Book Name: Sorry I Missed You
Series: Standalone Book # N/A
Author: Suzy Krause
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Book Type: Ebook > Kindle (Doc) > ARC
Obtained: Netgalley > Read Now
Genre: Fiction > Womens Fiction > Chick Lit, Contemporary
Start Date: 06.04.2020
End Date: 06.25.2020
Disclaimer: I received a free e-book copy of “Sorry I Missed You” from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are of my own.
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A poignant and heartwarming novel about friendship, ghosting, and searching for answers to life’s mysteries.
When Mackenzie, Sunna, and Maude move into a converted rental house, they are strangers with only one thing in common—important people in their lives have “ghosted” them. Mackenzie’s sister, Sunna’s best friend, and Maude’s fiancé—all gone with no explanation.
So when a mangled, near-indecipherable letter arrives in their shared mailbox—hinting at long-awaited answers—each tenant assumes it’s for her. The mismatched trio decides to stake out the coffee shop named in the letter—the only clue they have—and in the process, a bizarre kinship forms. But the more they learn about each other, the more questions (and suspicions) they begin to have. All the while, creepy sounds and strange happenings around the property suggest that the ghosts from their pasts might not be all that’s haunting them…
Will any of the housemates find the closure they are looking for? Or are some doors meant to remain closed?
Quirky, humorous, and utterly original, Sorry I Missed You is the perfect read for anyone who has ever felt haunted by their past (or by anything else).
It’s a bittersweet concoction about life lessons and friendships. Three women looking for their closure…and only one letter…
Thoughts and Review
The story starts off with three woman and their “ghosting” stories; Maude is an older woman who was ghosted after her wedding day where she was left at the altar; her fiancé and husband-to-be had apparently decided to drown his fears of the marriage in a sea of alcohol and never contacted her back afterwards! The last time Mackenzie ever saw her sister, Tanya, was when she was sneaking out of a window, the night after their birthday party, to see her secret boyfriend and was never heard from again. Sunna was ghosted by her ex-best friend, a huge internet and social media influencer, Brett Zaleschuck. The two had been in an argument ending with Brett calling Sunna jealous and Sunna calling the other fake. Sunna had expected the relationship to continue, because even best friends can fight and make up, but this time…it would be their last fight as, after a few awkward hangouts and meetups (after the fight), Brett finally stopped showing up to their coffee dates and just like that…years of friendship…gone.
Larry is the homeowner of a “house he can’t live in,” after inheriting it from his late aunt with a long list of things he could not do in the house such as playing certain music or planting flowers in the front yard or go into the attic. There were simply too many rules for him to live by and, with one of the rules being he can’t sell the house either, Larry had no choice but to rent the entire house out. Being one of the POVs, he too plays a major part of the story, though the main focus of the story are on Maude, Mackenzie, and Sunna. Three women, from three different walks of life, with vastly different backgrounds, personalities, and view of the life around them (Maude is fascinated that Sunna’s phone has “A Google,” flashlight, and can make calls), all total strangers, now living under the same roof.
They move into the house together on different floors, Maude to the top floor, Sunna to the ground floor, and Mackenzie to the basement floor, and are immediately off to a rocky start with their personalities clashing and arguments immediately breaking out (literally…on their first meeting). When a mangled and barely legible letter arrives stating that the sender was sorry they’d missed them and asking to meet up again soon, each woman is hopeful it is for them, their missing relationship returning to explain themselves for their abrupt deserting of the other. Answering the call, the three set up camp at the designated location from the letter, Paper Cup, a café next to a Crematorium. And they go, every single day, religiously, hoping that the sender is that someone they each have in mind and hoping to get their closures at last.
All the while, creepy sounds and strange things are happening in their new home. Things disappear only to appear elsewhere, things go missing, food is stolen right out the fridge, and sounds can be heard; the sound of people stomping and furniture moving around. Ghosts perhaps?
