You are on the run from a manipulative and heartless husband, just looking for a place for the night for yourself and your two kids. You have been pulled over on a lonely road by the sheriff who finds a baggie of ganja in your luggage. His deputy arrives to take the children to a place of safety while you are booked into the cells. Terrified, you demand to know where your children are going.
“What children?” queries the sheriff.
That’s when I started hyperventilating…
Haylen Beck is a pseudonym of the best-selling Irish author, Stewart Neville whose thriller, RAT LINES was reviewed with great enthusiasm back in April 2013 on MEAN STREETS book reviews.
“What have you done with your children?” The sheriff, the FBI, child services, the reporters and the public demand to know. It hits the news country-wide. Across the country, a man who lost his daughter in strangely similar circumstance and whose wife committed suicide under the pressure of the accusations, decides to come and take a look. In no time he is drawn into the search for what he becomes convinced are abductees.
Despite knowing who the baddies are right from the get-go, the tension is screwed up tight simply by everyone’s disbelief in her tale. She has a reputation for being a drunk and a druggy, while the sheriff and the deputy seem spotless.
Five star thriller entertainment, this one! Well written, solid character sketches and a believable plot.
Thank you to PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, SOUTH AFRICA for this ARC for an honest review.