The most recent First Reads Goodreads giveaway book that this pedometer geek reader had the pleasure of reading was Almost Missed You. Written by Jessica Strawser, it is her debut novel. This reader looks forward to reading her second novel, Not That I Could Tell (which will be reviewed here some time in the not-so-distant future). In the meantime, here is the extended review of Almost Missed You.
Almost Missed You
By Jessica Strawser
Published by St. Martin’s Press, 2017
The Advanced Reader Copy describes the novel thusly:
“The secrets we shouldn’t keep. The past we should let go.
Imagine your perfect vacation day at the beach, drink in hand, and taking in the cool ocean breeze. Your adoring husband in the hotel room with your three-year-old baby boy, the love of your life.
Now imagine them gone, erased from existence, the life you thought you knew, the man you thought loved you, and the spaces between what was meant to be and what is now—a nightmare that is your new reality.”
Missed chances, missed connections, and the almost-happened are just some of the ideas behind the events of this novel. The tale unfolds, moving back and forth between the past and present, and the characters Violet, Finn, Caitlin, and George (not to mention their children) deal with secrets, lies, and perceptions.
Beginning with the random meeting of Violet and Finn on a Florida beach to the sudden disappearance of their son Bear, who is taken by his father Finn, there is the story of their in-between, both together and apart, and what brought about the events which brings them to the present.
Their friends Caitlin and George have an equally compelling story, which is interwoven and twists around Violet’s and Finn’s. This further entangles the truth from the lies for both of these couples. How these two stories all fit together makes for a complex and engrossing read of suspense and mystery, one that this reader thoroughly enjoyed.
In an attempt to avoid spoilers, this review is necessarily vague; however, it is definitely worth the read.
Questions arise (and are answered). What will a parent do to protect a child? What will a parent do for the love of a child? And how will lies of omission and commission affect these two couples? And imagine if…