by Haylen Beck
Published: June 20th 2017 by Crown Publishing Group
I read this about a month ago and I really enjoyed it! It’s out now and you can also get to love it as much as I did!
Audra Kinney is on the run. She has her two kids in the backseat and a trunk full of everything she dimmed essential to haul across the country. They are on their way to California from New York to start a new life. Audra’s husband was abusive and she finally got the courage to leave him. The only problem is that he has sent the child services after her because he claims she is an unfit mother. This means that every cop car she comes across spooks her out and so she tries to be on her best behavior. But everything goes wrong when they are driving through Arizona.
Sheriff Robert Whiteside pulls them over claiming that their car is overloaded and offers to carry some of their possessions in his car. But what he finds while transferring the boxes puts a hold on their trip to California. She is arrested for possession and her kids, Sean and Louise, have to be taken away by another detective since she has no friends or family close by to take care of them. What follows is a rollercoaster of a mess.
When she is in her cell, she asks the Sheriff where her children have been taken but the answer she gets leaves her disturbed.
The Sheriff’s department goes out of its way to convince everyone that there were no kids in the car when she was placed under arrest. But other people saw her with the children, and the booster seat is still in the car. What everyone wants to know is what she did to the children.
The opening of the story grabs your attention, I promise you that. I picked it up with the intention of checking out the first chapter to decide whether I would read it or not but I could not put it down after that. The author knows how to pace the story and there was no point where he lost me. You always want to find out what happens next and that makes you turn the pages like crazy. The blurb does not even do it justice, trust me.
I don’t think a book has had me on the edge of my seat in a while like this one did. I can definitely see this making a great movie/miniseries.
Thanks to the publishers for the ARC.