Forget You Know Me: A Novel

Forget You Know Me: A Novel

by Jessica Strawser

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ISBN-13: 9781250184467
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 56,279
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

JESSICA STRAWSER is the editorial director of Writer’s Digest magazine and the author of Almost Missed You and Not That I Could Tell. She has written for The New York Times Modern Love, Publishers Weekly and other fine venues, and lives with her husband and two children in Cincinnati.

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Forget You Know Me: A Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Laeljeanne 1 days ago
Liza witnesses, via Skype, a masked man entering her friend’s home while her friend is upstairs tending to a child. She drives all night to make sure she’s okay after her friend doesn’t answer the phone, but Molly, the friend, dismisses the idea that a man came into her house, and she break’s Liza’s heart. Returning home to a life-changing event sends Liza back to her hometown, where no investigation is proceeding for the mystery man. Strawser digs deep into the fears of a married couple in multitudes of trouble, the evolution of friendship, and a reluctant return to one’s roots. She brilliantly intertwines the consequences of the characters’ actions as they rush headlong into premature conclusions. This novel is a great look into love resurrected and the ability to access romantic love after a trauma. Strawser is a talented storyteller. I was fortunate to receive a copy of this wonderful book from the publisher Macmillan through NetGalley.
JHSEsq 2 days ago
Author Jessica Strawser knows how to grab readers' attention immediately. As Forget You Know Me opens, two long-time friends, Molly and Liza, have finally carved out time for a "girls' night" while Molly's husband, David, is away on a business trip. But since Liza lives in Chicago, and Molly resides in Cincinnati, they are getting together via a video call, When Molly leaves the room to check on one of her children, the call captures a shocking and frightening incident that no one was supposed to see. And the ramifications forever change the lives of both women, whose friendship has been strained the past couple of years. Molly's marriage has also become strained. Molly has ensured a series of physical ailments, and instead of those challenges bringing them closer, the emotional distance between has continued to grow. In light of what she sees on the video call, Liza drives all night to be at Molly's side, only to be rebuffed when she arrives. She returns to Chicago convinced that their long friendship is really over. However, when she gets home, she is shocked to find that she has narrowly escaped calamity herself and that only exacerbates Liza's long battle with anxiety. Female friendships are complicated during the best of times. But secrets and lies can signal their death knell, no matter how close and enduring the relationship has been up to that juncture. In Forget You Know Me, neither Liza nor Molly wants their strong bond and shared history to evaporate, but neither of them is sure whether they can regain the closeness they have enjoyed for so many years. What is clear is that they will never be able to carry on unless they are honest with each other. Molly and David have secrets of their own. Forget You Know Me is a contemporary tale of best friends, spouses, and a mother who has become increasingly isolated by pain and her own unwise choices. Strawser has given her characters multiple challenges and complications with which to deal, but expertly pulls the various unpredictable threads of her story lines together in a cohesive, plausible manner. That video call sets in motion a series of actions that, at long last, mean secrets must come to light and relationships must be explored. The characters have each -- in his/her own way -- reached a crisis point individually and collectively. Strawser's portrait of three lead characters under immense pressure unfolds from each one's unique perspective. The result is a compelling and emotionally rich story about the ways in which neglect, indifference, and harbored resentments eat away at relationships. Strawser demonstrates, through her characters' actions, how fear -- of judgment, of consequences, of abandonment -- feeds that erosion. She also illustrates how truth and honesty can heal. Each of Strawser's characters is endearing in his/her own right, but deeply flawed in ways with which readers will readily empathize. Ultimately, Forget You Know Me is entertaining, thought-provoking, and will leave readers feeling hopeful and resolute. Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Readers' Copy of the book.
