Almost Missed You- Jessica Strawser

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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.

Release Date: 28th March, 2017

 4-star

What I think?

4 all the wrong people stars

This book was amazing. Hear me out-

We’ve all read love stories, where a dozen different coincidences happen for our protagonists to end up where they are, and then the story (usually) ends with the two of them riding off into sunset.

But I have always wondered what happens after the sunset?

I know I am not the only one.

This book starts where another story has already taken place- Finn and Violet are already together. They already have a child they adore and are very much in love.

At least that what Violet believes.

They are at a vacation. She falls asleep on the beach one afternoon thinking how lucky she is, and how everything is right in the world. And when she wakes up-

Everything is gone.

Her life as she knew it. Her husband. And her Bear cub, her son.

All gone.

Here begins the book.

It’s a chase from there on wards- not exactly a literal one, but a figurative one for knowledge, for facts to know where exactly everything went so horribly wrong in their marriage, that her husband had to run away with their child.

Three people.

Two secrets.

Two families, and three children.

All on the line, because someone finally broke from the pressure of their past.

You gotta read this book to know how brilliantly the author has portrayed everything. Her writing style was impeccable and beautiful- with just the right kind of vague tone that is a necessity in a mystery book. I have to say, this is one of my first mystery books in years, because the suspense gets so strong that I just read the ending to know the finale. But the Miss. Jessica kept me hooked right up till the very end. And that ending! I love love love that ending!

“This was why he’d failed to walk away from their son, even when he could no longer bring himself to stay, even when there was nowhere else to go.”

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author:

By day, Jessica Strawser is the Editorial Director of Writer’s Digest magazine, North America’s leading publication for 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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