Here and Gone by Haylen Beck
Book Review – 3 out of 5 star rating
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