Book Review: Sorry I Missed You by Suzy Krause

“I think that’s part of being an adult, you know? Your life is just frayed at the edges, and you have whole haunted cities full of people who owe you explanations and apologies. Cities full of ghosts.”

Set to be released next month, Sorry I Missed You by Suzy Krause follows three strangers – Mackenzie, Sunna, and Maude – who move into a converted rental house. The only thing these strangers have in common is that 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 near-indecipherable letter arrives in their shared mailbox that hints 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 in hope for some answers, but the more they learn about each other, the more questions 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?

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This is my Amazon First Reads selection for May 2020. You can get a free book every month by joining Amazon Prime, which you can do with a free trial here.

Sorry I Missed You is a modern story about a timeless frustration: the need for closure. “Ghosting” is a recent term, but it’s not just something that happens to twenty-somethings on their smartphones. With the three vastly contrasting main characters representing three generations, there’s something to relate to in each of their stories. Being ghosted by a friend, a sibling, or a lover are very different circumstances, but the one thing that remains the same is how you are left feeling abandoned and unwanted.

With this unique concept of something that many of us will have experienced in some way, Sorry I Missed You is a very poignant story which is brought together well at the end. The book certainly leaves you with some thoughtful messages and is filled with many relatable elements. One quote that stood out to me is: “I think that’s part of being an adult, you know? Your life is just frayed at the edges, and you have whole haunted cities full of people who owe you explanations and apologies. Cities full of ghosts.”

But what it all comes down to is how well you can engage with the characters. The three women are described well and I enjoyed their contrasting personalities. I especially enjoyed seeing how a shared experience can bring people together, showing the worst but also best in each of them. Sunna and Maude aren’t the most likeable of people, however, so you do have to find the humour and more light-hearted elements in them.

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My one criticism of the book is that Larry isn’t described very well. I couldn’t figure out if he was supposed to be old and oblivious, middle-aged and creepy, or just an average but simple guy with a good heart. With how the story ends, I feel like we needed to have been given the chance to warm to him more, whereas I was stirring more towards finding him a bit creepy. Maybe this was to deter us from the actual goings-on and to keep us a little suspicious of him, but I would have liked to sympathise with him more.

Although the ghosts in the book aren’t spooky – either because you think the characters have come to accept that the ghosts are real and present or because you think that there’s a valid explanation for what’s going on – I still felt their haunting presence. I just hoped that this notion was going to be put to good use and not just used as a distraction, but I was happy enough with how things played out in that regards.

On a final note, the cover of the book is lovely. This isn’t how I pictured the three women, but it’s a stunning illustration highlighting the slightly quirky feel to the story, and it represents the story well.

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This is my Amazon First Reads selection for May 2020. You can get a free book every month by joining Amazon Prime, which you can do with a free trial here.

You can also try a 30-day free trial with Audible and receive an audiobook for free.

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About Charlie Morris

Proofreader and film blogger living in Cornwall.

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