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Jessica Strawser is an American editor, reader, speaker, dreamer and author of suspense, thriller and women's fiction novels.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she attended the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in Ohio University, before launching a career in publishing that would stretch for almost two decades.

Jessica is a regular speaker at book clubs, libraries, writing conferences, and any other events that invite her.

She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and their two children.

Jessica is a proud member of Women's Fiction Writers Association, and a regular Tall Poppy Writer.

More about Jessica Strawser

Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Women's Fiction

United States


Non Series

  • Almost Missed You (2017)
  • Not That I Could Tell (2018)
  • Forget You Know Me (2019)
  • A Million Reasons Why (2021)
  • The Next Thing You Know (2022)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Almost Missed You

Violet and Finn made the perfect couple.

Brought together by fate, they got married and had a lovely boy together three years later.

So when they leave for their first family holiday, things couldn’t be more perfect for Violet.

Everything however changes when Finn shockingly takes off with their son, leaving Violet behind.

Did she really know her husband?

Caitlin and Finn have been the best of friends for the longest time.

So when Finn, who is being hunted by the police, shows up at her doorstep seeking refuge, Caitlin is forced to welcome him, as Finn has a secret that could ruin her family.

This is a book about love, treachery and deadly secrets.

Author: Jessica Strawser
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1250107619
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Not That I Could Tell

When a group of women congregate around a bonfire one Saturday night in a tiny Ohio town, equipped with enough wine, they are relieved to finally be away from their children.

One of them however mysteriously vanishes.

A friendly mother of twins, a college administrator, and the wife of a doctor, nobody seems to know what happened to Kristin.

Given that she was in the middle of a divorce, her husband Paul is at the heart of the investigation.

From neighbor Clara to newbie Izzy, investigations only bring up more unanswered questions.

Do the members of the community really know each other as much as they claim?

Author: Jessica Strawser
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1250107893
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Forget You Know Me

The friendship between Molly and Liza has been solid for the longest time, so much that it only grew stronger after Molly married Daniel.

But when Liza left town, the friendship and the marriage grew tense.

So when Daniel travels on business, Molly and Liza attempt to revive their friendship via a warm, lengthy video chat.

However, when Molly momentarily leaves to attend to her crying child, what Liza witnesses terrifies her.

Driving all night, Liza arrives to be with Molly, only to receive a cold welcome.

Molly won’t accept what happened. She also isn’t willing to open up to her husband.

So how long will they keep pretending?

Author: Jessica Strawser
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1250252975
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
A Million Reasons Why

A successful career; a beautiful marriage; three lovely children; and a supportive extended family: life is perfect for Caroline. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

An irreparable kidney problem; a failing marriage; and forced to deal with the death of her darling mother and dear best friend: Sela’s life is a living hell.

But despite her agony, her biggest concern is about her two-year-old son.

What will become of him in the event that she fails to find a compatible donor?

Two complete strangers are united by a mail-in DNA test.

A dream came true for one, while a nightmare unfolded for the other.

Author: Jessica Strawser
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1250620484
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
The Next Thing You Know

As an end-of-life doula, Nova Huston’s job—her calling, her purpose, her life—is to help terminally ill people make peace with their impending death. Unlike her business partner, who swears by her system of checklists, free-spirited Nova doesn’t shy away from difficult clients: the ones who are heartbreakingly young, or prickly, or desperate for a caregiver or companion.

When Mason Shaylor shows up at her door, Nova doesn’t recognize him as the indie-favorite singer-songwriter who recently vanished from the public eye. She knows only what he’s told her: That life as he knows it is over. His deteriorating condition makes playing his guitar physically impossible—as far as Mason is concerned, he might as well be dead already.

Author: Jessica Strawser
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09FHFWP5M
Publisher: St. Martin's Press