Friday, July 26, 2019

#Review - Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong #Thrillers #Psychological

Series: Standalone
Format: E-Galley, 304 pages
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Thrillers / Psychological

From New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong comes a brand new psychological thriller about the lengths one woman will go to in order to save a child.

“Few crimes are reported as quickly as a snatched kid.”

That’s what the officer tells single mother Aubrey Finch after she reports a kidnapping. So why hasn’t anyone reported the little boy missing? Aubrey knows what she saw: a boy being taken against his will from the park. It doesn’t matter that the mother can’t be found. It doesn’t matter if no one reported it. Aubrey knows he’s missing.

Instead, people question her sanity. Aubrey hears the whispers. She’s a former stay-at-home mom who doesn’t have primary custody of her daughter, so there must be something wrong with her, right? Others may not understand her decision to walk away from her safe life at home, but years of hiding her past – even from the people she loves – were taking their toll, and Aubrey knows she can’t be the mother or wife she envisions until she learns to leave her secrets behind.

When the police refuse to believe her, she realizes that rescuing the boy is up to her alone. But after all the secrets, how far is she willing to go? Even to protect a child.

Kelley Armstrong's Wherever She Goes asks the question, how far would you go to save a child? 6 months after separating from her husband Paul and voluntarily giving up primary responsibility for her daughter Charlotte, Aubrey Finch witnesses a boy being taken in an SUV. As a mother of a young daughter with lots of regrets, Aubrey's instinct's kick into high gear. She calls the police who claim that there is no reports of a young boy missing. Since there's no reports of a missing child, they consider the case closed.

Her husband, as well as certain police officers, believe that she might be hallucinating the entire episode. What's even worse, Aubrey is told that she makes people nervous and some consider her to be a threat. Aubrey is also keeping a secret from Paul which could have implications on any visitation rights that she might receive in the divorce settlement. Aubrey blames herself for the disintegration of her marriage and refuses all monetary offers from Jack while working at a local library and living in a dumpy apartment.

Aubrey takes matters into her own hands. She's not about to forget about the little boy who was taken. She becomes an amateur detective, investigating the crime and the people who she learns are involved. She uses parts of her former life before she met Paul to dig up things about the child's life as well as any acquaintances. As Audrey works through assimilating her past to her present, she also gets closer to the truth of what happened to the child on the playground no one seemed to notice or care is missing.

Overall, I actually liked Aubrey and understood her struggles after learning about what happened to not only her parents, but also while she was working a rather dangerous job that left a mark on her, literally. Aubrey isn’t confident in her parenting skills but she loves her daughter. She hasn’t always made the best decisions, but she was a relatable character.  There are really only 2 other characters who need to be mentioned. The first is the husband who gets involved in Aubrey's drama, and Police Officer Laila Jackson who thought Aubrey was a drama queen, only to discover she has an entire different layer.

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