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Here and Gone (2017)

de Haylen Beck

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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" --… (més)
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What a great ride this was! I totally recommend this to anyone you likes a good thriller!

The story begins with a woman that is fleeing away with her kids, trying to escape an abusive husband. They are somewhere in Arizona, through the desert and the dust, avoiding main roads and interstates, in fear of being chased either by her husband or the police. While on a country road, she is being pulled away by a local sheriff. She is not unshaken and that gives the sheriff something to deal with. Only that. his behavior is very unsettling. Soon after, things go out of hand and she finds herself arrested and her kids being taken away by a deputy. Next thing she knows, everyone starts saying there never were any kids in the car.

Meanwhile, far from Arizona, on another side of the country, a man, skilled with knives and pistols, hears the frenzied news reports about two missing kids and a lone woman, their mother, being accused of harming them. This pretty much sounds like what happened to his own wife and daughter. He keeps following the case through the news, until at some points decides to take action.

As the story unfolds, we get glimpses of the past and bit by bit we come to understand what made that woman run away with her children and what she has been scared of. She has a pretty good idea of what might be happening and she is doing her best to make it clear to anyone. Only that, that sheriff’s doing and the reason of her arrest makes the police look in her past and form a picture of her that gives her no credibility at all. What happened to innocent until found guilty? It surely is not present in this case. If it where, someone would have listened to her side of the story and made some investigation. But the cops are biased and whatever she says, sounds like a lie to them. There is one agent that treats her better than the rest of the police, but even her doesn’t believe the woman’s statement.

The background story of the woman’s life is really strong. It’s a story that many women all over the world go through and very few of them find the power and the help to get free of it. An abusive husband is not easy to deal with. A clever and patronizing husband, that orchestrates everything and looking ahead of time to create the perfect environment that will clear himself in the future, if ever needed and make her look like the bad person in the equation is even worse. Especially when she has no friends or family she can turn to. It’s a really good way to draw awareness to the matter.

The other equally strong theme that is portrayed in the story is that of child abuse. This becomes visible from the beginning but thankfully it’s only there as an idea, of what will or might happen if everything goes according to plan. But it does create a really vivid picture of what our world is made of.

Overall, this was a really good thriller with the exact doses of agony one could take. I would like to see more of Danny, the man with the knife skills, but I guess this was done this way on purpose by the author and I accept that.

Thank you to NetGalley for an advance copy of this book. The views expressed are my personal and honest opinion. ( )
  GeorgiaKo | Dec 1, 2020 |
4.5 stars.

Haylen Beck's Here and Gone is an edge of the seat suspenseful novel about a woman who falls victim to a corrupt sheriff and his deputy in a small town in Arizona.

Audra Kinney, along with her two children, ten year old Sean and six year old Louise, are nearing the end of their cross country flight from New York to California when she is pulled over by Sheriff Ronald Whiteside. Nervous and fearful since she is fleeing from her abusive husband, Patrick, Audra is shocked when the routine traffic stop results in her arrest for drug possession. Worried about what will happen to her children, she complies with Whiteside's orders and she is only mildly relieved when her children are picked up by Deputy Mary Collins. But it is not until Audra arrives at the local jail that events take a truly terrifying turn when she asks about her children and the sheriff very chillingly replies, "what children?"

Right from the beginning of her horrifying ordeal, the deck is completely stacked against Audra. Her history of drug and alcohol addiction is used against her by the authorities and the media and her wealthy husband and mother-in-law do everything they can to smear her reputation. Crucified in the media, Audra tries to convince FBI Agent Jennifer Mitchell to look deeper into Whiteside and Collins, but Mitchell has no reason to doubt the law enforcement officers' account of events. Audra's alarm about her children's well-being increases as she tries and fails to persuade anyone to take her claims seriously. However, just as she is running out of options, help arrives from a very unexpected source.

Danny Lee might not know Audra but her story about what happened to her and her children is all too familiar. His arrival in the small AZ town does not go unnoticed and Whiteside immediately begins trying to intimidate the newcomer. While Danny's offer help is not altogether altruistic, aiding Audra might help him find answers he has been searching for the past several years. Danny and Audra are soon in a race against time to locate Sean and Louise before Whiteside can carry out his end of a thoroughly evil deal.

Here and Gone is a fast-paced thriller without much mystery to the storyline since readers know exactly what happened to Audra, Sean and Louise. The motivation for Whiteside's despicable actions is also crystal clear right from the start as well. However, there is no shortage of suspense as Audra continues to try to convince anyone who will listen that her children are in terrible danger and that she is innocent of any involvement in their disappearance. With the clock ticking down to find Sean and Louise before it is too late, Haylen Beck brings the novel to a pulse-pounding, adrenaline-filled conclusion. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
Spannung, Dramatik und ein wenig Action. Kurzweiliger Lesespaß. ( )
  masland | Dec 2, 2019 |
(This review will be on my blog All the Ups and Downs soon).

What a book! As soon as I read the book synopsis, I knew this would be a great book. I just didn't know how good it would be!

I loved the world building in Here and Gone. Haylen Beck does a great job in making everything feel real. I felt like I was actually in the small town of Silver Falls. I could even picture the small police station.

The pacing was fantastic! I was immersed in the story right away. Here and Gone's action takes place within the first few chapters. After that, this book is hard to put down. The chapters are very short, so it's easy to say "just one more chapter" before realizing that you've read the whole book!

The plot was believable and written very well. A woman on the run from her abusive husband gets stopped by a police officer is a small town. The cop finds a bag of marijuana, and he places her under arrest. He calls for another police officer to take the woman's children to a safe place. However, when the woman and police officer arrive at the police station, the police officer acts as if she never had any children. Yes, there have been similar plots, but this one was very interesting, and it is something that could and probably does happen.

The characters were very well written. I felt Audra's pain and fear. I couldn't even imagine if someone took my kids from me. Audra was such a great character. I really admired her strength. I also loved the character of Danny. He was such a tough guy, but I loved his story and felt bad for him too. I hated Office Whiteside, not because he was a badly written character. Quite the opposite. Whiteside was written so well. I wanted to see Whiteside hurt. He was such a horrible man. Officer Collins was also written well. There were times I did feel bad for her though. Mitchell was also a fantastic character. She was one of my favorites even if she wasn't a main character. Sean and Louise were well written characters too. I loved Sean's brave spirit and how protective he was in regards to his sister.

There are themes of violence, death, alcohol and drugs within this book. There's also some bad language. However, I think all of these things fit the book appropriately.

I would definitely recommend Here and Gone by Haylen Beck to others. This is one of these books where the writing is done perfectly, and the story line draws you in right away. I would love to see Here and Now become a film. I think it would be excellent. Definitely give this book a read as soon as you can. You won't regret it! ( )
  khal_khaleesi | Nov 16, 2019 |
Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm
https://www.beckiebookworm.com



🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 Stars
Oh wow, this was one amazing read and the only reason I have taken half a star away is that I would have preferred a bit more closure in regards to Danny's story.
I felt so emotionally invested in this poor man's tragic tale and really wanted some answers for myself as well as for Danny, (a whole lot more than what was provided second hand anyway), it all just felt really abrupt in the way it ended and it felt very unsatisfying and rushed, or maybe that's just me.
So back to the main event and a story that grabbed you by the throat the instant you open this spellbinding piece of fiction.
So we have Audra Kinney and her two young children Sean and Louise on the road escaping Audra's wealthy abusive husband Patrick.
Upon being pulled over on a bogus traffic offence, Audra is cuffed and taken to the local backwater police station on trumped-up charges.
The kids are escorted by the deputy too and I quote
"somewhere safe".
When Audra asks about her kids later, at the station, the answer she receives is
"What Kids?".
This is where Our story really starts as Audra gets to experience every parent's worst nightmare.
Two missing children and not a single person who will listen to her because of her past combined with her sheer unbelievable tale.
Audra is banging her head against a brick wall.



That is until Danny sees her story and recognises similarities to his own.
This was so good and Here And Gone was permanently attached to my hand until the final words were broached.
despite being quite predictable in the direction this was going it really didn't detract from the overall enjoyment this story brought.
No-one person except maybe the children was completely good or bad, you could find something redeemable in most all of them except perhaps the sheriff, he seemed completely unredeemable with no recoverable qualities at all.
he's definitely going to hell in a handbasket.



I think out of the whole book my favourites were Danny and Sean.
Danny, well as I said above needs more closure than what he was awarded in this, maybe even his own book.
Yay I would so be on that,
he was a person who made no apologies for his actions and lived by his own rules, loved the man.
And Sean for an eleven-year-old was quite the fellow, I think shaped by his past he had grown up way faster than his peers.
This made it so much easier for him to step up to the mark in regards to protecting his little sister Louise.
Here and Gone was so rich in diverse interesting characters, each one leaving a big impression on me all in a different kind of way.
So in regards to recommending, this well that's a big hell yeah from me.
Pick this up, you so won't regret it this is up there with my favourite reads of this year.
A real heart stopper of a book is Here And Gone.
Thank You to NetGalley, Random House Vintage and Haylen Beck for providing me with an advance reader copy this is my own unbiased honest opinion.

Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm
https://www.beckiebookworm.com/
https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/

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  carpathian1974 | Nov 7, 2019 |
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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" --

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