Review: Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser
Published: March 28, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 5/5

 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.

My Thoughts
In Almost Missed You the age old question of…do you really ever know someone is brought to light. We meet Violet and Finn whom we think are soulmates and we see their love story come to life but soon we realize their story doesn’t have a fairytale ending.

Finn kidnaps their son while on vacation and we learn through alternating chapters how this all came about and we meet Caitlin, Finn’s oldest and dearest friend and her secrets and how she is dragged into this saga. You feel for Violet who loves her son more than life itself. However her life is destroyed more and more each time she realizes that the man she loves isn’t the person she thought he was. Can you imagine finding out your significant other was even possible to do such things?

I fully enjoyed this story it made me weep for Violet and I was angry at Finn for his actions when really he should’ve been a man and just expressed his feelings to his wife. I didn’t think what he was going through was something that he had to drag his son into. It was a quick read with lots of secrets and twist and turns that had me wanting more. This is one read that I wasn’t able to put down!

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