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Review: Not My Boy by Kelly Simmons

Title: Not My Boy by Kelly Simmons
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Contemporary, Domestic Mystery, Suspense
Length: 285 pages
Book Rating: B+

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Who will you cross to protect your own?

When Hannah packs up her past and moves to the cottage next-door to her sister, she hopes the luxe neighborhood and close family ties will be the perfect escape for her son and the shadows that trail them. But when a young girl goes missing days after they unload their final boxes and her son is quickly thrown under suspicion, Hannah must do whatever it takes to protect her child.

Even if that means pointing the blame her sister’s way instead.

With investigators swarming and neighborhood scrutiny closing in, the divide between two sisters grows. As one fiercely defends her husband, the other shields her boy from the crime, keeping quiet the secrets that might unravel it all.

And all the while, one young girl has vanished, and someone is to blame.


Not My Boy by Kelly Simmons is an enthralling domestic mystery.

Hannah Sawyer and her twelve year old son Miles have just moved to a new house in a wealthy enclave. They are thrilled to now live next door to her sister Hillary, brother-in-law Ben and 11 year old niece Morgan. Their mother Eva also lives nearby.  When 6 year old Liza Harris is murdered, Detectives Thompson and Carelli first turn their attention to Miles before setting their sights on Ben. The once close sisters are now on opposite sides as they ferociously protect their loved ones.

Hannah is delighted at the chance for a new beginning following her divorce. She is also grateful for the opportunity for Miles to begin school with a clean slate.  Hannah and Hillary have always been close and they are happy their children will now grow up together.  While Hillary and Ben have money to spare, Hannah is not quite as lucky. She works hard to build up her clientele as she and Miles settle into their new life.

Unfortunately the scrutiny by Detectives Thompson and Carelli does not go unnoticed in their gossipy neighborhood. Hannah is very protective of Miles so she does everything she can to keep his secrets from being exposed.  When Ben falls under suspicion, Hannah breathes a sigh of relief although she cannot believe he has anything to do with Liza’s murder. Instead of being at one another’s throats, will Hannah and Hillary join forces to try to unmask a killer?

Unfolding from Eva and Hannah’s points of view, Not My Boy is a multi-layered domestic mystery that is impossible to put down. The characters are well developed with relatable strengths and weaknesses. The storyline is engaging with plenty of unexpected secrets. With the tension growing with each chapter, Kelly Simmons keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the murderer’s identity is exposed.  Greatly enjoyed and highly recommend to fans of the genre.

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Review: Where She Went by Kelly Simmons

Title: Where She Went by Kelly Simmons
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense
Length: 304 pages
Book Rating: B

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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 happen to Emma. And then, just as Maggie starts to relax, her daughter disappears.

The clues are disturbing. An empty dorm room where Emma was supposedly living. A mysterious boy described as Future Husband in her phone. Dormmates who seem more sinister than friendly. As Maggie combs over the campus looking for signs of her daughter, she learns more about Emma’s life than she ever thought possible.

Kelly Simmons delivers another gripping novel in Where She Went, an unforgettable story of letting go and the secrets that surface when the person keeping them is gone.


Where She Went by Kelly Simmons is a suspenseful domestic mystery.

As soon as the police show up at her salon, Maggie O’Farrell knows something has happened to her eighteen year old daughter, Emma. Unfortunately, her intuition is not wrong and she is devastated to learn to Emma is apparently missing. Immediately demanding to be taken to her daughter’s dorm room, Maggie notices quite a few things that just don’t add up. She also feels like the detective assigned to the case is not pursuing the investigation vigorously enough so she takes matters into her own hands.

Despite feeling sympathetic for her situation, Maggie is a bit of an unlikeable character.  Her reaction to her daughter’s disappearance is understandable but her behavior is over. the. top.  Maggie eventually receives help from a very surprising source, but will she and the police find her missing daughter?

While events in the present unfold, chapters from Emma’s perspective detail what she was involved in during the months leading up to her disappearance. College life falls short of her expectations as she fails to make any real connections to her roommates or other students.  Interested in becoming a reporter for the university newspaper, Emma stumbles onto a story that could be explosive if she can nail down sources to back up her hypothesis.

Where She Went is a clever mystery with an intriguing storyline.  Of the two narrators, Emma is a much more interesting and likable character. Her struggles at university are realistic and relatable. Maggie’s desperation to find her daughter is easy to relate to, but her behavior is exasperating and downright irritating. With the suspense building with every chapter, Kelly Simmons brings the novel to a somewhat abrupt and frustrating conclusion. A bit of a mixed bag but an overall enjoyable mystery with a topical storyline.

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