SECOND OPINION: Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Review published on February 4, 2018.

Audra, fleeing her abusive husband with her two young children, is stopped by police for a minor motoring offence and escorted to the local station. On arrival there, police deny all knowledge of her children – it is her word against theirs as to whether there were any children in the car. With a history of addiction and with drugs having been found in her car, what chance has she of being believed? While she is living a nightmare, where are her children and what is happening to them?

This action-packed page-turner sets the reader’s adrenaline pumping. Right from the start I was reluctant to put this book down and devoured it very quickly. Yes, it does demand that you suspend your credulity at times and yes, the characters have something of the stereotypical about them but the plot keeps the reader on track and you only really notice these things with hindsight. An easily accessible read with a neatly twisting plot, this book also has, in my opinion, the potential to make an excellent film.

Clare Donaldson 4/4

Here and Gone by Haylen Beck
Harvill Secker 9781911215561 hbk Aug 2017

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