Selena 2 days ago
Liza and Molly have been friends for their entire lives. They remained very good friends even through marriage and raising children but raising children, of course, took some of the time they spent off their friendship. One day, while video chatting, the girls are talking but Molly has to leave the computer screen to check on the kids. Suddenly Liza sees an intruder in Molly's house. Lisa, terrified calls the police. She also decides to get in her car, with her friend, Max and go to Molly's house to check on her. Molly's husband, Daniel, isn't in town when all of this happens and doesn't find out until the next day, when he came back home. When Liza arrives at Molly’s house, she is greeted by Molly and things get weird. Molly tells Liza that she over-reacted and to go away. The story gets a bit weird after that as it is based more about two friends, their secrets, lies and struggles in life and how damaging those secrets can be that can make everything spin out of control.
AnnieMcDonnell 2 days ago
I thought it was going to be a suspenseful story, which it was not. It was more of a woman’s fiction novel. In that genre I would say it would have done better, but I never knew which way this story was going. It was frustrating. Even what should have grabbed me at the beginning of the story just did not; I got exciting for a few pages, but it did not last long. I was disappointed to say the least. Liza and Molly were not characters that drew me in even as I kept reading. By the end of the book I was given a lesson on relationships, and I guess that was not what I was looking for. But I do not want to say the book was bad, because Strawser is a talented writer, as far as writing skills go. She really made me connect to the scenes. It is truly the story of friendship, love and loyalty. It just was not for me, because it was not what I was expecting.
4840318 4 days ago
As I sit here having just finished Forget You Know Me, I find myself struggling to write this review. This is my 2nd book by Strawser and this one just didn’t QUITE do it for me. Without getting too far ahead of myself, the last 30% or so is what saved this book for me and earned its 3 star rating. The blurb sounded great and the beginning started off with a bang with what we find out the Liza witnessed, but in the end, that event really didn’t have much to do with the story. This is a story about a broken marriage, love and friendship- all the makings of a great women’s fiction novel. But I felt that there was too much disconnect as to what this book is being marketed as and what this book is really about. I found it a bit draggy and there is just SO much going on here, with Liza, Molly and Daniel. Maybe a little too much going on. It was slow and confusing at times, and I often wasn’t sure who the narrator was at the beginning of each chapter until I was a few sentences in. However, once all of the issues started to pick up steam on resolutions, the book started to pick up the pace and I found I that I quite liked the ending. I will definitely be keeping my open for more to come from Strawser, because she can definitely tell a story. Thank you to St. Martins Press for my copy of this book via NetGalley
SL22268 7 days ago
Just "ok" for me... Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an e-ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This one was just "meh" to me. Liza and Molly are childhood friends that now live in different states. They connect one evening on video chat and when Molly leaves the computer for a second to check on her child, Liza sees an intruder. Liza is frantic and scares them away by yelling. Then the screen goes black. Molly ends up unfazed and Lisa panics and goes to visit her friend. In the meantime, Liza suffers a tragedy back home. Lisa and Molly have a falling out - Molly and her husband aren't on good terms - where does this masked intruder come into play?
Caroldaz 7 days ago
Molly and Liza have been best friends for a long time. But their relationship became strained after Molly married and had two children and Liza moved from Cincinnati to Chicago. But then they had a chance to reconnect over Skype but that went very wrong. Molly left the room to attend to a crying child and Liza saw a masked intruder enter Molly’s home and then left realizing he had been seen on screen. Liza and her friend Max, drive all night to Molly’s only to find that Molly is cold and unwelcoming and virtually slams the door in Liza’s face. We then start to learn of many complications in the relationships between Molly and her husband Daniel and between Liza and Molly. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
makeup-your-mind 8 days ago
Mycorrhiza is the symbiotic relationship between the roots of plants and fungi located below the surface. Plants communicate with one another and support the growth of one another and they do this through the vast network of fungi far underground. How does this information relate to this book? In a variety of ways, this book explores the relationships between people and the unseen forces that connect us all. And the wisdom of an ecologist is unmistakable — “many individual problems could be traced to a breakdown in ‘cooperative two-way communication.'” The human themes of connection, communication, forgiveness, fear, shame, hope, and love are explored in a way that is compassionate and universal. Who hasn’t watched helplessly as a relationship has deteriorated, and perhaps even ended? Who hasn’t considered doing something drastic to save said relationship? There are too many observations made by the author that arrow straight to the heart of every human failure and the shame we feel for our shortcomings as well as the hopelessness we feel to change the inevitable outcome. I imagine every reader will find a section to which he or she will relate so deeply it will be as if the author has aimed the words directly at him or her. Much like a loose thread in a woven garment, we pull on whatever we can grasp and watch helplessly as the entire thing unravels. Ultimately, if we want to maintain connection and minimize fear and shame, all of the other feelings must capitulate to love and forgiveness. It’s a story of hope, though the twists and turns along the way will leave the reader gasping for mercy, unsure of the direction this tale will take. Personally, I was awed and inspired by the journey.
