Thursday, February 9, 2017

Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

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.

A happily married couple take their toddler on a family vacation to the beach, life is good. Until it's bad... very very bad. Now Finn is on the run with their child and Violet is devastated, and wondering why. What did she miss? How could her husband just walk out without a word, stealing their child. Or did she choose to ignore the obvious? Were there questions she should have asked instead of burying her head in the sand and letting it go?
"All the wrong people know all the wrong secrets here." and with that one quote from Catlin I was made to wonder, when is a good time to tell a secret? And when if ever is it just too late to tell?
Caitlin and Finn were the best of friends long before he ever married Violet, and although Caitlin and Violet became very close, secrets always remained between them. Only Violet's Grandmother who raised her after the loss of her parents ever felt that something was just a bit off in Finn and Violet's marriage but she never spoke up about it until it was too late.
This was an emotional read. 4 out of 5 stars from me.

I received an advance copy for review.

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