I’ll start by saying that I really don’t read too many thrillers. Actually, I could probably count how many suspenseful books I’ve read on two hands, which isn’t many, by any means. Normally, I’ve got my nose buried deep in a romance or science fiction novel. And books with both elements? Count me in!
Ever since middle school, I’ve been obsessed with stories about supernatural beings and their powers. I guess I love them because they’re literally out of this world. Those kinds of novels can suck me right in and make me forget about the real world and all my real-world problems. In fact, that’s how I was first introduced to Kelley Armstrong. I loved, loved, loved her Darkest Powers series when I was in high school. Though, I hadn’t read much from her since then. Until I saw info about her latest book, Wherever She Goes, on Facebook.
To briefly summarize, Wherever She Goes starts with a woman named Aubrey who witnesses the kidnapping of a little boy. However, when she reports the crime, no one believes her, and no one else saw a single thing. So, she sets out to find answers and to find him. In the process, she ends up in a whole heap of trouble.
Since I’d read some of Armstrong’s books before, and since I enjoy watching crime shows of all varieties, I decided to give it a shot… and I wasn’t disappointed. I read the book within two days, and that’s partly because I had to sleep and work some of that time. Did I mention I also snuck a few pages while at said work?
From the get go, I wasn’t quite sure what direction this book was going to take. Like I said, I haven’t read too many thrillers or read too many of Armstrong’s books to know her style. So, I didn’t really have any expectations, and I let the story take me wherever it went.
Right off the bat, you realize that Aubrey is hiding something big, something not so terrific about her past. But what? Then, a few pages later, the kidnapping happens, and it’s a whirlwind from there. Did she really see a boy taken against his will, or was it a simple misunderstanding on her end like everyone else believes? Is her past clouding her reality? How is her past and this current situation connected? All these questions and more buzzed around in my head with each turn of the page, with each new tidbit of information shared.
There was never a dull moment, and slowly, but not too slowly that it draws the book out and drives you crazy, you learn more about Aubrey’s past, why she is how she is and what she saw that day. Every time I thought I had it all figured out, as did Aubrey, Armstrong would throw another curve ball into the mix, and I loved every twist and turn.
This is definitely a “lighter” read, so to speak, and I do mean that as a compliment. It’s not loaded with super in-depth descriptions, long and drawn out explanations or fancy legal jargon. It’s a quick, intriguing read that’s perfect for vacation or a beach day!