Almost missed you

by Strawser, Jessica,

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Summary

" Almost Missed You is a skillful, insightful debut: a deft exploration of the mysteries of marriage, the price we pay for our secrets, and just how easy it is to make the worst choices imaginable." --Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of The Sandcastle Girls and Midwives

" Almost Missed You is an emotional powerhouse of a novel." --Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of A Sudden Light and The Art of Racing in the Rain

"In Almost Missed You , debut author Jessica Strawser meticulously weaves together a kidnapped child, friends in turmoil, and a Craigslist ad into a tangled web of secrets, lies, and unexpected alliances. This heart-breaking page-turner will make you question how well you really know everyone you hold dear." -- Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Glass Wives

"Jessica Strawser has expertly woven a tale of a marriage in crisis with elements of daring, danger, mystery, and secrets that will surprise and delight you...Glorious!" -- Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars in the Heavens

"Jessica Strawser writes from the heart." -- New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline

" Almost Missed You is compelling fiction from a brave new voice." --Bestselling author Sophie Littlefield

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.

As the suspenseful events unfold through alternating viewpoints of Violet, Finn and Caitlin, Jessica Strawser's Almost Missed You is a page turning 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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Finn, Violet, and their son, Bear, had been enjoying their Florida vacation, relaxing on the same beach where Finn and Violet first bumped into each other all those years ago. They had the meet-cute of all meet-cutes, including an ambulance ride, a summer-camp T-shirt, and a years-delayed Craigslist Missed Connections posting. Now they're happily married or so Violet thought. She returned to their Florida hotel room to find Finn and Bear completely gone, with no trace of them left behind. It's up to Violet to uncover how much she truly knew about her husband, and to figure out if she'll ever see her son again. Strawser's debut novel blends the suspense of Kimberly Belle's The Marriage Lie (2016) with the emotional depth of Emma Straub's Modern Lovers (2016), perfect for readers looking for something new after all of the Girl thrillers. A well-paced novel with a ripped-from-the-headlines feel, Strawser uncovers which secrets should stay hidden, and which secrets Finn and Violet are helping each other keep. This is gritty, witty, and a worthy addition to the recent slate of domestic dramas.--Turza, Stephanie Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Strawser's nerve-wracking debut, a woman's husband leaves with their son, shattering her life and catching others in his devastating wake. Violet and Finn Welsh and their three-year-old son, Bear, are on vacation in Florida when Violet's world is turned upside down. Although Finn's life before marrying Violet was marked by tragedy, Violet thought they were happy, but now all she knows is that she will do anything to get her son back. In between them is Caitlin Bryce-Daniels, Finn's longtime best friend and now Violet's close friend as well, whom Finn blackmails into helping him by threatening to reveal a horrible secret. The narrative, which alternates between the three, as well as past and present, is undeniably suspenseful. The conclusion is a bit neat, but Strawser's exploration of marriage, its expectations, and motherhood are spot-on, making for an absorbing read. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Mothers of kidnapped children -- Fiction.
Runaway husbands -- Fiction.
Parental kidnapping -- Fiction.
Secrecy -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York, NY :2017.
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xi, 304 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781250107602
1250107601
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