Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 28th, 2017 by St. Martin’s Press
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.
Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.