‘Wherever She Goes'

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By Pat Wellington

By Kelley Armstrong

To survive her early tragedies like the death of her mother in a car crash when Aubrey Finch was just a child and later the suicide of her father, she turns to crimes she has never shared with anyone, not even her attorney husband Paul.

When the novel opens Aubrey suggests a trial separation that means she’ll only see three-year-old daughter Charlotte on weekends.  During one of these cherished visits mother and daughter go to a nearby park where Charlotte plays with a boy a little older than she is and Aubrey talks to the young mother.

Days later Aubrey sees the boy again—being dragged into an SUV and calling for his mother who’s mysteriously absent.  After the vehicle peels away, Aubrey files a police report, but no one believes her because no one has reported a boy missing. People even begin treating her like an attention-grabbing crank.

Like Armstrong’s other books, this one starts with a bang and then maintains a steady pace.  With no help from police Aubrey decides to investigate on her own. In a previous life she was good and hacking and she puts those skills to good use. She does track down the boy’s mother and her family but this information also leads to some bad people.  Soon she finds herself and her own family in danger.

While she searches for the boy, Aubrey is also dealing with the crisis in her marriage and struggling to make the right decisions so her daughter won’t be taken from her. Her complicated relationship with her husband is refreshingly mature as it turns out.

Armstrong has created a great character in Aubrey—a determined, smart woman who is trying to overcome her past and find the truth about a little boy and his mother before it’s too late.

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