Here and Gone by Haylen Beck (3 Stars)

32336395Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Audra leaves her abusive husband is driving cross-country with her two children, Sean and Louise. In a small town in Arizona, she’s stopped by the sheriff, arrested, and then her children disappear. The storyline is intense, but something seemed to be lacking. Perhaps it was that we knew all along where the children were.  There were no suspenseful or thrilling moments.

Another part of the story I really didn’t care for was Audra’s past. For the first 10 years of her Sean’s life, she was an alcoholic who suffered from blackouts. She couldn’t remember how old Louise was. It just seemed a little farfetched. I realize it was done to make the point that no one would believe her story, but it was still a little too out there. She could have been June Cleaver and no one would believe her because of the planted evidence.

The storyline of child trafficking is quite intense and dark on its own, and the e-mails from the traffickers was quite unsettling. The ending was formulaic, and I could predict exactly what happened. All in all, not a bad book, but I really hoped for more.


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