It has been a while since I last posted a review. I’ve been very busy with a quick trip to the U.K. for a wedding, some unforeseen health issues, and a very busy few weeks at work. I promise I haven’t stopped reading, I just haven’t had time to write and post any reviews for the books I’ve read. I’m actually still pretty much on track for my goal – at least according to Goodreads.
The most recent book I’ve finished is called Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser. Strawser is an editor at Writer’s Digest and already quite an accomplished author. She has previously published Almost Missed You, and has another book called Forget You Know Me coming out early next year. She had written for the New York Times and Publishers Weekly. Check out her website here.
I saw Not That I Could Tell on the Instagram page of a book subscription box that I’ve written about before called Book of the Month. Strawser’s book was chosen as one of the monthly selections, and when I read the synopsis, I knew it was right up my alley.
NTICT is about a group of women who live on the same street. When one of their neighbours disappears, the women start to consider that they never really knew their supposed friend at all. Rather than being a thriller, I found that this book was really more of an exploration of friendship and community. The characters do truly like each other, but have also been brought together by circumstance, and many of them have secrets that they’ve kept from one another. It was interested to see the character’s opening up throughout the story.
There are a few books I would compare NTICT to. The first is another book that I read this year called Other People’s Houses (you can read my review here). OPH is also about a community of women coming together in the aftermath of an unexpected event. Where OPH is funny and lighthearted, NTICT is a bit darker and explores some genuinely upsetting and difficult subjects. That being said, NTICT is still quite funny and quirky. The characters each have their own surprising qualities and tendencies, and they are very unique and different from one another.
The second book I would compare it to is (drumroll please) Big Little Lies. I think Big Little Lies has the upper hand in this comparison because it really made this genre of book popular, but NTICT is a great story about women helping women as well.
One of my favourite parts of NTICT was the way one character’s strenuous relationship with her family was depicted. It was refreshing to see such an honest interpretation of how families function. Things aren’t always going to be sunshine and rainbows, and the way the author used humour and wit to show how complicated families can be was exactly what I like.
If you liked this book you should also try:
- Big Little Lies
- Other People’s Houses