Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser


This book falls into one of my favorite categories: it’s a suspenseful domestic drama. Almost Missed You reminded me of a Liane Moriarty novel—full of heart-wrenching emotional scenes between friends and family, and revelations about the secrets people keep from even their closest confidants.

Why would an otherwise loving husband up and disappear with a toddler in the middle of a peaceful family vacation? It’s a mystery that I wanted to solve, and as I dove deeper into this novel I got hooked and was flipping pages late into the night. The author keeps a tight focus on three main characters: Finn, his wife Violet, and his best friend Caitlyn. The reader gets a good look into the motivations of each. The author also handles jumps in time well, as we flash back to the “original sins” of each character.  

I enjoy realistic, contemporary fiction that delves into the complexities of human behavior. Sometimes we hurt those nearest to us, often without meaning to and without thought of the consequences. Our harmful actions may be due to foolish impulses and selfishness, or they may be simply accidents or inertia. That’s life! And I love reading about it in a well-structured novel.

There was more than one time where I thought I knew exactly where this story was going but was proven wrong, which is fun for me as a voracious reader. I highly recommend this novel, a strong debut in 2017.

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