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Where She Went

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  128 reviews
What happens when your worst fear comes true?

Her only daughter has just gone away to college, and Maggie O'Farrell knows she's turning into one of those helicopter parents she used to mock. Worrying constantly, texting more than she should, even occasionally dropping by the campus "just to say hi." But Maggie can't shake the feeling that something terrible is about to
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: She had loaded Sarah's number into her phone, just in case. If she couldn't reach her daughter; if she didn't respond to repeated texts or calls, she could call Sarah, and she could run and check on her. Wouldn't Sarah's mother want the same safety net? She still remembered the set of Emma's lips when she'd asked Sarah for her contact info. She was embarrassing her daughter. She was being ridiculous.

But now this.

"This afternoon, Sarah contacted Emma's RA, said she hadn't an
Oct 19, 2019 is currently reading it
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 i ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
This book took me quite awhile to read, which is never a good sign.

Right off the bat, I'm just going to say it...this book was classified incorrectly. It is not a suspense, thriller, or mystery...and it MOST DEFINITELY isn't a psychological thriller. This is women's fiction. And not overly interesting women's fiction at that. As a reader, I find these bogus classifications so frustrating. It's hard not to feel cheated.

Anyway, moving on.

Told from two points of view, those of the mother, Maggie, and the dau
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
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2.5 Stars

The blurb had me thinking this book was everything I could ask for in a guilty pleasure read. Unfortunately, the writing is less than stellar, the characters are lacking in just about every way possible, there is zero chemistry between any of the characters and if I'm being entirely honest, which I always am in my book reviews, the ending felt like it was just thrown out there, and not much back story of it was given, leading to the underwhelming climax.

Kelly Simmons had a great concept here, and s
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Maggie's daughter Emma goes to college. Maggie can't shake the feeling that something is going to happen to Emma. She constantly checks on her and texts her. Intuition proves right when Emma disappears. A story of mother and daughter relationships. How well do you know your child and a scary look at things that are actually happening on campus today. This is a suspenseful mothers worst nightmare. It kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed it.
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Jamie beauty_andthebook_
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
3.5 Stars

Before I go down my rant of how important it is to properly classify a genre of a book - I'll just say - Where She Went is women's fiction, NOT a thriller. Hopefully this classification will help improve your reading experience of what is a very enjoyable women's fiction novel!

Where She Went is an interesting take on a mother/daughter relationship, following the loss of the father/husband and the daughter's first year away at college. There is a sugar baby aspect
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Coming this fall....BINGE READ ALERT.

Told from a multi MC POV.... Maggie and Emma.

Maggie is a widow of a police officer. Emma is a freshman. As both females attempt to make their way Emma goes missing. How does a mother act?

Real raw and fast paced!!

Thnx to the author(ess) and publisher for an early read
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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
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
College freshman Emma disappears and her mother, Maggie, is beyond frantic. Maggie’s had a rough few years after losing her police officer husband in the line of duty and then finding out that he was having an affair. Now Maggie must use her detective skills to
uncover the mysterious story her journalism major daughter was working on for the school paper and how it relates to her disappearance.

This was an ok read for me. It was mildly entertaining but did not knock me off my feet. Th
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book really didn’t work for me. I don’t feel like labeling this as a mystery/thriller is the correct genre, general fiction or women’s fiction would be more fitting. I think this labeling threw me off. I also didn’t enjoy the main characters, ESPECIALLY, Maggie, Emma’s mother who is a missing college student throughout the book.

Maggie, is the widow of a decorated police officer and this little tidbit is brought up continually. I guess to help us understand why she is such a difficult and i
The Lit Bitch
3.5 stars

I had to chuckle when I read the first sentence of the summary ‘Her only daughter has just gone away to college, and Maggie O’Farrell knows she’s turning into one of those helicopter parents she used to mock.’

Having worked in a high school for eleven years in the counseling office, I know a helicopter parent when I see one and the fact that someone used that analogy in their summary felt like this book was written especially for me.

