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Wherever She Goes

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Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong is a fast-paced thriller that is sure to sweep readers up in its very first pages.  The premise is seemingly straightforward - a woman witnesses a child being abducted from a park.  But when she reports the incident to the police, she is virtually ignored by officers who claim that without a formal report of a missing child, the incident will be all but dismissed.

Aubrey Finch, the woman at the center of things, is living a lie, and is in possession of a past that is shrouded in secrecy.  Separated from her husband Paul, Aubrey has very limited custody of her young daughter, and is living by drastically reduced means.  We soon learn, however, that Bree has a very particular skill set, so what has led her to these diminished circumstances?  Told solely from Bree's own perspective, the reliability of the narrative is called into question as she conducts her own singular search for the boy that she has seen snatched.

This is a compelling story that will have the reader dissecting Bree's personal history, and sanity, as she risks her own safety, and even that of her family, to find the answers to a case that is being virtually denied by law enforcement.  Although I raced through the majority of the story, I did find the ending to be a bit of a letdown to an otherwise sharp and strong plot.  This is the first of Ms Armstrong's novels that I have read, but I will seek her out in future.  

Many thanks to NetGalley and St Martin's Press for this ARC.
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I received this ARC for an honest review. This story is about Aubrey. She is a complex character. I don’t want to give too much away. She feels like an outsider. She left her marriage because she knew Paul was unhappy. She still loved him, but left so he could be happy. One weekend, when she had her daughter, Charlotte, they went to the park.  Another mother and son was playing hide & seek, the little boy came over to play. Aubrey & the mom began talking. Aubrey becomes hopeful maybe they can become friends. They next day she went jogging in the park and noticed the little boy by himself. Aubrey kept looking for the mom, but couldn’t locate her. Then she watched as a SUV pull up and call the boy over and take the boy. The boy was fighting. Aubrey tried to run after the SUV and get license plate and picture of the SUV, but it was driving away too fast. Aubrey contacted the police, and her life started to spiral out of control after. I am not going to give any more away. YOU MUST READ THE BOOK!!! 
This story takes so many twists and turns. The story could be a stand a lone or a start to new series. I hope it is start to a new series, because I would love to see how the story of Aubrey and Paul develops.
Give it a chance. You won’t be sorry.
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I first read Omens by Kelley Armstrong and loved the series, I recently finished Watcher in the Woods from the Casey Duncan series and loved that as well!

Aubrey witnesses a child abductions in a park, the only problem is that no-one believes her, particularly as no child has been reported missing. Is she overwrought because she misses her daughter so much? Aubrey goes from being a stay-at-home mom to a working librarian who gives up custody to her husband. She knows what people think of her, what kind of mother does that, she must be unstable. 

Aubrey, however has a past that she cannot let her husband discover, she may lose her daughter for good. That same past though uniquely positions her to investigate the abduction. 

This was a fun, entertaining  read, I enjoyed the characters, the author has the ability to write strong woman well. They are not cliched or 'Overdone" and the dialogue is not annoying. I will be looking out for her next book.
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A mothers worst nightmare her son goes missing but for Aubrey it's a bystanders worst fear not being believed!
Holy smokes! 
When you know you seen a child abduction take place and report it yet you are now the center of the investigation as they believe you're crazy, delusional, and paranoid.
She's a former mom who lost custody of her own daughter so clearly she must be unstable. Right?!
The law doesn't always work for everyone especially parents who are running out of fear and certainly fear of her past mistakes.
Can she save this boy against her own better judgement before it's too late!
Watch, read, learn!
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Thank you to Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for an advance of this title in exchange for my honest review.  Aubrey, a woman estranged from her husband, with a past that causes her to hide from the world, witnesses a kidnapping.  The problem:  No one believes her.  Aubrey tried to use her skills from the past to find this little boy, without putting herself or her family in danger.  I loved this book, and I'm going to give it a solid 4, truly a 4.5.  I liked the character, the chemistry between Aubrey and her husband, and the plot.  I usually sigh when I think a book might be leaning toward a series, but in this case, I'd welcome it in a heartbeat.   I looked up this author, as I've never read her books in the past.  It looks like her talent runs to a variety of genres, and I'll be checking out some of her others, based on this one.
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But Aubrey , who has quite the past, wont let go.  She herself is a recent single mother of a 3 year old and she refuses to let go as she juggles, her ex husband, her job, and her daughter all the while using skills that she has learned  in her past.  

I loved this book.  You cant help but cheer on Aubrey as she gets herself involved that endangers those around her.  

I would love to see more of Aubrey  in future books.  

You can't go wrong with a Kelley Armstrong book and this book does not disappoint.

Thanks to Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read Wherever She Goes.
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This was a really good read with a lot of suspense. The build up was at a great pace and the building of the plot was excellent. I liked the characters a lot! I hope that maybe there will be a continuation of the story.
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I am still waiting not to love anything new by this author, and if this is how she “disappoints,” then more power to her! 

Aubrey Finch, 30, has been separated from her husband Paul, a well-off criminal defense attorney, for six months.  She only sees her three-year-old daughter Charlotte (“Charlie”) on weekends.  Aubrey lives in a run-down place, refusing to take any of Paul’s money; she feels she deserves her fate (at least, in the sense of karmic justice) because of her secret criminal past.   Paul didn’t know about it, and having to keep secrets from him inevitably created a wedge in their marriage.

