Suspense · Thriller

Book Review – Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Opinion:

Audra and her kids, Sean and Louise, are fleeing NY and are on their way to CA. The journey hasn’t been easy, but they are almost there. That is until their world is turned upside down when Sheriff Whiteside pulls them over and an unspeakable nightmare is about to begin.

Audra approached the bars, put her hands on them. She looked Whiteside in the eye, inches away, on the other side.
“Please,” she said, unable to keep the quiver from her voice. “I’ve done everything you said. I’ve been cooperative. Please tell me where my children are.”
Whiteside held her gaze.
“What children?” he asked.

The opening chapters of this book are fantastic! It grabbed my attention and my mind started churning, wondering where this story would go. This is a frightening, dark, sinister story. The premise of the story is unthinkable, imagine your child being taken away by someone who is sworn to protect you. How do you make everyone believe that you had nothing to do with it? This story is primarily told from the perspective of Audra, but there are a handful of chapters told from the perspective of Sean (Audra’s son) and Sheriff Whiteside. I always enjoy getting multiple perspectives because I think it adds another dimension to any book.

I enjoyed seeing the transformation of Audra. She left her abusive husband only to find herself in an impossible situation. I found myself pulling for her, encouraging her not to give up, and to make those around her listen to her. She is the epitome of why one should never give up and how far a mother would go for her child.

I enjoyed this book, but felt it was missing something, so I’m unable to give it a full 5 stars. Maybe it was due to the fact that it was missing a true mystery element. We were given all the information needed and knew exactly what was going on. Either way it is a great story that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

Thank you NetGalley, Crown, and Haylen Beck for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Suspense

Series: None

Publisher: Crown

Publication Date: 6/20/2017

Pages: 304 (eBook)

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