Almost Missed You: A Novel by Jessica Strawser
Page Count: 320
Published By: St. Martin’s Press (March 28, 2017)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/Psychological Thriller/Contemporary Women
My 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.
I have to say I was a bit surprised by the outcome of this book. I went into the book thinking it was going to be something completely different than what it actually turned out to be. Was that good? Absolutely! It was a great change for a Psychological Thriller. Usually, in my experience, most books in this genre are about some mentally deranged person who goes off this rails, so this was a nice change of pace.
As for the mechanics of the book, Ms. Strawser is known in the world of writing as a top Editorial Director, so as you can imagine – the writing is spot on! The story flows well, the characters are believable, and the plot is imaginable.
Would I Recommend?
Definitely! Almost Missed You is definitely a heart-stopping-edge-of-your-seat thriller, but it also includes some amazing introspection about what it means to be a parent, a partner, and a friend. Wonderful story and amazing read! I highly recommend!
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, new from St. Martin’s Press (named to the March 2017 Barnes & Noble Best New Fiction shortlist!), 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.
Her diverse career in the publishing industry spans more than 15 years and includes stints in book editing, marketing and public relations, and freelance writing and editing. She blogs at WritersDigest.com and elsewhere (if you’d like a guest post, contact me!), tweets fairly regularly @jessicastrawser (please do say hello), enjoys connecting on Facebook, and speaks at writing conferences and events that are kind enough to invite her.
Until next time!
P.S. Here goes the little disclaimer…
Thanks goes to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to review this book prior to publication. All opinions expressed in this review are solely mine and I did not receive any payment.