**I’d like to thank the publisher for my ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
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.
Told through alternating viewpoints of Violet, Finn and Caitlin, ALMOST MISSED YOU is a powerful 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.
Imagine what it’s like to have the people you love most betray you, or have your child go missing.
The story starts off with Violet and Finn on their first family vacation with their son, Bear. However, just when she starts to think life couldn’t get any better, Finn does the unthinkable by disappearing and taking their son with him.
Her things were just as she’d left them. But every trace of her husband and son were gone. As if they’d never been there at all.
I loved how things flowed effortlessly between the present and past, from three different characters: Violet, Caitlin & Finn. Caitlin seems to get herself caught in the middle. Finn has been her best friend since university, but her and Violet also share a bond.
What do you do when you’re friends with both people, but one shows up at your cabin with their kid that they kidnapped, while the other is spending sleepless nights mortified and worrying about their little “bear”?
Even though this was a slower paced read than what I’ve been used to lately, it was a refreshing change. One that I needed. This was a well-written story that allows the reader to connect with all the characters, which I found very interesting. Each of them have secrets they’ve been hiding, which slowly unravel as the story progresses.
I really enjoyed getting to know Finn and what drove him to do what he did. He was one of my favourite characters.
Almost Missed You is a story about fate, love, friendship and betrayal. One that I would recommend for readers who enjoyed The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.
Have you read this book? What did you think?