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Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong
Published by Minotaur Books on June 25, 2019
Amazon, Audiobook, Barnes & Noble
“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.
I think of Kelley Armstrong as a writer of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. However, most of what I have read from her is mystery suspense. I love her Rockton series, so I decided to give Wherever She Goes, also a mystery suspense story a try.
Aubrey is an interesting character. She is in the middle of a divorce but very accommodating to her spouse even when it hurts her. She shoulders the blame for things, which not all of them are her fault. She is hanging on to issues from her past and it makes her rather odd at times. I do think there were a few people whose behavior towards her were more negative than her behavior warranted.
Aubrey gets caught up in the fates of a child and his mother. She does a great job of tracking down information, better than the police, and in a mostly legal way. It’s hard to know who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, both in her pending divorce, for this child and his mother. I was frightened for them, for Aubrey, her spouse and child, and it was tense.
I really enjoyed this, even though Aubrey was a bit strange at the start, which made it harder to root for her. As she became more herself and doing what she knew was right, it was easy. I love Aubrey’s personal growth and how she finds a new foundation for her life.
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