This book is a quirky book for sure; a strange mixture of emotions, mysteries, friendship/romance, and…ghosts? While there were a few moments that made me smile, I didn’t find the book particularly humorous. It was almost angering, actually. The start of each of their mini stories in the background chapter made me feel terribly bad for them. Sunna had lost a best friend, someone like family, Maude was left at the altar, and Mackenzie’s sister was never seen again! However, they just kept arguing with each other, almost at any opportunity, and even as a reader I was starting to get that out-of-body-tired-of-your shit feeling. On the three’s first meeting together, at the mailbox, they already start arguing and Sunna and Maude are just snapping at each other. Maude just can’t seem to say something not mean (intentional or not) and Sunna just seems to enjoy provoking Maude into anger or into another fight. It gets frustrating and tiring at times and makes you feel for poor Mackenzie, who is the acting mediator, while having to stew in her own troubles and secrets. It gets annoying when you just want everyone to calm down and act like mature adults and move on with their day (and the story). It’s almost like they need to fight each other (and most of the bickering is between Sunna and Maude). It just gets tiring and you keep wondering, “What are you fighting about this time.” However, despite their flaws, I still didn’t particularly hate any of them. You get a sad feeling from each of the women as they seem to struggle with their past coming back to haunt them without any answers other than “to wait for someone in a coffee shop.” You even begin to see where all of their emotions and hurt comes from.
The best part of the book are the individual growths. As they very slowly come to tolerate each other, bonded together by this letter, they start to understand the others; tongues are bitten as they try not to fight, ears open to understanding, and personalities are shifted as they try to learn from each other, learn how to live in the same house together without the fighting. By the end, everyone is helping one another with their well needed closures, even if they don’t necessarily end well and happy.
I love the generational gap between the three. Mackenzie is a college student, Sunna is an adult, and Maude is an older woman. Things get lost between the three’s conversation constantly such as Sunna wondering who even reads the newspaper anymore, the existence and use of payphones, and Maude arguing that she is perfectly fine without the need of technology all the while getting frustrated constantly at not understanding what’s going on or what the conversation is about. It truly shows how fast things can change in a single human lifespan and the lightning need to adapt to the evolving world as Maude is left behind in the dust of new technology and terminologies, “‘Influencers?'”
This book has an enjoyable skim across different genres (and, look, Mysteries too!) You have a bit of romance, the base of Maude’s story, and you have a bit of mystery with the house ghosts, disappearing belongings, art gallery bomb threats, and the disappearance of Mackenzie’s sister. I actually had to go back and double check the genre on NG when I read Mackenzie’s initial backstory because it did not, at all, sounded like a “ghosting” and very much felt like a missing persons case.
You learn a lot through the three (four with Larry) characters and their problems. After all, the cast touches upon a great deal of issues during different stages in life. You have Mackenzie’s current struggles as a young adult; it’s the first time she’s free away from her parents and her being a college student with a job that she hates blended with pieces of her past struggles and trauma as a teenager. You have Sunna being an adult who watches Maude with a mixture of anger and worry as she wonders if, with her being friendless and partnerless, she too might grow up to be like Maude…bitter and mean…angry at life and people. You have the heartbroken Maude who, if you look past her constant fits and random bursts of crying, is an older woman who finally found a partner only to be left stood up on her wedding day. Afterwards, she sees the world in a different way. Richard’s abandonment changed her and she begins to see every big and small flaw in herself, adding them to her list of “maybe this is why Richard left me…”
The book touches on a few other issues as well such as anxiety, social media, and differences in [music] genres through the times. You have people, who used to belong to a certain group of music fans, watching the days go by as you no longer feel like you belong anywhere anymore. Your old crowd and friends have disbanded and you’re “too old” for the new younger audience; the music is just not the same music that you once knew. The world is evolving in many ways including the expanded use of social media as more and more people become obsessed with perfecting their online images of themselves. People like Brett, who put up an online personality for a blog, a fun project for the two of them [Sunna] to “change the world” only to eventually be swallowed up by her persona, acting like there is always a camera following her. It reflects in the way she begins to talk to her friends, the way she acts, even off of social media, and even down to the type of friends Brett picks (or leaves in Sunna’s case). The author [through Sunna] also goes to explain to Mackenzie and Maude (and thus the reader) what social disease is: where privileged influencers dispense wisdom as a way to pick up their own egos while making their audience feel like they are doing it for them.
This was a nice read showing the progress from stranger to friendship between three woman of three different backgrounds. It’s cute at times, cringey at times (I’m talking about second-hand embarrassment, not the book itself), and there are parts that make my heart cry. It’s a nice bit of refreshment in a world full of books where characters become “instant friends”, though I have nothing against those. It’s different. You see people who start off almost completely intolerable of the other person and the sole reason they stick together is because of a torn letter that says to meet at a coffee shop. It’s a story full of ups and downs, hopes and disappointments, plenty of arguments and witty banter, and plenty of love, friendship, and hard learned lessons. It’s a bittersweet concoction about the issues and troubles of life mixed with the sweet nectar of newfound friendships and trust.
Thank you for the read 💐