Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Here and gone is gripping and intense. A real page turner that will have you on the edge of your seat! Brace yourself for this adrenaline pumping ride!

“Audra stared into the empty air inside the cell as tremors worked through her body and limbs, her feet glued to the concrete floor.” (Beck, p. 35).

The Plot: Audra has escaped the abusive grips of her husband Patrick. She is on her way to California with her children, Sean and Louise when she is pulled over by a local cop in Silver Water, Arizona. What should be a normal traffic stop turns in to a terrifying situation when Audra is arrested for possession of marijuana that was never in her car. The kids are taken by the deputy while the sheriff takes Audra to the station. While being questioned about the drugs, Audra demands to know where her kids are. The sheriff’s response, “What children?” Audra must find a way to fight her charges, and team up with a stranger, from out of town, who claims that the same thing happened to him, so she can find her children before its too late!

“‘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.” (Beck, p. 35).

What a ride this was! Here and Gone held me in its grips from page one! I could not put this one down! I was terrified for Audra being charged with false accusations, and even more terrified for the children who had no idea what was going on or what to expect! The author did such an excellent job with making me feel like I was witnessing this heinous crime, and I truly felt the terror Audra and her children felt! This book would make an epic thriller movie! The plot was excellent and the characters were well written.

“But her children had been out there, somewhere, all the while. Terrified, wondering why she hadn’t come and gotten them yet.” (Beck, p. 149).

Audra is such a strong, determined character. She has a horrible past, and we get to witness her transformation, from something weak in to what she is now, through her memory flashbacks of the abuse from her husband. This abuse and enabling from her husband shaped her and helped her change in to something better, but also lends to the doubt she experiences during the story. She uses her past though, and forces herself to stay strong and fight.

“For a few moments she questioned herself again. What if they were right? What if she had done something terrible and couldn’t admit it to herself?” (Beck, p. 149).

Audra’s son Sean, is such a brave little guy. He is so young and innocent, and yet he steps up to take care of his sister. He shows courage from the very beginning when he threatens the sheriff not to hurt his mother. He is smart and curious and radiates hope throughout the entire situation.

“And then she remembered Sean’s face as he told Sheriff Whiteside not to hurt her. Sean, her little an, standing up for her.” (Beck, p. 149).

Here and Gone was such a satisfying thriller! I would most definitely recommend this book to everyone! I could not get enough of it and I loved the way it ended. I will be looking for more from this author.

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Thank you to Blogging For Books for providing me with this free review copy in exchange for my honest review!

 

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