WHERE SHE WENT By Kelly Simmons

SYNOPSIS

When Maggie’s daughter goes away to college, she can’t shake the feeling that something awful is about to happen. She puts. It down to parental,anxiety, but the feeling doesn’t go away.

And then, just as Maggie starts to relax, her daughter vanishes.

Emma’s dorm room is found completely empty, as if she never lived there, and her roommates are more sinister than friendly. As Maggie combs the campus for signs of her lost child, she finds out more about Emma’s life than she ever expected….

MY REVIEW

This book was ok, but it didn’t really wow me, it didn’t have me wanting to stay up all night to finish it either. It was just ok. Not sure why it’s labelled as a psychological thriller as it more like women’s fiction. It’s well written, it’s just the plot that just seems to fall short. The story is very slow paced and convoluted with too much going on and not getting the answers.

Emma is a college freshman, who disappears, this is the one thing that her overprotective mum Maggie was worried about, that something was going to happen to her daughter. Maybe it’s the fact she had lost her Police officer husband, killed in the line of duty just recently, she then found out he had been having an affair. But now she has to focus on trying to find her daughter Emma who is studying Journalism.

It is understandable to pick up on Maggie’s fears, especially when her daughter goes off to university on her own. The problem is Maggie has been one of those parents who has watched and controlled a lot of Emma’s life, keeping track of everything and everyone she has seen. She has been calling three times a day to check up on her daughter, which would drive anyone a little crazy, especially when Emma is ready to fly the nest. This has also made Emma more naive because she has been basically smothered making her seem immature. But when Maggie does start looking for her daughter there are some things that she didn’t know about Emma, some are disturbing. Has Emma been abducted because of the story she was writing? Or is it something more sinister? Maggie is frantic.

Emma is looking forward to college, to making new friends, to become more independent. Unfortunately she finds it difficult to mix and make friends, being ignored by the more worldly girls in her dormitory. This starts to make Emma resentful and angry towards them, over time. She tries to get a job on the college newspaper but is told to come up with a decent story and then they may consider her, this is when she starts investigating and gathering facts.

The story is told from two points of view Maggie’s story is set in the present and Emma’s goes back in time, giving an insight as to why she has disappeared. Emma’s story basically starts out as her looking for a story for the college newspaper, but it changes to a game of cat and mouse, when she finds a story of a sordid practice which involves older rich men and college students.

Some of the dialogue became repetitive at times, and the ending seemed to be rushed. The ending was also a little disappointing as it was quick and there were things left hanging.

I would like to say thank you to netgalley and Review publishers for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review of this book.

This is available to purchase as an ebook as from the 1st October 2019.


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