paulalala09 8 days ago
Intense! Simply intense! What a fabulous, twisting, nerve wracking novel Forget You Know Me turned out to be. Secrets abound and fears mount for Molly, Daniel and Liza as they traverse rocky and treacherous ground. Each of them is dealing (poorly) with events that have happened to them separately. It all begins when Liza sees a stranger in Molly’s house while they are video chatting and goes downhill fast from there. The real question is whether any of them will face their dilemmas and seek solutions before it all gets too far out of hand.
bookluvr35SL 9 days ago
Two best-friend on a long overdue video chat..... Molly has to leave the room when her daughter cries out for her, and Liza sits there patiently waiting. Then a stranger dressed in black with a black ski mask crosses in front of Molly's computer. Liza screams to alert Molly, and the stranger comes over and silently shuts the computer off. This book had me from the description. It was completely unlike anything I have read lately, and it was well written and enjoyable. It started off a little slow, but once it picked up I didn't want to put it down. Definitely a must-read!
TropicalDelusions 9 days ago
Forget You Know Me – Jessica Strawser I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review. Liza and Molly were best friends all through childhood, and well into adulthood. But marriage, children and a move all have a way of creating distance, so the girls have arranged a girl’s night out via computer. When Molly goes to check on a crying child, Liza, through her webcam, sees a masked assailant enter Molly’s home. Frightened, she yells at him to stop, and he closes the computer. Liza, terrified for her friend’s safety, drives several hours to check on Molly personally. When she arrives at her home, she finds Molly, cold and aloof, and denying that anything took place. Hurt, and puzzled, Liza returns home only to find her apartment building has been destroyed by fire, throwing her into a mental debate about fate and chance. This novel, told in the third person, chronicles the friendship of the girls, as well as the ups and downs of Molly’s marriage to her husband Daniel. As each relationship has grown apart, and each individual has developed what seem like insurmountable personal obstacles, they find hope and strength in the bonds of friendship and love to overcome, flourish, and re-discover the true meaning of love, commitment and second chances. This is my second read by author Jessica Strawser, and it will not be my last. Filled with love, regrets, a touch of drama and second chances, this a book that women readers can take to heart. A sweet, heart-warming story!!
Persephonereads 9 days ago
4.75 Stars I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher St. Martin's Press. Molly and Liza have been friends for most of their lives. They grew up together in Cincinnati but after Liza moves to Chicago and Molly gets married they begin to slowly drift apart. Trying desperately to reconnect the two woman plan a Skype date. Molly's husband is out of town so this is a perfect idea, until things start to go terrible wrong. For one thing the women struggle to find anything to really bond about. Liza finds Molly to be cold and distant. She doesn't seem to want to connect. As Molly gets up to tend to her daughter Nori Liza finds herself trying to figure out why she is even trying to salvage this relationship she sees something frightening pop up on screen. A masked man in black appears in the frame. As Liza tries calling Molly and screams her name the man walks calmly to the computer and closes the screen. Freaked out Liza calls 911 but still not feeling okay she decides to drive to Cincinnati. She knows that she will not rest until she sees Molly for herself. Molly is fine but her response to Liza however is not very nice. and in fact she is angry and sends Liza away! Things don't get any better for Liza because after arriving home she finds that her apartment building had a fire and she is the only survivor. Dealing with survivor's guilt and anxiety Liza moves back to Cincinnati. Living with her brother and sister in law she finds herself becoming obsessed with death. While LIza is working through everything that has happened, including the end of her friendship Molly finds her life falling apart. In constant pain and desperate to find something to help she has gotten herself into trouble financially, emotionally and her marriage seems to be slipping away. Told through the POV of Molly, Liza and Molly's husband Daniel this novel tells the story of desperation,anxiety and grief over the loss of relationships. I think that many people will come into this book thinking it is a thriller but it is more of a character study. Some of these topics hit home. I lost a lot of items in a house fire so I totally understood the feeling of anxiety and loss. I would recommend this novel to just about everyone.
