Friday, January 10, 2020

Review - Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong

Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong
Narrated by Therese Plummer
Publisher: St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books / Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
Date Read: January 8, 2020
Length: 304 pages / 8 hours and 17 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library
★★★★☆
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.
My Review

I had such a good time with this book!  I am a little mad at myself for not picking it up sooner but I guess I am glad that I was able to enjoy it now.  I was hooked by this story right away and had such a hard time setting the book aside.  I just had to find out how everything would work out.  I found this book to be a really strong story all the way around.

Aubrey is the mother of a little girl who she loves more than anything.  She is separated from her husband but they have a rather cordial relationship.  Aubrey doesn't always feel like she fits in with the other mom, especially since her separation.  Aubrey has a quick encounter with a mother and son that leaves an impression.  The next day when she sees that same boy being taken against his will at the park she knows she has to get involved.  There is one big problem - no one has reported the boy missing.

I was hooked by this story right away.  There is a lot of different things going on in this story and I loved how everything played out.  Aubrey has her own secrets and problems in her personal life but she just can't help but try to help that little boy.  Aubrey proves to have a lot of skills and I thought it was a lot of fun to see how far she was willing to go to try to get to the bottom of the boy's disappearance.  I thought that Aubrey was a great character and it was really easy to cheer her on with all of the challenges she faced in this story.

Therese Plummer did a phenomenal job with the narration of this audiobook.  She really brought this story to life and added a lot of emotion to her reading.  I liked the variety of voices that she used in the book for the various characters, including a couple of small children.  I think that she was able to make the story even a bit more exciting.  I am pretty sure that I enjoyed this book just a bit more because of her narration.

I would recommend this book to others.  I found this to be a really well done and exciting thriller with a lot of different layers.  I cannot wait to read more from this talented author.

I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library.
About the Author

KELLEY ARMSTRONG graduated with a degree in psychology and then studied computer programming. Now, she is a full-time writer and parent, and she lives with her husband and three children in rural Ontario, Canada.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

18 comments:

  1. Wow, what a premise. What a position to be in - having everyone doubt your credibility when you know what you saw. This sounds like a great thriller, Carole!

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  2. I haven't read anything by Kelley Armstrong since I finished her Otherworld books. Glad you enjoyed this one!

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  3. After starting the Rockton series, I had already determined that I wanted to get to her other thrillers. This does sound good.

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  4. I've only read a couple of this authors books but it sounds like I should read more from her because this sounds good.

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  5. hard to go wrong with kelly. i hope to catch up on some of her work this year
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  6. This sounds thrilling. I may add this to my list. Great review, Carole.

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  7. This sounds great. I've really become a fan of Kelley Armstrong's stuff over the past few years.

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  8. I really need to dive back into Armstrong's books. I haven't read but one of her non-urban fantasy books, if you can believe it. I will have to give this one a try. I am glad you loved it, Carole.

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  9. What a horrible situation to be in

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  10. that premise is pretty cool, I love how the heroine is perceived to be unreliable and has to prove herself while trying to safe a boy

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  11. I plan to read this one eventually. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it so much. It sounds like a gripping read. And that's good to know the narrator added something to book.

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  12. I just borrowed this from the library. I do enjoy other Kelley Armstrong books and Therese Plummer is favorite narrator, I'm looking forward to starting this.

    Great review Carole.

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  13. I ned to get this on my TBR. I love Kelley Armstrong and Therese Plummer.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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  14. I'm usually not into Thrillers, but this one sounds good! 👍✨

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  15. I have a book by Kelley Armstrong and I really need to read it as soon as I possibly can and cannot wait to do so. It sounds like she knows how to craft a brilliant plot and have all the parts that she is balancing weave together very well!

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  16. I loved this also! Kelley Armstrong is such a great writer - I need to read more of her backlist too. I read this as an ebook but I do love Therese Plummer. Excellent review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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