Where She Went

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 11 Oct 2019

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*thank you to Netgalley, Kelly Simmons and SOURCEBOOKS for an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review*


3 stars.

This story was, overall, pretty good. But the downside for me was that at times it was a bit slow and hard to not be distracted while reading it. The ending was....meh and yes I know this is not a mystery/thriller story and it is woman's fiction so there was never ment to be a huge burst of tension but I guess I wish for a bit more. But that's just me. I did still enjoy it for the most part but I wouldn't re-read it.
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

I finally read a book by Kelly Simmons!! Where She Went was a fairly short book at under 300 pages, and they really flew by for me as I waited to find out how all the things would come together.

Maggie's daughter Emma has just started college and is living in the dorms, and Maggie has been missing her a lot but trying not to be a helicopter mom. But when she gets a visit from a police officer saying Emma seems to have disappeared she intermediately demands they take her to the college. What she finds is a room empty of all her daughter’s things and the police saying she should go home and let them do their job. Clearly Maggie does not do that, and she starts to do a little digging on her own. I really loved both Maggie and Emma, and they had just the right amount of depth for me. I also really liked the fact that Maggie was no nonsense and such a strong woman.

I also very much enjoyed the setup of the novel. It switches back and forth between Maggie and Emma with Emma's viewpoint being everything leading up to her disappearance. Emma was sassy and smart, and clearly had great morals which was nice to see in a teenage character. I found Where She Went to have just enough suspense to keep me reading, and I had a hard time putting it down.

Song/s the book brought to mind: Whatever It Takes by Imagine Dragons

Final Thought: I'm not entirely sure how believable everything that happens in Where She Went actually is, but I don't care about that and I really enjoyed the plot. If you only like books where you could picture it happening in real life, you may not like this one, but if you are like me and use books as an escape you should really enjoy it! I thought the ending was a tad anticlimactic, but overall I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to read more by Simmons!

Thank you to the publisher for my advanced review copy via NetGalley. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
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This is a great fast paced read.    I was take in immediately.   This book had me thinking about what it is going to be like sending my own kid off to college in a couple years.   I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to friends.
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Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own

Follows the POV of Maggie the mom in the present and Emma the daughter in the past as we read what happens up until she goes missing. One thing that always annoys me is when there are way to long paragraphs, like in this book. It started out good but then it become somewhat boring and slow moving. It just dragged on without nothing really happening. I ended up being disappointed with the book. It drags on, then suddenly something happens and then the book is over! There are to many unanswered questions for me to be happy with the book.
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This was my first ever read by Kelly and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. How would you handle if your daughter in her first year of college went missing? All twists and turns keeps you guessing. I will definitely be rereading and recommending to all that want a fast pace read!
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This novel was really well written and I did care about what happened to the characters.  I thought the ending was very rushed and everything wrapped up really quickly.  I was left feeling a little like I had missed something.
Overall, it was an okay book,  but it did take me a while to get into and to keep reading.
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Where She Went by Kelly Simmons is a compelling read that kept me hooked the entire way through. I enjoyed the two timelines and narrators and how they eventually converged in a way that I did not see coming at all. This book really took me back to my own college memories, some of which really helped me relate with Emma. I enjoyed the simple, yet descriptive writing style of Where She Went, which was the first book I read by Simmons. I will be searching out more of hers, especially after reading the questions she answered in the back of the book. I do wish the ending wasn't so open-ended though and I felt there were some gaps in the story as well.
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This was such an amazing read that I couldn’t put it down. It went everywhere with me. To the doctors office, the dentist, the eye doctor. IT WENT ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE. I was so sad when it ended that I immediately went and bought more books from this author!
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This was my first book by this author, and I can positively say that I really enjoyed reading this one. Its captivating. For sure I will be checking other books written by this author.
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I receive this from Netgalley for honest review.

What a great thriller and suspense it was to read. What a great psychological thrill! This novel had everything in it. The thrill, the suspense, the psychological, and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beating so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every page, every chapter was a page turner. I couldn't believe my eyes what I was reading. It will surprise you in every way.

The storyline was very good! 
The theme and setting was well put together. The characters was well put together in the story. 
This story will have in a rollercoaster with all the spooky and secrets. Was so well put in the story. 
Everything all in one book. 
It was just perfect!
 This had me hooked from the beginning. What a Rollercoaster! The sitting, theme, and the Characters had me pulled so in. Everything was well put together and it was just perfect. This novel would have you guess and thinking all the way to the end. What a great thrill and suspense. I love a great suspense that would have me think and guessing. This novel did just that to me. To the point that am wrong. When the ending comes am on shock. I wouldn't of never believe or guess. Like OMG! 
Highly recommend everybody get this book and read it. Its so good! 
Can't wait for her next book.
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Part thriller, part mystery, part women's fiction! Saying that it had everything I love in a book. Multiple character POV and tension on many levels. I loved that I had no clue "where she went" and really enjoyed the story. The ending came quickly for me and made me wonder about what else may have happened, which to me is just fine as I don't think everything needs to be wrapped up and it leaves it open to imagination.
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If your favoured reading material is a novel with a good sprinkling of mystery, secrets, menace, suspense, a sense of foreboding and complicated relationships, then feel at liberty to read  this latest offering by Kelly Simmons - Where She Went.

