump into this one. Unfortunately, this domestic drama fell unbelievably flat for me. 

Best friends Molly and Liza are trying to keep their friendship going after Liza moved away to Chicago, so they set up a Skype date to catch up. When Molly steps out during the call to check on her child, Liza sees a masked figure enter the house. After a frantic call to the police, she is reassured it's nothing, and has the door slammed in her face after driving all night to check on her friend. Was Liza imagining the whole thing? Why is Molly giving her the cold shoulder? What is Molly hiding, and will their friendship ever be the same again?

For me, this book dragged from almost the beginning. After the masked figure incident, the plot slowed down to a snail's pace. It had such promise at the beginning, but jumped the shark early on. There were way too many side stories to keep track of, and I didn't find myself invested in the characters at all (except maybe Liza's love life). I actually dreaded picking up this book in the evenings because I didn't want to read it, but I felt like I owed it to both the book and the author to finish it. I literally screamed "ARE YOU KIDDING ME" at the reveal at the end, because I couldn't believe I wasted so much time for that ending. 

I know, I'm rarely this scathing in reviews. I adore more books than not, and I rarely dislike one enough to give it one star (although I have had a few 1 star reviews on this blog). This read seems like a novice attempt at a novel when compared to Not That I Could Tell. Unfortunately, I had no other option here when it came to rating.

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars

Thanks so much to St. Martin's Press for an early copy of this read! Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser is out now.

8 comments:

Jo Linsdell said...

Oh wow. I hope you're next read is better.

Cheyenne Reads said...

This one was on my TBR! Such a shame it wasn't any good :(

Nikki Saturday Nite Reader said...

Bummer! I will not be reading this one.

DJ Sakata said...

Yikes - I appreciate your honest reviews - these are difficult to write

Katelynne Lawson said...

Yikes! I’ll avoid this one. I enjoyed your review though.

Unknown said...

This makes me so sad. I have this book in my cloud waiting to be read.

Bookworms Corner said...

I hope your next read is far more satisfying. Fantastic review.

Whispering Stories Blog said...

Awe such a shame, especially when you have enjoyed the authors other work.