Thanks to the awesome people over at Crown Publishing, I was able to receive an advanced copy of Haylen Beck’s upcoming release, HERE AND GONE (releasing June 20th, 2017!)
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
After reading the synopsis for HERE AND GONE by Haylen Beck, I couldn’t wait to read it. The unreliable narrator paired with, did her kids really exist or were they all in her head? I know they’re completely different, but it made me think of the premise of Flightplan (movie with Jodie Foster). You want to believe the mother but then you start to question her.
We begin with Audra Kinney and her children, Sean (11) and Louise (6) and they’re on the run. Audra escaped her abusive marriage but now Patrick, her ex-husband, is enlisting the help of Child Services to try and obtain custody of both children. She and the kids are leaving New York for the safely of California – right now they’ve pulled over at a roadside store in the middle of the desert in Arizona. With the impending custody ruling, Audra is nervous when seeing a police officer parked at the roadside store.
A little way down the road, Audra is pulled over by Sheriff Robert Whiteside. He pulled her over because her vehicle is overloaded, this increases the possibility of veering out of control on the gravel road. He offers to help drive part of her stuff to the motel she’s planning on staying at, as they’re moving boxes around, Sheriff Whiteside discovers large amounts of marijuana inside her vehicle. She is arrested for possession and the Sheriff calls in Deputy Collins to watch her children while she is brought into custody. After she’s booked at the station she asks about her children and to her horror she hears, “What children?”.
With children involved, the media coverage goes crazy. A man halfway across the country hears the story and it’s eerily similar to what happened to his wife years ago. So he decides that he’s going to do everything he can to help her.
Haylen Beck did an incredible job building the suspense and making a page turning thriller. Creating complex characters, the reader almost immediately sympathizes with Audra and her constant struggle. She does the right thing by leaving an abusive marriage, just to be met with nothing but obstacles. Now the real issue – where are her children? I loved the ending! If you want a good fast paced thriller, then I’d highly recommend this one to you!
I hope you all enjoy this one!!