Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

Almost Missed You

The sensational debut that New York Times bestselling author Garth Stein calls "an emotional powerhouse of a novel" now in trade paperback.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 belie...

Details Almost Missed You

TitleAlmost Missed You
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin
GenreFiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Almost Missed You

  • Deanna
    4.5 Stars !! My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...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 ...
  • Melissa
    Taut, gripping and emotional, ALMOST MISSED YOU blurs the lines of women’s fiction and suspense in a compelling way. It’s a story that tests the limits of love, friendship and ultimately forgiveness; all while dangling the reader over the edge. 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 nightma...
  • Candace
    Imagine this: You're on vacation with your husband and young son. Everything is seemingly perfect. In fact, your considerate husband has agreed to watch your son while you relax with a drink and a good book on the beach for a couple of hours. Then, you return to your hotel room to find everything missing except for your personal belongings. Your husband and child are nowhere to be found. No note. Nothing. That is exactly what happens to the heroi...
  • Christine
    4 starsAlmost 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 a...
  • Arah-Lynda
    Have you ever been privy to knowledge that you knew would absolutely devastate a friend if you were to share it?   I had a friend one time years ago when I lived in the North.  She (Nancy) called me one morning before work and it was immediately evident that she was distraught.  I came to learn that another friend of hers came across incontrovertible proof that Nancy’s husband was having an affair and had been for some time.  It was a good...
  • Carol
    3.5 Stars.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 toddl...
  • Susanne Strong
    3.75 StarsAlmost 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 t...
  • Taryn
    Violet has a good life. Her husband Finn and three-old-son Bear are her entire world. While on a family vacation in Florida, Finn offers to take Bear back to the hotel room for a nap so that Violet can get some much-needed relaxation on the beach. Even when she's alone, all she can think about how lucky she is to have such a wonderful husband and son. She returns to their room refreshed and happy, but is shocked to find that there's no trace of e...
  • Julie
    I almost Missed you by Jessica Strawer is a 2017 St. Martin’s Press publication. 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,...
  • Diane S ☔
    Envy of all their friends, a perfect marriage, a young child, a unique way that they managed to find each other, a story told repeatedly to their friends, Vi and Finn seem to be the ideal couple. Why the. would he leave her with a drink in hand and take off with her son, leaving her alone, desperate and searching for answers?I so wanted to love this book but unfortunately will just have to settle for liking it. Maybe it is because I never really ...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    Violet and Finn are parents of a three year old boy named Bear. They drive to Florida on their first vacation as a family since Bear was born. One afternoon, Violet enjoys a few hours to herself while her husband volunteers to stay with their son. When she returns to her hotel room, she discovers that her husband and her son are missing. Violet calls the police after discovering that their car and other valuables are also gone. Believing her marr...
  • Erin Clemence
    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free electronic ARC of this novel, in exchange for an honest review.(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...
  • Esil
    3.5 stars. What a tangled web of secrets! Almost Missed You grabbed me at the beginning. Great first chapter. Violet and Flynn and their three year old son Bear are on a beach vacation. The next thing Violet knows, Flinn and Bear have disappeared. The story then moves back and forth in time, revealing what lay in Violet and Flinn's past and how things unfold after the disappearance. Mixed in with Violet and Flinn are close friends Caitlin and Geo...
  • *TANYA*
    4.25 stars. I could not focus on anything else. This about sums up this book "All the wrong people know the wrong secrets." Oh, and did anyone catch Bear's real name?? Lol
  • Catherine McKenzie
    I got an advanced reader copy of this book while at the Writer's Digest conference this year. My plane home got delayed by 4 hours, which gave me just enough time to finish reading this book in one sitting. I raced through it, wondering what had happened. Why would a father take his child away from him mother when everything seemed great between them? We learn why along the way and I was surprised at the answers. Look for this one in 2017!
  • Jan
    This was a request for review through NetGalley. When I get these emails, I get a bit skeptical on what I'm getting myself into, but the blurb on this one piqued my interest, so I went for it. 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...
  • Chris
    "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
  • Petra
    What should have been a relaxing, enjoyable vacation in Florida, turns into a terrible nightmare for Violet, when her husband, Finn, disappears from their hotel room taking their three-year-old son, Bear, with him. Violet is distraught but also baffled. She thought her marriage to Finn was solid and they both loved being parents to Bear. Meanwhile, Finn manages to solicit the help of his high school friend, Caitlin, to stay under the radar of the...
  • Debra
    Received from the Publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.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 f...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Emotionally riveting, moving characters, and a twisty, turny plot full of secrets. This book is well-written and overall well-done. It's definitely something fresh for the domestic suspense fans. Thanks to Goodreads and the publisher, I was able to read and review an advance copy of this book due to release in late March 2017.
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    While on a vacation solo, Violet meets a stranger she falls for and cannot forget. All she knows is that they both live in the same city but they have no way to reach each other. For several years Violet pines for this mystery stranger, wondering what could have been, and one day an ad appeared in the local paper describing her and their brief encounter on vacation and asking her to meet him. The connection survived the set of time and their love...
  • Kathryn
    Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser is a debut novel that packs a punch mainly because of the secrets the characters keep from each other.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 t...
  • Jeannie
    This was a quick read that had me turning pages. Perfect book to take to the beach!
  • Sophie
    4 to 4,5 stars An ARC has been kindly provided by St Martin's Press, via, 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...
  • Kristy
    Violet and Finn are one of those couples that everyone believes is meant to be. Their story is one entwined with fate. They met once by chance and were reunited years later. Now married, with a young son, everything seems great for the couple. While vacationing in Florida, Violet cannot believe her good fortune. So imagine her shock when she returns from a relaxing nap on the beach to find their hotel room empty: Finn has vanished, and he has tak...
  • Aɤɩ
    4 all the wrong people starsThis book was amazing. Hear me out-We've all read love stories, where a dozen different coincidences happen for our protagonists to end up where they are, and then the story (usually) ends with the two of them riding off into sunset.But I have always wondered what happens after the sunset?I know I am not the only one. This book starts where another story has already taken place- Finn and Violet are already together. Th...
  • Laurel-Rain
    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 an...
  • Carrie
    Violet and Finn were one of those couples that everyone though were meant to be. Crossing paths several times in their lives the two finally came together and had gotten married. Now on vacation with their young son the unthinkable happens to Violet. Finn had taken their son for a nap while Violet stayed on the beach to relax. When Violet returned to the hotel room all trace of her husband and son was completely gone. In the days following Violet...
  • Marjorie
    Violet and Finn seem to have it all – a loving marriage that was meant to be and their little boy, Bear. But there are secrets in this marriage that Violet only begins to become aware of when Finn shockingly abducts Bear. Finn turns to his best friend, Caitlin, with a threat to reveal her marriage secrets to her husband, George, if Caitlin doesn’t hide him and Bear.I’ve always enjoyed books that involve the mystery of fate or destiny. There...
  • Cindy Burnett
    3.5 starsI 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 like...