Jessica Strawser’s debut novel, Almost Missed You, knocks it out of the park.

Everyone says that Violet and Finn were meant to be because fate aligned just right so that they ended up together. No one is more surprised than Violet when Finn disappears with their son while the family is on vacation. Caitlin and Finn have been best friends for years, but when Finn shows up on Caitlin’s doorstep with the son he’s wanted for kidnapping, Caitlin faces an impossible choice. Help her friend? Or risk Finn telling Caitlin’s husband, George, the secret that Caitlin carries?

I couldn’t image why Finn would take his son and blackmail his friend?! Even though I hated Finn for taking Bear from his mother and hurting his friend, I understood his reasoning. While I have never experienced what Finn had, I could understand it. Finn’s story is honest and real. But my heart absolutely broke for Violet. As a mother, I couldn’t image not knowing where my child was. And knowing my own husband kidnapped him?! Wow! Strawser weaves a tale that is believable on all counts.

Almost Missed You wasn’t edge of your seat, cliffhanger stuff, but there was something there that kept me turning the pages. And darn it I couldn’t turn them fast enough! There were so many secrets that I wanted to scream (that’s a good thing). Everyone had a secret … Finn, Caitlin, George. Even Violet. I was compelled to read faster and faster to see how it would all end when the truth finally came out.

The book ends with an epilogue that closes all points of the story satisfactorily. I’m a happy reader. What did I learn from Finn and Violet’s story? Honesty is the best policy and maybe fate isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley.


Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Almost Missed You

Author: Jessica Strawser

Release Date: March 28, 2017

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