Here and Gone by Haylen BeckHere and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mothers 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 shes 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 theyre 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.
Audra Kinney has finally left her abusive husband. With her two young children, Sean and Louise, Audra makes her way across America for a fresh start on the West coast. Trying to keep a low-profile, Audra avoids the highways. It is on a country road in rural Arizona that she notices something in her rear-view mirror — a police cruiser with its lights flashing. Her dream start is about to become a nightmare. Here and Gone is a well-polished pot boiler and Beck judges each chapter absolutely perfectly. From the closing words of the first chapter the reader is drawn into not only the life of Audra Kinney but of her fears as well.
Thank you! When her friend casually invites her out to San Diego, she packs up the car and heads west. In the middle of the Arizona desert, a small-town sheriff finds an excuse to pull her over, arrest her, and separate her from her children. In San Francisco, however, a young man named Danny Lee hears about what is happening and decides to fly down to Arizona. There should have been more to say about the victimization of women by the media, or the horrors of human trafficking, but the moral complexity of the main characters somehow carries little resonance.
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Haylen Beck is the pseudonym of Northern Irish crime writer Stuart Neville, and this high-concept Atlantic-crossing novel deftly straddles classic US and British crime fiction.
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With Audra on the run from her abusive, control-freak husband, one nightmare turns into another when she is stopped for a traffic violation in rural Arizona and her children are abducted. Fear soon turns to anguish and crime-mystery turns thriller as lies and brutality from the sheriff begin and a helpless mother's screams fill the air. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover.