Wherever She Goesby Published 25 Jun 2019
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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.
Wherever She Goes Reviews
It’s a heartbreaking set-up for Aubrey Finch. She is separated from her husband, Jack, and their daughter Charlotte who is living with him. Aubrey is the one who left her beautiful child and home behind for a dumpy apartment but generous visitation rights with Charlotte. With only a high school diploma, Aubrey considers herself fortunate to have landed a job in a library. Aubrey blames herself for the disintegration of her marriage and refuses all monetary offers from Jack.
Psychological mysteries such as Wherever She Goes are about my least favorite mystery/thriller, just above cooking and old lady sleuths. However Wherever She Goes is written by Kelley Armstrong. C’mon, it’s Kelly Armstrong! I’m as likely to pass on reading one of her books as I am to give up chocolate for Lent. After all, she is the author of two series that are in my permanent top seven.
Aubrey’s story gets even worse when she witnesses a small child being kidnapped. A child she and Charlotte had met only the day before playing in the park where they like to play. So Aubrey knows nothing about the boy or his mother. No one believes Aubrey; not the yummy mummies, not the police, nor her husband who just seems to be humoring her.
For a stay-at-home mom, Aubrey seems to have some mad investigative and physical skills. These seem to be related to her past she has hidden from her husband; much to the detriment and likely end to her marriage. Jack is already dating the perfect woman.
Aubrey puts her skills to use, she’s not about to abandon the small boy, but even Aubrey isn’t prepared for the tangled and dangerous web she discovers.
Aubrey is a tenacious, fierce woman, but she is the only well-developed character. The others serve only to move the story along and to reflect the lioness that is Aubrey. Eventually Jack shows some quiet strength in his dealings with Aubrey and the villains.
Wherever She Goes is fast-paced with some surprising character twists and certainly kept my attention. The story was told from Aubrey’s POV, and she told a straight-up story. When she finally needed to face her past, she owned it, used it, and tried to forgive herself. Armstrong has always excelled in flawed female characters, Aubrey Finch is no exception.
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What a great read!
Aubrey Finch has made mistakes. The pain in her shoulder is a reminder of a big one.
Aubrey is separated from her husband, Paul who has primary custody of their daughter, Charlotte. Aubrey didn't want to uproot her daughter until she found an acceptable place for them to live. It was supposed to be temporary. That was six months ago. Aubrey and Paul are civil with each other. They both seem to want the best for Charlotte. But Aubrey knows if Paul ever found out about her past, he wouldn’t be so civil.
Aubrey loves her daughter, but motherhood has never come naturally to her. She watches the other parents; tries to “ observe and assimilate ”. She reads all the articles and blogs but she just can’t relate to the other parents.
One day while doing cartwheels with Charlotte at the park, Aubrey meets another young mom who doesn’t seem to fit in either. They strike up a conversation as they watch their children play.
“I see this young woman, with her old needle scars and her worn jeans and her shabby sneakers and the way her face glows every time her gaze lights on her son, and she’s the mother I connect to.”
A few days later Aubrey is jogging through the same park. She notices a boy on the swings. It looks like the boy from the other day. Aubrey doesn’t see his mother anywhere. Suddenly she hears someone shout and the boy heads in the direction of a big SUV. But when she hears him cry out. “No! Let me go!” Aubrey starts to run in his direction. The car pulls into traffic and roars off.
Aubrey tries to explain what she saw to the police but they tell her that no one else saw anything. The police also say that the other parents see Aubrey watching them and their kids. “ You make some of the other parents uncomfortable ”.
Aubrey contacts the police again and they tell her no one has reported a child missing. She feels like no one believes what she saw, but her gut tells her she’s right.
Aubrey tries to put it out of her head. Her daughter needs to be her primary focus.
“Even if I am right, is it worth the risk to help a stranger?”
Then she sees a story in the local news that changes everything. Suddenly, Aubrey is more involved than ever. She still worries about being exposed. Her past coming out could ruin everything, but she can’t just stand by. She NEEDS to help. Aubrey knows what it is like to be left behind, to wait for someone...anyone to come. She’s going to find a way to prove what she saw.
But if she continues to investigate will she be putting her own child in danger?
How far would you go to save a child that wasn’t your own?
I really enjoyed this engrossing and thought-provoking read. I thought it was a unique take on a missing child story.
I really felt for the main character. Aubrey is a single mother who isn’t confident in her parenting skills. She hasn’t always made the best decisions but she was a relatable character. I was fully invested in the story and wanted Aubrey to succeed.