KerryACroucier 9 days ago
I enjoyed Jessica Strawser’s third novel as much as I did her first two. As with the first two, Forget You Know Me focuses on relationships and friendships with a bit of suspense. Strawser combines these elements to create a solid contemporary or women’s fiction novel. I enjoyed the character development and the interactions of the main characters, both with each other and the secondary characters that are in their lives. Liza and Molly are well-developed and multi-faceted characters as is their friendship. Strawser explores the characters and how they have changed as individuals as each has followed their own path in life. She also delves into how their individual changes, combined with time and distance, have impacted their friendship. I have enjoyed following Strawser on her publishing journey and am really excited to see where the next stop takes us. #BloomReads #TallPoppyWriter #ForgetYouKnowMe #StMartinsPress
357800 9 days ago
Well darn..... ...A strong startling beginning exposing a masked intruder (no spoiler here) sparked my interest, but my attention quickly waned as the storyline redirects the fear of what's about to happen to a wordy mediocre work of women's fiction surrounding a troubled marriage and broken friendship with too many unnecessary side stories. ...I grew bored with Molly and Daniel posthaste; but enjoyed Liza's story, her relationship with Henry the pilot and the excellent plot connection to her near miss life threatening experience. ...Overall, FORGET YOU KNOW ME was a bit of a tedious read (for me), but does peak my interest of where this author might go next.....perhaps a true thriller.
Deana3452 9 days ago
I was so excited to get an advance copy of Forget You Know Me coming out in 2019. The premise sounded so good. Two friends, Liza and Molly have let life come in between them and are finally making time to have a "girl's night" even though it's just through the computer. Liza has moved away from her hometown and has a career in Chicago, while Molly has stayed home in the suburbs raising a family. While video chatting, Molly goes to see what one of her children want and while Liza waits, she sees a masked man entering the house. She yells at him and he shuts the computer screen down. Frantic, Liza has no idea what is happening to her friend. She contacts the local police and then finally learns that Molly is okay. However, Molly is tight lipped about the encounter and brushes Liza off about it. This is what the book promised the story was about but it was about so much more. Liza has a tragedy of her own that forces her to make big changes. Now, she doesn't have Molly to talk to about it since they are kind of on the outs regarding Molly's attitude about the intruder Liza saw. There are also more plots in the story and overall it all tied together nicely. In some ways, the story being about more was a good thing, but not when the description made it sound like the intruder part was really going to be the bulk of the story. Also, the title made me think that, too. However, there was a small surprise in the book, which I won't spoil. The only thing is I think the book should be marketed less of a thriller and more of just domestic or women's fiction. That way, it would tell you more of what to expect. I know I sound let down, but I really wasn't overall. It kept my interest enough to keep going, I am very grateful to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity.
