Almost Missed You, A Spring She Reads Pick!

Cover of Almost Missed You by Jessica StrawserAlmost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 28th, 2017 by St. Martin’s Press
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Almost Missed You is a spring She Reads pick! I received a copy for my honest review.

Almost Missed You is an emotional thriller about marriage, family, secrets, and what it means to really know someone.

The story begins on a beach in Florida. Violet, Finn, and their son Bear are on a beach vacation, soaking up the sun. When it’s time for Bear’s nap, Finn takes him up to the hotel to put him down. After a while, Violet decides to go check on them. When she gets to their room, no one is there, and only her belongings remain. Where have they gone? Where is her son?!

Terrified, betrayed, and living in her worst nightmare, Violet realizes her husband is not the man she thought he was. She would do anything to get her son back.

Told in three perspectives, we go back and forth in Violet and Finn’s timeline trying to figure out how they got to the beach that fateful day.

I sped through this book, trying to decipher Finn’s actions alongside Violet. While the FBI investigate this as a kidnapping, we stagger along with Violet, trying to figure just who the man she married really is.

We follow Finn as he tries to fight his own demons, the ones that drove him to steal his son away, hundreds of miles from home.

We follow Caitlin, one of Finn’s oldest friends, now also good friends with Violet, as she tries to figure out how to deal with the horrible situation that is laid out in front of her.

This book is emotional and gripping, exploring human connection and fate. I really enjoyed reading it, though I felt it was missing a little something to give it staying power. If you like domestic thrillers, give this one a go.

  • techeditor

    I read this book, too. Here’s what I thought of it. All the characters’ problems are because of their lies of ommission.

    Violet’s husband, Finn, has left her
    waiting on the beach while he has taken off with their 3-year-old son.
    She did not see the problems in their marriage that led to this because
    of his lies of omission. And Violet realizes that she, too, kept quiet
    when she should have spoken up.

    Meanwhile, Violet’s and Finn’s
    good friends, Caitlin and George, have hidden problems of their own, not
    to mention Caitlin’s lies of omission that contributed to Violet’s and
    Finn’s troubles. And, like Violet and Finn, Caitlin and George are each
    lying to the other by omission.

    Fans of women’s fiction, which I
    am not, should love ALMOST MISSED YOU. The novel explores, mostly, the two
    couples’ friendships, marriages, and lies of omission that threaten to
    tear it all apart. This subject matter is too soap operaish for me but
    is popular with so many people that the term “women’s fiction” was
    coined just for them.

    So ALMOST MISSED YOU contains lots of
    secrets and lies, and that is essentially it. A story like this doesn’t
    appeal to me. Yes, lots of people would disagree with me. I would have
    disagreed, too, when I was a young adult.