Here and Gone, the debut novel from Haylen Beck (the pen name of established crime writer Stuart Neville), begins when protagonist Audra Kinney, a woman fleeing from an abusive husband with her two young children in tow, is pulled over for what should be a routine traffic stop in Arizona. But out of nowhere, the local sheriff is bringing drug charges against her, and not only do her children go missing, the sheriff says she never had any children with her at all. Beck’s psychological thriller explores corruption, trafficking and a parent’s desperation, and it’s already drawing comparisons to the work of authors like Harlan Coben. It’s also the first time the Northern Irish author has set one of his books in the States.
Haylen Beck, author of the gripping suspense novel Here and Gone (Crown; June 20, 2017), speaks and signs books. Lee Child has called the book “a fantastic thriller,” writing that “it doesn’t get better than this;” Harlan Coben has called the novel “one of the best debuts of the year;” and in their starred review, Booklist notes that this “remarkable piece of suspense” could become “the thriller everybody is reading this summer.”