CLynnT 10 days ago
Liza and Molly have always been very involved in each other’s lives until Liza moves to Chicago. As time goes by, Molly shares less and less with Liza. After a terrifying event where Liza swears Molly’s life is in danger, Liza is shocked to realize Molly really doesn’t want her in her life anymore. Something else is going on here, and Liza refuses to toss years of friendship to the curb. The book transitions away from a thriller, doing a beautiful job of developing the characters, their flaws and strengths. Why is Molly so fixated on her neighbor? Is her heart in the right place, trying to help him with his daughter? And Daniel, the typical carousing young working man, who couldn’t resist temptation and thinks every day is the day Molly finds out and rips him to shreds. Liza is the strength, the island in the stream, and maybe the only hope Molly may have to save her family from falling apart. A bit slow at times and confusing to follow the actual plot, but this book was still an enjoyable read that I wanted to finish. (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for making it available.)
Anonymous 10 days ago
Liza and Molly have been friends for many years and live about an hour apart. Molly is married to Daniel and is the mother of two children. Since Liza and Molly have not seen one another in quite some time, they decide to have a Skype chat one night when Daniel is out of town on business. When Molly is interrupted to check on one of the children, Liza is shocked to see a man come in the back door. He is dressed in black and wearing a mask. Then, he sees Lisa on the computer screen and closes it. Terrified for her friend, she calls the police and calls her friend, Max, to go with her to check on her friend because Molly is not answering the phone and the police won’t tell her anything. When she gets there, Molly acts very standoffish to Liza and denies that anyone came into the house. Hurt and worried, Liza returns home only to find her building has been burned down. Having lost everything in the fire, Liza decides to move in with her brother and sister-in-law for a short time while she finds a job and a place to live. The story continues with…nonsense. I don’t know if I have read so many thrillers that I have become jaded, but this book offered me nothing. The beginning scene made me think that I was going to read a really good thriller. Nope. The rest of the book was just chatter. Nothing to see here, Folks, so just move along. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
diane92345 11 days ago
After what appears to be an emergency occurs, why would a friend ask another to Forget You Know Me? Liza and Molly are best friends since childhood. But when Liza moves to Chicago and Molly marries and has two children, they slowly drift apart. They finally get together through Facetime for a girl’s night. When Molly steps away to quiet her daughter, Liza sees a masked man come into Molly’s home. When she tries to warn Molly, the man abruptly closes Molly’s laptop. Liza calls the local police who find no hint of an intruder. But why is Molly acting so strangely? Forget You Know Me is about the lies people tell themselves and each other. It is a slow simmer of a tale. While I enjoyed it, the book moved a bit too slow for me especially in the middle. However, if pacing isn’t a concern for you, the plot is well worth reading. 3 stars. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
bamcooks 12 days ago
A nicely-written novel about relationships. Don't be mislead to believe that this is a suspense thriller--it is not. And that can be a disappointment. Yes, it begins with a creepy botched break-in caught on Skype but that is just a lead-in to an examination of these characters and their relationship problems. I couldn't connect with either of the main characters, Liza or Molly. How Molly acted at first was just bizarre. I'm not sure I could have forgiven her if I were her friend. My favorite characters were some of the secondary ones, such as the sister-in-law Stephanie and male friends, Rick and Max. The deep fears caused by secret debt was well depicted but I would have liked to have seen some resolution to the problem. I received an arc of the book from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review. Many thanks!
SilversReviews 13 days ago
Each character has something they hide from another character and actually from themselves. We first meet Liza and Molly the night of their long overdue Skype chat that was to bring them close again, but the chat turned everything sour. Another question is what was going on between Molly and her husband that she couldn’t tell him or even call him about the scary incident that Liza had seen? An answer might be that there were a lot of things happening in Molly and Daniel's life that were not being addressed, and it had nothing to do with what happened in the Skype chat. The tension mounted as we learn more about what was going on with everyone and how cunning and sneaky some of the characters were. If you enjoy personal drama, seeing how any type of relationship can fall apart, characters that are somewhat believable, secrets, and a story line that will have you thinking about the situations and choices the characters made long after you turn the last page, then FORGET YOU KNOW ME will be a book you won't want to miss. I do have to say that the book dragged on a bit too long, but it didn't affect the read. I still enjoyed the book and the revelations at the end. 4/5 This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
CynB 13 days ago
Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser is a wonderful, highly readable, and captivating novel. It is NOT a thriller, although there are elements of suspense. Relationships and character drive the plot, and at the center are two women who have been best friends since childhood. Adulthood, however, has forced them apart, both geographically and emotionally, and much of the focus is on their attempts to bridge the gap. Each is dealing with different crisis of enormous proportions. Can they heal their friendship enough to help each other? And, can they do it in time to avoid disaster? Just as in real life, Strawser places each of her main characters within complex webs of relationships including spouses, friends, family, etc. and each action has consequences that reverberate through these networks. She provides of vivid account of the interconnectivity of all of us. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am mulling over various plot points and characters. A book you can’t quite leave is definitely worth the read! Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an electronic ARC in exchange for an honest review.
