#FuturisticFriday Review: Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

Photo Credit: St. Martin’s Press

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Not That I Could Tell

Summary: 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.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

When I got Jessica Strawser’s second book, Not That I Could Tell, in the mail- happy dances happened all the way back from the mailbox. I loved, no LOVED, Almost Missed You and could not wait for the 2nd book (especially after Jessica did a cover reveal on Facebook!)

What I liked:

The cover. The firepit. The wine glasses. The Adirondack chairs. The purples and blues swirling together. Honestly, this looked like a great night to be part of…. till you notice those burned edges that hint at something darker.

The setting. This is a neighborhood that nothing goes wrong. It’s a PTA, bake sale, mommy life full of smiles neighborhood. Till you realize that secrets are lurking.

The ending. I will say no more. But it’s good.


Bottom line: While this one did not quite knock Almost Missed You off as my fave Jessica book- it came close. It has TONS going for it and I eagerly anticipate Jessica’s 3rd book.


*Not That I Could Tell was sent to Traveling With T by St. Martin’s Press for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*

**Not That I Could Tell is a March #FuturisticFriday selection of Traveling With T’s.**


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T



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