(4 / 5)
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 have never read a book by this author before, so I was eager to dive into another mystery/psychological thriller, a genere that I have been trying to take a little break from recently because they all seem so similar.
This was definitely not the case with this book. Right from the beginning the events of the story pull you in and render you incapable of putting it down, I read it all in one sitting. There were times when I felt my jaw clenched and had to remind myself to relax. The story was fast paced and had me guessing until the very end, which is the very thing that mystery novels have been lacking for me lately.
Long story short, Audra decides to finally leave her abusive husband. She is stopped in the middle of nowhere by a sheriff. She tries to remain calm, being on the run and all, but she is arrested. When she is taken to the jail she asks after her children, only to be looked at like she is looney, they tell her that she was alone when they stopped and detained her. Since the children are now missing everyone begins to suspect Audra.
This was so incredibly pulse pounding and had me on the edge of my seat, because we as readers knew that she had the kids with her at the beginning! What could possibly have happened to them. As her world seems to close in on her, she realizes that she is the only person that she can count on, that she has known that all along. A woman that is ready to leave her abusive husband can accomplish anything folks.
I liked the mother and connected with her in a way that I don’t usually do in these types of books, since everyone is typically so detestable. Thinking about being in this situation gave me a feeling of high anxiety and a realization of how hopeless you would truly be if you were in Audra’s shoes.
In this story, you were really pulling for the mom until the very end. I have seen a few stories with this type of storyline (The Forgotten, Flight Plan) but this had some elements to it that made it seem fresh and original. It moved quickly from one scene to the next so it was certainly hard to put down.
While you might be able to guess what is going to happen about halfway through this short read, the thing that kept me turning the pages was to see if they were going to find the kids alive or dead at the end. With this book its the journey to the end that counts and this one was a windy and wavy one. Great story, highly recommend for those that are fans of psychological thrillers. 4/5 stars.
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