For the last few weeks I’ve been talking about the Thumping Good Read award (pop over to the WHSmith blog for more details) and this week, we’re onto Book 5 – Here and Gone by Harlan Beck.
This was one of the first ones I read and one of my favourites of the whole bunch.
The story starts out with Audra driving across America with her two small children. It becomes clear that she is running from something, though we’re not exactly sure what. She is pulled over by a policeman on a deserted road, who writes her up for having her car too loaded up.
A routine investigation escalates and she soon finds herself jailed for possession with intent to supply, despite protesting that she didn’t know how the drugs got into her car. This is just the beginning of her nightmare, though.
Once jailed, she asks the police officer how her children are. He simply replies there were no children in the car when he pulled her over.
As you would.
Soon, she’s accused of having done all sorts to her children and she must fight to prove her innocence. And her sanity.
From this moment, Here and Gone had me hooked. Audra found herself in this situation so simply, it could happen to any of us. What would we do if we found ourselves in this situation when we just KNEW we were right?
This seems like a good time to crack out a picture of Dr Beverly Crusher:
Here and Gone is tense throughout, and leads to one of those endings where your fingers are turning the page faster than your eyes can read because you just need to know what happens.
A definite page-turner, I loved it. I think you will too.
Here and Gone is available now from Vintage and is half price in WHSmith High Street stores until Wednesday 4thJuly