Hostage – Clare Mackintosh

You can save hundreds of lives.
Or the one that matters most . . .

The atmosphere on board the first non-stop flight from London to Sydney is electric. Celebrities are rumoured to be among the passengers in business class, and the world is watching the landmark journey.

Flight attendant Mina is trying to focus on the passengers, instead of her troubled five-year-old daughter back at home – or the cataclysmic problems in her marriage.

But soon after the plane takes off, Mina receives a chilling anonymous note. Someone wants to make sure the plane never reaches its destination. They’re demanding her cooperation . . . and they know exactly how to get it.

It’s twenty hours to landing.
A lot can happen in twenty hours . . .

Book Information: Published by Sphere on 22 June 2021: Print Length: 372 pages.

My Review:

Hostage is Clare’s latest standalone thriller and was published last month at the same time as another hostage/hi-jack themed book, (it’s a bit like waiting for a bus when several come along at the same time) and I read the other one first for a blogtour and found it thrilling and nerve inducing, so I was expecting a similar type of read when I started Hostage and boy was I wrong.

Firstly, before I start to review Hostage, I have to let you know that Clare’s first book I LET YOU GO is one of my ALL TIME FAVOURITE psychological thrillers and still to this day is the only book that made me shout out loud “OH MY GOOD WTAF?”, so I know from her previous books that she is amongst royalty with regards to twists and pulling the wool over her reader’s eyes.

Hostage is a fast- paced, adrenaline-packed, butt-clenching, stomach churning thriller that will have you turning those pages quicker than the speed of light.

Mina is an experienced air-hostess, estranged from her husband and bringing up their 5 year old adopted daughter Sophia who has some behavioural issues. When the opportunity to swap a flight rota with a colleague for a 20 hour direct flight from London to Sydney arises, she jumps at the chance to escape her family.

However, within minutes from the cabin doors closing things start going wrong and she is put in a position no-one would ever want to be in – save her daughter or help crash a plane full of 300+ passengers.

The book is cleverly narrated by several of the passengers, each with their own reasons for being on this inaugural flight, giving the storyline the extra depth as we get to know each character.

Finally Adam, Mina’s estranged husband shares his story as his world which is already turning upside down and inside out threatens to explode when he and his daughter are caught up in the hi-jackers plans.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the characters, the situations, the panic and the hope made me “navigate” through the pages, “soaring” to the end and “landing” with a bump at the epilogue.

If you are only going to read one plane hostage book this summer – make it Clare Mackintosh’s.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About The Author:

Whether you’re new to my work, or a hard-core fan, it’s lovely to see you here. My latest book is HOSTAGE, a locked room thriller set on a 20-hour, non-stop flight from London to Sydney.

I’m the author of I Let You Go, I See You and Let Me Lie – page-turning thrillers that have sold more than two million copies across 40 countries, and hit bestseller lists including The Sunday Times and The New York Times. I also wrote the emotional rollercoaster, After the End: a family drama about an impossible choice that threatens to tear a couple apart. It’s the most personal book I’ve written, and I’ve loved hearing from readers who have connected with it.

So, what’s next? I’m excited for you to read HOSTAGE, and hope you’ll find me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and let me know when you’ve got your copy. I can promise you lots of turbulence but, ultimately, a safe landing 😉

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