Molly and Liza have always been enviably close. Even after Molly married Daniel, the couple considered Liza an honorary family member. But after Liza moved away, things grew more strained than anyone wanted to admit―in the friendship and the marriage.
Strawser is a clear master of the craft, drawing together a plot that seems at once impossible and fully believable. The novel’s pulsing anxiety continues through the triple narration from Liza, Molly, and Molly’s husband, Daniel. This is not a straight-up thriller; the multiple domestic subplots and sometimes-leisurely pace may deter some readers. However, the tapestry of story and character will lure book clubs and lovers of emotionally complex fiction.
The question of whether you’ll enjoy this book depends largely upon your expectations when you start reading. If you’re looking for the next twisty psychological thriller, you might be disappointed. Forget You Know Me does contain a few good twists, but they’re not what really stood out to me. Instead, the novel’s greatest strength lies in the ever-changing relationships between the characters; so if you’re looking for a novel that takes an unflinching look at what it really means to be a good friend, this just might be the book for you ... Both Molly and Liza are well-drawn, incredibly relatable characters ... a story that celebrates love and friendship in all their many forms. The suspense is compelling, and the author manages to strike the perfect balance between the action-packed scenes and those that are more introspective.
Author Jessica Strawser is known for her slow-burn intrigue, and no more so than in Forget You Know Me. The burning question is: Who was the masked intruder? Any number of plausible possibilities present themselves, but the answer will blindside you ... This book is not just fiction, not just about a marriage crumbling and a friendship at risk. It’s about how life unfolds, the traps in which we find ourselves, and the choices we make.