So many secrets. So much sorrow.
Violet and Finn were “meant to be,” said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can’t help thinking that she can’t believe her luck. Life is good.
So no one is more surprised than she when Finn leaves her at the beach—just packs up the hotel room and disappears. And takes their son with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge that the man she’s shared her life with, she never really knew at all.
Caitlin and Finn have been best friends since way back when, but when Finn shows up on Caitlin’s doorstep with the son he’s wanted for kidnapping, demands that she hide them from the authorities, and threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy her own family if she doesn’t, Caitlin faces an impossible choice.
Told through alternating viewpoints of Violet, Finn and Caitlin, Almost Missed You is a powerful story of a mother’s love, a husband’s betrayal, connections that maybe should have been missed, secrets that perhaps shouldn’t have been kept, and spaces between what’s meant to be and what might have been.
Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser
Published by St. Martin’s Press (March 28, 2017)
Genre: Literary Fiction/Women’s Fiction/Mystery & Suspense
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Kindle, 319 pages
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Review of Almost Missed You
So many secrets. So much sorrow. All between the covers of Almost Missed You.
Jessica Strawser’s début novel, Almost Missed You, wears a plot line woven as finely as a spider spins its web. Intricately written into each of her characters are elements of deceit and lies. It should be noted that often they don’t outright lie. They simply don’t share the truth about certain things.
Of her characters, the one I identified with was Gram, the grandmother of Victoria, the main character (or at least the main one from my perspective). Gram had raised Victoria from childhood and they had a bond as maternal as a natural mother and daughter. Although a somewhat minor character, Gram’s strong love and support see Victoria through a devastating period when her husband and son disappear. I suppose being a mom, grandma, and great-grandma drew me to Gram’s personality and treatment of others.
The other characters were well-developed for their purposes. However, the degree of secrecy among them was astounding. Strawser deftly manages sharing chapter by chapter their individual stories. At times, the switching between characters and story lines left me in a state of vertigo keeping up with who knew which secret. This would be my only critical comment about Almost Missed You.
Strawser’s writing and ability to thread together the various plot lines and characters in this her début novel leaves me a bit jealous as a fellow writer. I highly recommend Almost Missed You if you enjoy a fast-paced book filled with suspense and mystery.
Meet the Author
By day, Jessica Strawser is the Editorial Director of Writer’s Digest magazine, North America’s leading publication fo.r aspiring and working writers since 1920. By night, she is a fiction writer with a debut novel, ALMOST MISSED YOU, forthcoming in 2017 from St. Martin’s Press and another stand-alone novel to follow in 2018. And by the minute, she is a proud wife and mom to two super sweet and super young kids in Cincinnati, Ohio.
A Pittsburgh native and “Outstanding Senior” graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, she counts her New York Times Modern Love essay and her Writer’s Digest cover interviews with such luminaries as Alice Walker, Anne Tyler and David Sedaris among her career highlights.
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