Almost Missed You
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...more
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Many of us know of at least one couple that seems as though they were just meant to be together, that fate stepped in and put them in each other's path. So after reading the description for Jessica Strawser's debut novel, ALMOST MISSED YOU, I was intrigued.
I used to read the "missed connections" section of Craigslist quite often. I always wondered if people ever came across messages that were left for them and ...more
What could possibly lead a seemingly happy husband to leave his wife on the beach and disappear with their 3-year-old son? That’s the burning question. The truth I was frantic to uncover. The nightmare that Violet finds herself living. How could Finn rip ...more
That is exactly what happens to the heroine in this book, Violet. I cannot even begin to ...more
Almost Missed You is an impressive debut novel by Ms. Jessica Strawser. I would classify it as a mix of contemporary fiction and suspense with the emphasis on suspense. I found it more gripping than a lot of books out there advertised as psychological thrillers. I read most books over 5 days. This one I knocked out in 3 days, very quick for me, simply because I found it hard to pull myself away from the pages.
I strongly suggest you go in as cold as possible on this one. I hadn’t read the ...more
A tangled web of secrets and well placed reveals makes for a solid debut novel especially for fans of women's contemporary fiction. That being said, I have conflicting emotions on this one.....A really strong start became a little wordy midway with repetitive thoughts and memories, BUT the storyline of missed connections is an intriguing one that kept me turning the pages to find out more about why a happily married man packs up a toddler and leaves his wife with no indication of...more
Almost Missed You is a story about relationships, family, friends and trust - or lack thereof. About the fact that in some relationships, people are never who you think they are, or rather, perhaps you never know them as well as you think you know them. This is the case for Violet Welsh. She thinks she is living the perfect life. Happily married to Finn, whom she met while vacationing alone in Florida, though they never exchanged more than a few words at the time and didn't even know ...more
Serendipity- Fate- Kismet-
This is the story of Violet and Finn, a couple who seemed destined to be together…
They met on a beach by chance, but that one encounter was enough to leave a lasting impression on them both.
But, for a long time they were like two ships that passed in the night, until yet another chance meeting finally cements them firmly together. But, for one of them the cement has begun to crack.
Out of ...more
I so wanted to love this book but unfortunately will just have to settle for liking it. Maybe it is because I never really took to Finn, or that I found the middle somewhat ...more
(4.5 stars rounded up to 5)
As cliché as this is, I have to say it- I loved this book’s cover! It caught my attention, and after reading the novel, the cover actually was appropriate for the story. Once I read the book, I continued to be impressed.
“Almost Missed You” is a story about ‘missed connections’ (in more ways than one). Finn and Violet are, on the surface, a happily ...more
And I'm happy to say that this was a winner!
Solid characters that were perfectly flawed in their own unique way, a plot that held my interest up until the last chapter, and some clever little twists that helped keep the story fresh and moving forward.
My one criticism falls with the last few pages...I'm not ...more
While on vacation, Violet is enjoying a quiet moment on the beach while her husband takes their son up to the room for a nap. When Violet goes to meet them in the room, she sees that her husband, Finn, is gone along with their young son, Bear. Where could they be? Why did Finn take off with Bear? Weren't they happy? Their life was perfect, wasn't it?
Finn shows up on his friend Caitlin's doorstep with Bear. He demands ...more
The story is told from three viewpoints - Violet, Finn and Caitlin. There is also a dual time line. At first I always resent that hop back or forwards, however in this case the transition back in time comes just at the right moment and some of the back story is revealed at the right point.
Secrets abound in this story, all of them keep back secrets or have ...more
This story is told from the prospectives of Violet, Finn and their best friend Caitlyn. As the story progresses we ...more
That is the question Jesssica Strawser poses in her novel and one that takes some time to answer. There are deeply buried secrets being kept by Finn and their good friends Caitlin and ...more
An ARC has been kindly provided by St Martin's Press, via NetGalley.com, in exchange for an honest review.
It’s been a tense and intense reading.
Intense because I deeply despised Finn until the last 3% of the book. By then I was able to feel some compassion. It’s a very unsettling feeling when all you can think about one of the main characters is what a coward he is. What a selfish human I thought. He had absolutely no right to do what he did to Violet! I could not think of a ...more
I enjoyed reading Almost Missed You. While on vacation, Violet’s husband Finn takes their young son and disappears. The book then flashes back and forth in time unraveling the details that lead to the kidnapping and disappearance. Strawser writes beautifully, and I enjoyed learning more about the characters as the storyline unfolds. I think my issues with the book probably reflect more about me than they do about the book. While I liked Violet, as details emerge I kept wondering why she ...more
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 ...more