Here and Gone by Haylen Beck


*Many thanks to the publisher for my Netgalley review copy*

About the book:

She swears she didn’t do it. The whole world thinks she did.

Audra has finally left her abusive husband. She’s taken the family car and her young children, Sean and Louise, are buckled up in the back. This is their chance for a fresh start.

She keeps to the country roads to avoid attention and finds herself on an empty road in the Arizona desert, far from home. Looking for a safe place to stay for the night she spots something in her rear-view mirror. A police car is following her and the lights are flickering. Blue and red.

As Audra pulls over she is intensely aware of how isolated they are. Her perfect escape is about to turn into a nightmare beyond her imagining…

Out in July, Here and Gone is available to pre-order HERE.

My thoughts:

I had seen a good bit of chatter on Twitter about Haylen Beck, and upon reading the synopsis for Here and Gone I was instantly intrigued. Haylen Beck is a pseudonym for another well known author whose (story of my life) books I have on my shelves to be read so I figured I’d give this one a go.

I really wanted to love this one, I did but for some reason I wasn’t completely sold on it. Now, that’s not to say it isn’t a good book! IT IS!!! However, I read a ton of these crime thriller books, and it takes a lot for them to stand out for me these days.

Here and Gone has so much going for it though. It has a really interesting premise. The blurb above doesn’t do it justice. There is so much more going on with this book than meets the eye. I found myself really rooting for Audra as she went on her journey, and willed her to just keep going.

I don’t want to give anything away about the plot. I will say that I put this book down at 25% because it made me feel uncomfortable. More than once. So I walked away from it because it left me feeling a bit, I don’t know, anxious maybe? For the characters. And due to the situation. Which is a reaction, for sure. Here and Gone evoked some pretty strong feelings in me early on, but I found that it just didn’t keep me feeling like that.

All in all though, Here and Gone is a solid US- based thriller. Definitely one to pick up if you enjoy thrillers that make you think!

Recommended for sure!

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