I always enjoy books that have multiple layers. The ones that can initially lead you down one path, but after different pieces and character’s stories, reveal something a bit different. This debut from Jessica Strawser was memorable and a good fit for those who enjoy layered stories.
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, Jessica Strawser’s 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.
This is one of those books you finish in one setting because you really want to know how it all plays out. I admit, I almost….almost, jumped to the end to find out the what happened. I stopped myself though because as the story moved forward, I realized this wasn’t going to be exactly as I thought it would be.
While it wasn’t a perfect novel, I did enjoy it. I thought it was honest about the difficulties in marriage, the secrets we think are better off hidden, the struggles we hide and the consequences we face when we make not so wise decisions. Through all of it though, I was surprised at how I enjoyed the ending. I wasn’t sure how it was going to pan out, but I appreciate when an author leaves us readers with hope and redemption in ways you don’t fully expect.
What’s a recent novel about married couples you enjoyed?
(This was a Spring pick for SheReads.org. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)