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Not That I Could Tell

(2018)
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'Fans of Liane Moriarty will adore Jessica Strawser' Kate Moretti

Ever wonder what your friends really think of you?

Drinks in hand, a group of neighbourhood women gather around a fire pit to enjoy a rare child-less Saturday night. Giddy with freedom, they drink too much, share secrets they wish, perhaps, they hadn't, and enjoy getting to know each other better.


The single newcomer. The imperfect mom. The new-born parents. The military wife. The almost divorcee.

Come Monday Morning, one of them is gone.

Everyone knows something about everyone else in the small town of Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance. Kristin was a sociable mother, school administrator, and doctor's wife who didn't seem all that bothered by her impending divorce. When the investigation launches, it turns up more questions than answers - with her soon-to-be-ex-husband, Paul at the centre.

For her closest neighbour, Clara, the incident triggers memories she thought she'd put behind her. As the town's scrutiny turns in on her, her own suspicions about what really happened that night quickly grow.
Meanwhile, the neighbourhood's newest addition, Izzy, is determined not to jump to any conclusions.


But across the lawns, appearances can be deceiving, and the most beautiful houses can hide the ugliest secrets.





A truly gripping domestic thriller of friendship, manipulation and betrayal that fans of Desperate Housewives, The Family Next Door and Liane Moriarty's HBO hit Big Little Lies have been waiting for.

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What readers are saying

'Twisty and engrossing, this is one thriller you don't want to miss!'

'I was gripped and glued to the page'

'I was drawn into the story from the first page and felt like these women were MY friends'

'What a clever page-turner with some great character dynamics and a few twisties that sucked me in and kept me guessing through to the end'

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"In Jessica Strawser’s sophomore novel, Not That I Could Tell, we’re transported to Yellow Springs, Ohio?a charming small town, and the sort of place where neighbors are friends and nothing terrible ever happens. Until a woman and her children go missing and the residents of Yellow Springs realize they don’t know their neighbors as well as they thought. As the lies build and secrets unravel, you’ll probably stay up too late to finish the book as it speeds toward an edge-of-your-seat conclusion. Ultimately a story about the power of instincts and the strength of women, Not That I Could Tell is full of satisfying suspense and one to add to your 'must-read' list!" - Karma Brown

"In NOT THAT I COULD TELL, Strawser has wrapped a mystery into the fabric of a tightly knit community. When Kristin, recently separated from her husband, leaves in the middle of the night after a night of drinking with her girlfriends, her neighbors can't help but wonder: did she leave of her own accord? Or if she simply ran away, why? When her soon-to-be-ex moves back into their house, and more secrets about Kristin are revealed, her friends begin to question whether they knew anything about her at all. Well-drawn characters, a perfectly cast neighborhood and a great puzzle; what more could you want in your next read?" - Catherine McKenzie

"In NOT THAT I COULD TELL, Strawser tackles the secrets of suburbia, domestic abuse, and friendship in a gripping story about a neighboring family gone missing. The characters are unique, engaging, and relatable and the ending is both surprising and poignant. Fans of Liane Moriarty will adore Jessica Strawser; she’s a huge talent!" - Kate Moretti


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July 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Not That I Could Tell (Thorndike Press Large Print Women's Fiction)
Author(s): Jessica Strawser
ISBN: 1-4328-5112-8 / 978-1-4328-5112-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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April 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Not That I Could Tell
Author(s): Jessica Strawser
ISBN: 1-4736-8219-3 / 978-1-4736-8219-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: H&S Fiction
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March 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Not That I Could Tell: A Novel
Author(s): Jessica Strawser
ISBN: 1-250-10788-1 / 978-1-250-10788-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Paperback Editions

April 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Not That I Could Tell: A Novel
Author(s): Jessica Strawser
ISBN: 1-250-77088-2 / 978-1-250-77088-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Not That I Could Tell: The page-turning domestic drama
Author(s): Jessica Strawser
ISBN: 1-4736-8221-5 / 978-1-4736-8221-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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January 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Not That I Could Tell
Author(s): Jessica Strawser
ISBN: 1-250-10789-X / 978-1-250-10789-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Griffin
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Not That I Could Tell: The page-turning domestic drama
Author(s): Jessica Strawser
ISBN: 1-4736-8220-7 / 978-1-4736-8220-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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Audio Editions

March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Not That I Could Tell: A Novel
Author(s): Jessica Strawser
ISBN: 1-4272-9301-5 / 978-1-4272-9301-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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March 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Not That I Could Tell: A Novel
Author(s): Jessica Strawser
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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March 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Not That I Could Tell: A Novel
Author(s): Jessica Strawser
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Not That I Could Tell: A Novel
Author(s): Jessica Strawser
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Not That I Could Tell: The page-turning domestic drama
Author(s): Jessica Strawser
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


March 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Not That I Could Tell: A Novel
Author(s): Jessica Strawser
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA