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Here and Gone: A Novel by Haylen Beck
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Here and Gone: A Novel

by Haylen Beck

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Audra has taken her two children and is desperately trying to escape from her abusive husband. When she’s stopped by a Sheriff for having an overburdened car, her true nightmare begins. She’s arrested and her children disappear. Danny Lee hears about her predicament on the news and sees similarities to what had happened to his wife and daughter in the past and he decides to help Audra.

I found the beginning of this book truly shocking and had great empathy for Audra and her children. However, there is no mystery here. You know from the start what has happened to the children and who is at fault. It quickly turns into a search mission for the missing children, which I did not find very suspenseful and felt was too predictable. The book did keep my interest and the main premise is most definitely a troubling one. It was interesting to see Audra’s strength as she faced her battles. And there is suspense involved in whether the children will be rescued in time. But the “incredibly tense and compelling thrill ride” promised did not materialize for me.

This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review ( )
  hubblegal | Mar 27, 2017 |
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A woman escaping an abusive husband with her two children driving across the country who stumbles into a part of a dark underworld where the price of abducting children for unimaginable terrors for the enjoyment of men to whom money is no object. Their goal is fulfillment of sick fantasies. "Here and Gone" by Haylen Beck takes the reader on Audra's journey and her desperation to find her children. Finding anyone to believe her story and help her is frustrating as the media, police, family, and friends have prejudged her to be the instrument of the children's demise. Fortunately, her tale that is splattered through nationwide media lands on someone who feels the spark of sameness to a tragedy that had touched his own life. This novel is a great beach read with strong characters that can easily be seen in a screenplay and film. I received my copy of this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program and enjoyed this work. ( )
  Dawn1361 | Mar 26, 2017 |
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This thriller tells about a woman who is pulled over on the road for a trumped up driving offense and is arrested, leaving her two children in the hands of another deputy for safe-keeping. Once in jail, she asks about the whereabouts of her children and the response is "What children?" Though this human trafficking story is somewhat predictable, it is engaging and a quick, enjoyable read. ( )
  JGoto | Mar 26, 2017 |
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Audra Kinney and her two children are en route to California from New York. Audra's abusive relationship with her husband, Patrick, has reached the point where she needs to keep herself and her children safe by seeking refuge with a friend across the country. They make it as far as a small hardscrabble town in Arizona when she is stopped by a sheriff for a minor infraction. During an unauthorized search of her trunk, a cache of marijuana is found and Audra is handcuffed and put in the back of the squad car. Her immediate concern is for the children in the back of her car. The sheriff assures her that a female deputy has taken them to a safe place. Audra is understandably hysterical about her children and spends a sleepless night in the jail under the watchful eye of the sheriff. When she asks repeatedly about the children's whereabouts, the sheriff responds with the chilling question, "What children?"

The ensuing story is taut with suspense as the plot unfolds, and the very depths of depravity are revealed. My thanks to LibraryThing for this ARC. ( )
  pdebolt | Mar 18, 2017 |
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An adventurous thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the journey. It begins in New York City where Audra is being physically and mentally abused by her husband, Patrick, which is in the process of taking over custody of their two children. But before this happens, Audra takes the kids on a journey across country too live with her friend Mel in San Diego, during the trip she is stopped by a police officer in Arizona. During the stop the officer finds a bag of marijuana in her vehicle, she is placed under arrest. The officer calls for backup to transfer the kids and shortly thereafter the arresting officer states that when he pulled Audra over, there were no kids in the vehicle. Now the nightmare begins, how will this ever turn out ? ( )
  Gatorhater | Mar 16, 2017 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:01:49 -0500)

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