Title: Here and Gone
Author: Haylen Beck
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 is an intriguing, fast-paced novel that really highlights the desperation you’d feel if you lost your kids -especially if people who were supposed to protect you were behind their disappearance.
This book is, in a way, SO frustrating to read because you know where the kids have gone, Audra knows who has taken her kids, but NO ONE WILL BELIEVE HER. Ahh! This book certainly got me interested and it had some brilliant characters. Audra herself is a brilliant protagonist – she admits she’s not been perfect in the past but she’s a strong female character who I thought was great! I don’t want to give anything away but I particularly liked when she hit things in anger, and parts when she really attacked people – despite female characters often being the ones expected to be a bit more forgiving, or a bit ‘softer’, she wasn’t and I liked her for it.
A big part of the story is pretty uncomfortable to read about at times, but it all added to the pretty dark and twisted plot. There were some parts which are quite ‘out there’ but I didn’t feel like any of it was too unbelievable for this genre.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. It’s a fast-paced, dark at times but nevertheless fun read which kept me hooked!
Many thanks to Crown publishing and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.