Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

What They Say.....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.

What I Say.....This book had a touch of Big Little Lies in it, and a touch of Karin Slaughter's suspense, adding up to the perfect book club book.

Izzy is new to Yellow Springs and trying to start a new life after some heartbreak.  The neighborhood seems welcoming, and the women on the block take her in, but after a bonfire one night, Izzy finds herself in the middle of a mystery.

Kristin has disappeared, along with her twins.  And Izzy and her mom friends are the last people to se her, but no one has much memory of the night.  I'm not much of a drinker, but doesn't it seem strange that  no one remembers anything?

As Kristin's estranged husband begins hanging around their former home, the women have different ideas about his intentions.  Izzy fights her attraction to Paul, but should she?  Doesn't she deserve to be happy?  And doesn't he if his wife ran away with the kids?

A great read that leaves you wondering how much any of us really know our neighbors and how much are women willing to do to each other in the quest to not end up alone?

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