But then things take a dark tu
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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, he
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is essentially a work of women’s fiction wearing thriller clothes. Understandably so, since women driven thrillers are all the rage right now, but still…you can’t help but feel somewhat cheated. Not even a murder here. Just a very close knit mother/daughter unit rendered asunder by college and then thrown into an overdrive when the daughter goes missing. It even utilizes the stereotypical split narrative storyline, from both Maggie the mother and Emma the daughter. So the author makes ...more
Susan Peterson
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a riveting book—suspenseful and intriguing. Maggie O’Farrell is a recent widow—her policeman husband killed in the line of duty when he was with his partner/mistress. Her only child Emma is a college freshman, and Maggie’s life unravels when her daughter disappears. The story is told from both Maggie’s and Emma’s points of view; Maggie’s story is told in the present, while Emma’s story goes back in time, giving us insight into what led to her disappearance. Maggie’s story is an intense, ...more
⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 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. Wh
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

WOW Just WOW! I went into reading this book with no expectations because I peeked at some of the reviews and most of them were luke warm. I opened my copy and started reading and oh how I was transported into this very talented Author's storytelling. This is not like any book you have already read. I applaud this Author for her originality, her character development, the pacing etc. I love, love, loved it from beginning to end. I read this from cov
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.

Caroline Bertaud
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked Where She Went, but I can't say I loved it. The writing style was good, but the story didn't really grab my interest in spite of likeable characters. I probably shouldn't say it, because if you're reading this before reading the book, that's all you'll focus on when you actually read the book, but the number of “Wait, what?”—not from one but seemingly all the characters—really annoyed me. Another thing was the (too) many useless references to church. The novel is labeled as a mystery, bu ...more
Kate Moretti
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adore everything Kelly Simmons writes but I think WHERE SHE WENT is my new favorite! Kelly's writing is always so gorgeous and her characters are so well drawn, flawed and INTERESTING. WHERE SHE WENT takes every parent's nightmare and turns it into a beautiful social commentary, heartrending story, and somehow keeps the suspense up throughout -- no easy feat! Highly recommend Simmon's latest for a perfect fall read!
Oct 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own-to-read
Where She Went is my first book by Kelly Simmons. Having your freshman child disappear from her college is every parent’s nightmare. Maggie has to face the disappearance of Emma alone. Her husband, Frank, a policeman was killed. This is a fast-paced read for most of the story told by chapters alternating between Emma and Maggie. I think this would be a good bookclub book as there is lots to discuss. My thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-for-review
I loved a previous Kelly Simmons novel so I was extremely disappointed in how this one worked. I found it very slow moving (it’s barely 300 pages and took me almost a week to get through), a mystery plot line which ended abruptly and seemed to come out of left field, and didn’t feel any connection to any character. Sigh. Won’t be recommending this one, unfortunately. My thanks to the publisher for the advanced copy.
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story was interesting and had me till the end. The subject is one I wasn’t familiar with so I learned something. The ending went a little too fast. I wanted it to slow down a little so I could enjoy before it was all over. I was pleasantly surprised.

Thank you Sourcebooks Landmark & Netgalley for the opportunity to read this ARC free of charge.
Kathleen Gray
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Where's Emma? Maggie already had a very bad case of empty nest syndrome when she's suddenly asked if she's heard from her daughter. The widow of a police officer, she's a smart cookie, even though she's also, understandably, a bit of a helicopter parent so of course she starts to investigate. Emma, who's had it tough the last few years, didn't find college to be what she hoped for so she went looking for a scoop for the college newspaper, in part to impress a guy. Told in their alternate voices ...more
Shannon Dyer
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc, thriller
Review to come at AAR.
Donna Hines
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
It begins with a missing freshman daughter in college and ends with a whole host of complex problems centering around the professor and the college itself while examining the close knit relations involving bullying by roommates and so called friends.
Be careful who your friends are and know your support would be a great lesson here.
Emma's dad Frank was killed after exposing his affair with a mistress.
Emma's mother now widowed is happy to be an empty nester till the drama unfolds
Savanah Rae
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really thought this book would be a fast paced roller coaster ride, but it was fairly slow, and convoluted with too many things going on and not being tied up.

Neither of the main characters were very likeable, which made it hard to get invested. 2 stars.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book.

Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The nightmare that no parent wants to face. Your teenage, college going daughter goes missing, the Police do not seem to take it seriously and her colleagues are oblivious to the fact that she has been missing from her room and from her classes.

Most mothers hesitate as to whether they are over reacting, it finally dawns that you do not really know what is happening in your daughter's life, you have not been privy to the daily happenings unlike before and that she is now g
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Women’s fiction really, this one.

This was decent, good writing and characters. Did they do stupid things sometimes? Yes, no doubt, but overall they were quite likable.

I didn’t feel any real suspense throughout this story even when Emma goes missing. There is a lot going on here and not all of it is pertinent or gets wrapped up by the conclusion which was fitting and realistic (though not overly exciting or “thriller like”).

The portrayal of a smart but naive kid facing the struggles
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