If you have room to spare in your pool bag this summer, you’ll want to add Jessica Strawser’s debut novel, Almost Missed You.

All I can say is WOW! This book is intense. Violet seemed to have a perfect life with the perfect husband and their precious little boy, Bear. But while on a family vacation, Violet’s perfect life is obliterated when her husband, Finn, leaves her at the beach and takes Bear with him. Finn doesn’t leave any clues, and the police don’t have any leads.

Book Recommendation: Almost Missed You

About the Story

This story is told from three viewpoints: Violet, Finn, and Caitlin, who is friends with both Violet and Finn. It’s also told from two points in time: the past, when Violet and Finn first met, then lost touch, then reconnected; and the present, when Violet is trying to figure out why Finn would leave her and take Bear.

It may sound like it would be difficult to follow, with the various POVs and altering settings, but it wasn’t. The author wove the story together flawlessly, and the different POVs and settings added depth to the characters and suspense to the plot.

There were several times when I was reading this book that I had to put it down and go hug my children (like the point when Violet is sobbing in Bear’s bed while clinging to his little blanket and stuffed animals). But the book wasn’t so emotionally draining that I wanted to stop reading. There’s no way I could have! This book was too suspenseful, and I HAD to know how it was going to end and why Finn did what he did.

The author’s second book, Not That I Could Tell, recently came out, and it is towards the top of my ever-growing To Be Read list. I’m looking forward to reading more books from Jessica Strawser.

Top 5 Reasons Why I Liked Almost Missed You:

    1. The themes: Motherhood, female friendships, family secrets… its Women’s Fiction at its best!
    2. The blackmailing. You can be sure I’ll like a story if blackmail is involved.
    3. Unique approach to telling the story. The two time frames worked so much better than endless backstory.
    4. I loved “seeing” Fate work its magic in the lives of Violet, Finn and Caitlin.
    5. All of the revelations. So many secrets, so many lies… too many revelations to count.

I’d love to hear what you thought about this book, if you’ve read it. Have you read any similar books? Leave a comment to share your thoughts!

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