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Review: Falling by T.J. Newman

Title: Falling

Author: T.J. Newman

Year Published: 2021

Category: Adult fiction (thriller)
Pages: 304
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2021 Google Reading map)USA (CA, NY)

Summary (from Amazon): You just boarded a flight to New York.

There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard.

What you don’t know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped.

For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.

The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane.

Enjoy the flight. 

Review: I have wanted to read this book ever since I first heard about it and attended a virtual author event with T.J. Newman. Newman was a really good author talk, making me want to delve into this book immediately, but I had to wait until my daughter's flight to New York had passed. She flew out and I started the book the next day.

Wow. I read this book in one day and the blurb on the front from Don Winslow says, "Stunning and relentless. This is Jaws at 35,000 feet" pretty much sums it up. There is non-stop, sit on the edge of your seat action in this one that kept me turning pages from the get-go.

We do get to know and care about a number of characters: the pilots, the hostage family, an FBI agent, and the flight attendants, but it isn't a deep know. But that didn't matter to me. I knew them well enough to feel sadness and fear for them and to cheer them on when they needed it. I liked that there were a bunch of characters that I could related to and care about.

And the story line. Oh my gosh. So good. Tense, scary, and uplifting (in that way that humanity acting well can be). And it was super interesting to have that level details and information that the author has as a flight attendant. If you want a quick read that will suck you in from the start (oh, who are we kidding, she had me from the summary), I highly recommend this thriller.

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Cloak and Dagger
  • Popsugar--locked room mystery (ok, it isn't a locked room, but it's a locked airplane so I am counting it)

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