LouiseFoerster 14 days ago
In her third novel, Strawser tells the story of transition. A marriage, a lifelong friendship, romantic and other relationships shimmer, strain, and transform under the pressure of secrets, of hidden problems, and the assumptions and habits that serve to streamline complicated lives and to muffle what is real, what is most essential, and human. This is domestic thriller, as fraught and suspenseful as any--however, this story is poised, smart, and insightful about the lives that most of us lead, proud and shamed, powerful and guilty. I cherished the celebration of the beauties and rhythm of Ohio, not glamorous, but as real, poetic, and moving as any other place, any other time. The characters are marvelously well-wrought, complex and appealing, neither all good nor all bad; everyone is allowed to be real. A particular strength of Strawser's work is her ability to write believable children, in all their wondrous, exhausting glory. Time after time, I found myself pausing over a poignant moment, over a throwaway piece of profound wisdom: "She couldn't think of anything that was actually improved by becoming more conventional." Ms. Strawser is nowhere near conventional with her taut, wonderful book. Were I to make a prediction, this story is a transitional point for her, establishing herself as smart, insightful, compassionate, and wonderfully gifted as any storyteller.
TheBookBag 14 days ago
Best friends. Friends who would do anything for each other, who have been there for each other for years. And then slowly they drift apart. Until one night when these friends need each other more than they ever have. But it just might be too late. Secrets. Secrets from your best friend, secrets from your spouse. All those secrets. And with secrets, comes danger. Forget You Know Me hooked me from the very first chapter as I tried to wrap my head around the cause of the estrangement of these two best friends and what all of the secrecy was about. This was definitely a page-turner for me as I watched Molly and Liza struggle with their friendship and their complicated lives. This is a story that had me thinking about it long after I closed the pages of the book. Jessica Strawser was a new-to-me author and but she has now become one of my must-read authors
lauriesophee 14 days ago
An interesting novel about friendship, love and trust. These three qualities are the foundations of good relationships. However; when doubt creeps in, these three valuable qualities will fall away. People change. People back away. This book tells how four people work through insecurities to reunite in friendship and family. I read this book in a day as I needed to find out exactly what each chapter held and how would these characters survive. Most definitely a women's fiction story that most will enjoy and a quick read.
Fredreeca2001 14 days ago
Liza and Molly have been friends since they were children. They have drifted apart in recent years because well, basically life happens. Liza now lives in Chicago and Molly lives in Cincinnati. These two decide to try and rekindle their friendship over a Skype call and a glass of wine. When Molly leaves the call for a few minutes to check on the children, Liza sees a masked intruder enter Molly’s home. After a 911 call and a long drive to Cincinnati, Molly is rude to Liza and this leaves Liza to question exactly what is going on. This story starts with a bang. Then it begins a slow paced tale about family and friends relationships. Not only is Molly’s relationship with Liza on the brink, so is her relationship with her husband, Daniel. Their marriage has its share of past hurts and damages. I will be honest, I am not a huge fan of Molly. I did not like how she treated Liza at the beginning. The story itself is much slower than I like. Plus, I felt the characters could have been more in-depth. After the scene with the mask intruder, that is pretty much it for thriller section. This is more about friendship and family. I received this novel from St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley for a honest review.