Kelly Simmons gave the reader some excellent characters, most of whom had appeal despite their flaws and I cared about them from the very beginning. Of course, there were, in my opinion, a few less palatable ones who were meant to be scorned. 

Told in alternating chapters and set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the back and forth in time worked in retaining my interest and attention and even though parts of the novel were quite slow-moving, I was never bored but instead, was lured ever deeper into this wonderful tale. The reader was furnished with the viewpoints of both Maggie, the mum, and her daughter, Emma.

Nothing was what it seemed, and Kelly Simmons released her clues and information in such a way that I did not want to put down my kindle and wait for the next chapter. The writing really flowed and there were wonderfully crafted descriptions of the people. What stood out for me was the portrayal of college life and the alarming lengths that impressionable college women are prepared to go to in order to fit in, providing a rich arena for unscrupulousness and evil. 

Where She Went was a suspenseful read and the author’s great talent made this a wonderful story that I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated for the entertainment it was. The ending was something of a surprise to me as I did not suspect the conclusion.

Overall, I'd say that Where She Went is a little gem and a book that I'm so pleased to have read!

I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Sourcebooks Landmark via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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The story take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and surrounds a hardworking single mother (Maggie) who is also the widow of a police officer who was shot in the line of duty.   Maggie is also suffering from empty nest syndrome since her eighteen year old daughter (Emma) has recently started college and is living on campus.   Maggie is a highly stressed and anxious woman and is having a difficult time separating herself from Emma.   While the college is just on the other side of town, Maggie drops in on Emma with cookies or other baked goodies trying to keep extra tabs on her daughter and texting or calling Emma several times a day.   Emma dearly loves her mother but she has enough, feeling embarrassed and also like a square peg fitting in with her more wordly roommates.   Maggie backs off and just when she is adjusting and starting to relax, she gets a visit from the police and they inform her that her daughter is missing and they are not sure when or how she disappeared!

This was my first book by Kelly Simmons and I was realy looking forward to reading it since she has wriiten quite a few books and has a great fan base.   Unfortunately, I had a difficult time with this story.   I was expecting a psychological thriller and this was definitely more of a womens fiction with a tad of mystery without any suspense.   The first couple of chapters were very good and and then just seemed to ramble on and on.   I should have read this book very quickly, but I kept putting it down struggling to finish.   To be fair, I want to say there were some interesting turns
and the writing was good but sometimes the story jumped around too much and became disjointed and the Maggie character simply exhausted me.   She was so neurotic and aggressive that I couldn't sympathize with her dilemma's because she became such an unlikable, hot mess!   The Emma character was pretty good, very likeable and seemingly realistic for a freshman in college, and I was very sympathetic for her situation.   I thought there would be a big redeeming twist at the end, but sadly (for me) it just fell flat.   I'm not quite sure what the author wanted with this story.   The blurb was exciting and sounded suspenseful with the storyline sounding like "Every Mother's Nightmare" but it became (This Mother was a Nightmare)!
     I want to say that I may be in the minority with my opinions and if you are looking for a woman's fiction then you may want to try this book, but if you are looking for a suspenseful mystery this just isn't the one!

I want to thank the publisher "Sourcebooks Landmark" and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this Advanced Reading Copy!

I have given a rating of 2 1/2 Struggling ** 1/2 Stars!!
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A mother's worst nightmare is for her child to disappear. In this case, the child is an 18 year old girl who has recently started college. The story is tense and I thought it was a real page-turner. I was anxious to find out if the daughter would be found and where she'd been. There were lots of clues that lead you in the wrong direction which made the ending even more interesting.

When Maggie's daughter Emma goes away to college, Maggie is very worried about her. In the last year, her husband (Emma's father) had been killed in the line of duty when he was with his partner who was also his mistress on police business. The novel is told by Maggie after Emma goes missing and by Emma before she went missing to show how she got from being a college student to where she ended up (can't tell you any more than that without spoiling it.) When Maggie finds out that Emma is missing, she goes into full scale mama bear mode. She wants answers and she wants them now. She tries to tell the police what to do and when they won't follow her suggestions, she does thinks on her own. The more she finds out about Emma's life at college, the more worried she gets. Even though they had been very close, Emma started keeping secrets from her mother when she went away to college which makes finding Emma even more difficult.

This is a taut well written book about a missing child and about the changes that happen in a parental relationship between a mother and a daughter as they grow up. Overall it's a story about love and how far a mother will go to protect her child.

