Here and Gone by Haylen Beck
Published June 20, 2017 by Crown Publishing
Genres Thriller, Suspense
Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother’s desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities.. It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they’re gone than she must have done something with them… Meanwhile, halfway across the country a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return.
This book opens with the main character, Audra driving across country with her two children, Sean and Louise, after fleeing from CPS and her abusive husband. A local sheriff, Whiteside pulls her over in the rural desert of Arizona and arrests her, sending her children with another officers, Collins. Shortly after being arrested, Whiteside starts saying that she never had any children with her when she was arrested and makes it seem like she did something to her children, which of course makes media coverage, which is when a man notices that the story is extremely similar to what happened to his wife in the past and decides to try to help Audra.
The synopsis of this story sounded extremely interesting to me and I did enjoy it. The 3.5 star rating is because I just didn’t find it to be that suspenseful, it was more of a mystery and I am not the biggest fan of mysteries. It was interesting to hear from Sean, Audra’s son’s perspective and the author did do a good job with character development. We learn more about Audra’s past and her abusive husband Patrick as the story moves along. The plot does move along at a pretty fast pace and I did enjoy the author’s writing. This book does deal with some very sensitive topics, important topics but sometimes a bit hard to read. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I think that anyone who is a lover of mysteries will really enjoy this book.
Thank you to the publisher, Crown Publishing, for sending me a review copy of this book.