Here and Gone (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. 


Here and Gone would be the perfect book to transition to a Lifetime movie. And when I say that I mean, a Lifetime movie that I would actually watch. Not one of those over dramatic and drawn out shows.

First I wanted to point out that I haven’t read a male author in a very, very long time and I was very indulged and impressed with Haylen Beck’s writing in Here and Gone. Mainly because I got so much anxiety when I read this book. As a mother. And a wife. And omg SO MUCH ANXIETY!

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BUT this was mainly because we as readers are so blind sided and out of the loop with everything but so are the main characters, they know nothing and we know nothing. We are right there with them wondering and straight freaking the hell out.

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Here and Gone was a quick story with a compelling story line about so much more than what you think you’re biting off. This book is every parents worse nightmare. And as much as I loved it, I’m so glad I’m done with it.

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