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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This book takes every mom’s worst fear, and turns it into a realistic and terrifying story! This page turner will keep you up long past your bedtime, and you won’t be sorry. Be warned-chapters jump between mom Maggie and her daughter Emma. This can make for a choppy story, but after a few chapters it didn’t bother me in the slightest
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I just finished Where She Went! Told from both a mother and daughters point of view when the daughter goes missing from college this was a really easy story to get engrossed in. Told in alternating chapters Maggie's story begins with word that her daughter is missing, while Emma's chapters start from before she disappears. Maggie will stop at nothing to find out what has happened to her daughter and on a college campus not everything is as it appears to a parent's eye. With a story line that will keep you on your toes this is a perfect read for anyone who loves a good mystery!
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3.5 Stars

Maggie O'Farrell knows the moment she answers the door that something is wrong, you can't be the wife, or widow, of a cop without recognizing right away when a cop is at the door for something bad. She knows something has happened to Emma. As she is escorted to Emma's college she begins to pick apart the things she knows herself, like how Emma couldn't have been staying in the dorm and that something sinister must be lurking in the small college town. As she walks in her daughters footsteps, desperate for answers, she learns she didn't really know Emma at all anymore.

Gripping and fast paced, Where She Went by Kelly Simmons follows Maggie as she pushes for answers in her daughters disappearance. With alternating perspectives, Simmons gives readers a glimpse into Emma's college experiencing leading up to her disappearance and finds Maggie pushing the cops to try harder as she tries to place herself into Emma's shoes. Maggie is the classic, overprotective mom, Emma is the friendly, but naive new college student. They are two peas in a pod, so similar to one another, which I found lent itself to the story. I could see them in one another and believed in Maggie as she followed the few clues she could find. I loved the alternating chapters, it made the book more suspenseful and the anxiety I felt pushed me to keep reading. While I wouldn't call it a thriller, it certainly had all the right elements of a mysterious suspense read.

Where She Went isn't predictable, I really was quite surprised in the end, but it does lack some of the thriller aspects I usually enjoy in my suspense reads. The events leading up to Emma's disappearance feel mundane in comparison to Maggie's encounters as she hunts for clues. The twists are fairly mild and the conclusion felt more like a blanket laid down to soothe fears rather than that feeling of needing a deep breathe after having ran for one's life. It's all a matter of perspective and what you're looking for in your read though. If women's suspense/thriller is what you need for your Autumn cozy read, then I recommend Where She Went for sure.

A quick read that kept me glued to the pages, Where She Went is an intriguing mystery novel with characters that are realistic and relatable. I enjoyed the unraveling of secrets, complicated relationships, and the characters that made this story feel like a true crime read.
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Rated 4.5 - Where She Went by Kelly Simmons is an edgy, suspenseful story focused on family and what we’ll do to save our own. The two viewpoints and timelines push the story forward in an exhilarating ride to the end.

Maggie has been dealt one dirty deal after another, but through it all she loves her daughter like every mother should. Moms will relate to Maggie’s persistence and willingness to break every rule of society, stepping outside what’s comfortable, to save her daughter Emma when she goes missing.

I empathized with Emma’s struggle as a new college student. Her feelings about not being the cool girl are relatable. I love when the good of a possible outcome, plus the agitation at what’s wrong and should be corrected, forces a person to go beyond their norm and push for the truth.

That’s Emma. She’s insecure, aware that college isn’t what she hoped for, but takes the situation in hand anyways. Emma is far from perfect, and she does some stupid things, but that made me like her even more.

The dual timeline was excellent. It accelerated the suspense and propelled the story forward. The result? Two people finding out who they really are when one of them acts completely out of character. The rollercoaster that follows is a nail-biter.

I loved everything about this novel. Its pacing is slow enough to make me want to race ahead, but detailed enough to draw me in while skipping nothing. The characters are clever and realistic with today’s attitudes, including confusion over what the world expects and what you know is right. The book has heart and I loved the message.

I can understand some readers’ frustration with the book’s classification. This one is hard to categorize. It’s suspenseful with engaging characters I cared about from the beginning. I can see some women’s fiction and thriller attributes, but above all, it’s suspenseful – just not romantic suspense. Expecting a psychological thriller did not ruin this story for me because the author’s talent made me forget why I requested the book for review. I just enjoyed it for the entertainment it was. The only tiny blip of a criticism I have is that I wanted an epilogue with a more detailed look into the future.

In the end? I did not suspect the conclusion. Don’t stay on the fence with this one – just get it and enjoy the ride. I loved the author’s style and she captivated me from beginning to end.

With pacing that’s riveting, Kelly Simmons writes a story all mothers and daughters will relate to, plus be thankful for who we are right now.

Review by Dorine, courtesy of TheZestQuest.com.
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Your daughter goes to college to spread her wings. Maggie is still the overbearing mother popping in to see her daughter Emma. Emma tells her mum to cool off and stop coming so much.
But while Maggie is at work a police officer  calls to see her . She tells Maggie that Emma is missing. Maggie goes to the college and all Emma’s belonging have gone.
What has happened to Emma has she gone off somewhere on her own or has she been taken ?
Thanks NetGalley
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DNF. So clunky that I could practically hear the gears grinding as I read. The writing is serviceable but that does not help lift the lackluster plot at all.
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