Overall, this was a touching and well-paced domestic suspense novel that held my interest from start to finish.
I'd like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.
I love everything that Kelley Armstrong writes. This is a psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book!
Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors and is my most read author. I absolutely adore everything that she writes. I was beyond thrilled to be able to read her newest book.
The narrator is 30 year old Aubrey/Bree. This story takes place in Chicago and the suburbs of Chicago.
This book had a chilling beginning. And I was hooked right from the start. Bree is separated from her husband Paul, who is a defense attorney. They have a 3 year old daughter. Bree has a lot of secrets to do with her past.
Right from the start I was dying to know what Aubrey's secrets were. And I was not disappointed. I loved finding out things about her past.
This book had a bit of a creepy vibe. Aubrey witnesses something at the park. And she has to decide what to do about it.
I was so invested in this story. Aubrey is a very unique narrator. She is strong and determined. But she also often acts without thinking things through. She was really unusual. But I really enjoyed reading about her.
The story has a mystery about a woman and her son. It is dangerous and the mystery was so interesting that I was completely engrossed in the story.
This book was unsettling. I loved seeing Aubrey play detective. This book was riveting.
I really enjoyed everything to do with her husband Paul. And I thought that the book definitely took a somewhat unexpected turn where their relationship was concerned.
I am such a big Kelley Armstrong fan. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year.
This book had everything that I want. It had an intriguing mystery. It had romance. It was a chilling psychological thriller. This book was different in many ways from the author's other books. Although she writes so many different types of books and genres. This was a great read!
Thank you so much to netgalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read this book. This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2019!
If there is any chance that a boy is out there, in trouble, and no one is searching for him, then I must be that one person. The person who cares. The person who gets involved.
Whatever the cost.
2 1/2 stars. I've been reading Kelley Armstrong's books for almost ten years now (!!) and at her best she is such a good comfort-read author. Cosy thrillers, fun paranormal romance, strong heroines... but unfortunately this one was just average for me. I think it's because I feel like I've read a few hundred versions of this same plot.
Wherever She Goes was most compelling in the beginning when we are first introduced to Aubrey and discover that she is trying to rebuild her life after a recent divorce. Her struggles to be a good mother to her three-year-old daughter, especially constantly being compared to her wealthy, got-his-shit-all-together ex-husband, made it emotionally engaging. I related to her anxiety, the pressure she felt, and the doubts she has about whether she will ever be good enough.
Then, one day, she gets pulled into someone else's mother/child drama. Well, maybe. Because even though Aubrey sees the son of a woman she met in the park getting dragged into a man's car, the police won't believe her. They think she might have imagined it, or even exaggerated events for attention. When no one reports a missing child, the case is pretty much closed.
Except Aubrey can't forget about it. She never got the woman's name, but she's determined to find out who and where she is, and hopefully save the boy from his kidnappers.
Aubrey's personal life was by far the most interesting part of the book because the crime/mystery aspect felt very recycled. Another case of a woman witnessing a crime and having to go digging herself because the police believe she is hysterical. It's yet another The Girl on the Train or The Woman in the Window, except in this case I couldn't really understand why the police assumed she made it up. Even with the absence of evidence, their immediate assumption that she was making it up seemed... not very believable.
Of course, Aubrey also has a dark past. Though I think it is played up more than necessary given what it actually is. It's not even that exciting.
The ending, too, was a little disappointing. I was underwhelmed by the reveals and how things turned out [spoilers removed]. The singular "twist" of the book, if it can even be called that, was immediately obvious.
I liked it most as a portrait of motherhood, anxiety and divorce. As a mystery/thriller, it was forgettable.
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Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong is one of those crazy thrillers that keeps you guessing whether there’s even anything to solve. What you have is an unreliable narrator hiding her own secrets while insisting a crime has happened.
Aubrey Finch has just left her marriage behind her after years of hiding her past from her husband. Aubrey and her husband still share custody of their daughter though while they work out the divorce with Aubrey getting to spend weekends with her daughter.
One day while out at the park Aubrey and her daughter meet another young mother and her son. Audrey feels drawn to the other woman because it seems the two share a lot in common and don’t fit with the other mothers. A few days later when Aubrey sees the boy alone she tries to keep an eye on him but he ends up pulled into a vehicle.
So what would you do if you saw a young child struggling with someone in a car? Call the police? Well, that’s what we have here except when no one other than the MC seems to have reported a child abduction the police find it hard to believe since parents should be frantic. So many questions the pages where definitely turning with this one and things only increase in intensity the more you learn. Great story to check out!
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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