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Review: Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


I’ve had an ARC of this 2017 thriller for way too long. XD I randomly decided to pick it up this week and flew through it.

Haylen Beck is the pseudonym of author Stuart Neville and he is an author I will be reading more from in the future. I found his writing easy to follow and he did an amazing job of crafting an intense and suspenseful story.

I loved how he wrote the two main characters that we follow, Danny, and Audra, they felt like fleshed out characters. They had flaws and made bad choices but overall were good people and I enjoyed rooting for them. He also did a good job of crafting the villains of the novel that you come to hate by the end.

The main twist was good but not anything amazing compared to the recent thrillers I’ve read this year. I did find some of the story predictable but still enjoyed the read.

I recommend checking out this thrilling ride of a novel!


4 Stars Out of 5 Stars


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