One day while at the park with Charlie, she met a young mother with a son around five and they chatted  a bit.  Two days later, she saw the boy alone in the parking lot, and witnessed what she believed was his kidnapping.  The police didn’t take her seriously because no one reported a missing child.  The local news, however, showed her at the police station claiming a kidnapping had taken place.  Now that her name and face are out in public, she realized she was in danger, but couldn’t just stand by and not try to help:

“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.”

And the cost turned out to be high, indeed.  

Evaluation:  This is a very compelling story with a great deal of page-turning tension.  The relationship between Aubrey and Paul, and between each of them and Charlie, is a touching and poignant counterbalance to the dangerous and scary aspects of the story.  If you are a fan of the author’s  Nadia Stafford series, this book has similar elements, and you will not want to miss it!
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I enjoyed this book.  Got a little crazy towards the end (hence the four stars vs five) but nevertheless an enjoyable read with likable characters.  Recommend.
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What a great thriller! This is the first adult novel by Kelley Armstrong that I have read and I loved it! I was on the edge of my seat the whole entire time.  Great twists and turns.  Aubrey is a great character with many layers.  Her life has been full of changes as she has moved out and separated from her husband.  One day in the park with her daughter, Aubrey meets and talks to a woman and her son.  Shortly after Aubrey sees the young boy alone and watches as he is kidnapped.  The problems begin when Aubrey is the only one to report a missing child.  Aubrey knows what she saw and she is confident that there is more to what she saw than what the police believe so she uses her special skill set that she has hidden away to help her figure out what is really going on.  I loved the dynamic between Aubrey and her husband, as well as the character development.  This was a quick read and I can't wait to read more by Armstrong! Thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion.
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I was given this arc by netgalley in exchange for an honest review it does not effect my review in anyway...First thanks to the publisher for always supplying my Kelley Armstrong obsession. I just adore everyone of her books...with that being said...The police think Aubrey is crazy, Aubrey thinks her estranged husband is trying to move on, Aubrey thinks her past broke up her marriage to Paul, could the police be right is Aubrey imagining a little blonde boy kidnapped or is she the only one who knows the truth and will go to hell and back to search for that little boy even though she is dealing with her own struggles...her own daughter Charlotte and an impending divorce and custody battle with Paul or so she believes. This book was incredible. From start to finish it has the reader guessing at every page. Kelley knocked it out of the park with this book, the plot amazing, the ending sweet and beautiful. This book is not to miss. Loved it so much.
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I love Kelley Armstrong’s body of work, and I enjoyed the pace, plot, and characters in this book.

However, there is a major factual inaccuracy that sullied this one for me. Since it was consistently referred to throughout the work, I feel the need to address it. There are many noble jobs one can have in a library with only a high school education- clerk, aide, page, etc. However, being an actual librarian requires an advanced degree. The author regularly refers to the protagonist’s lack of formal education yet calls her a librarian because she works part time at a library. This undermines the hard work, skill set, and schooling required to become an actual librarian. As the general public often seems surprised to know that we have earned Master’s Degrees, perpetuating the notion that no formal training is needed to become a librarian does our entire profession a huge disservice.
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***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of WHEREVER SHE GOES by Kelley Armstrong in exchange for my honest review.***

Separated from her husband Paul, Aubrey only sees her daughter on weekends. When she sees a small boy abducted from the park, the police think she’s making up the story for attention. Aubrey is a hot mess, hiding in plain sight from the law, even Paul doesn’t know about her past.  She flounders at her job in the library, the source of gossip from coworkers. She decides if the police won’t investigate the boy’s kidnapping, she will.

WHEREVER SHE GOES had me guessing about the reliability of Aubrey’s narration from the get go. After all, someone who lies about her past to her husband for her their entire marriage may also lie to readers. Or she might be mentally ill. Telling the truth was further down my list of possibilities.

I can’t say much about why I didn’t enjoy the book more without giving away the plot but I will say the way things transpired didn’t engage me as a reader. 

WHEREVER SHE GOES kept me interested enough to read in one sitting.
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I have read a lot of Kelley Armstrong's books and I usually love her books and characters.  This one started out pretty good but I had problems with the lack of communications between the couple and the secrets she kept from her husband.  I also had problems with some of her behavior.
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I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review 

Oh man, this one started out so good and ended so crazy. I’d give five stars for the first half and 1 for the second, so that’s an average of three. Tragic
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Thank you NetGalley and St Martin's Press for this arc.

While I've really enjoyed  Ms. Armstrong's  Rockton stories and her Cainsville books, this one felt like it was just phoned in.  Not that it was a bad read, it wasn't.  The characters didn't feel as well developed, like they were phoned in too.  There was action....   some plausible, some not so much.   The "plot twist" felt like she just hadn't bothered smoothing her skirt down after a long sit.   Whatever, it just didn't feel like her best effort went into this one.

2.5 stars rounded up
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Aubrey witnesses a boy being kidnapped from a local park and immediately calls the police. Both Aubrey and the police are stymied, because no one has reported a child disappearing or being taken. Maybe Aubrey was mistaken? The police think so, and with nothing further to act on, their hands are tied. But Aubrey, a mother who no longer has primary custody of her own daughter, becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened. Aubrey is a great conflicted and multifaceted character with a questionable past, a real character that readers will identify with and cheer for
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