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Review: The Last Flight by Julie Clark

Title: The Last Flight
Author: Julie Clark
Year published: 2020
Category: Adult fiction (thriller)
Pages: 320 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2022 Google Reading map)USA (CA and NY)

SummaryTwo women. Two flights. One last chance to disappear.

Claire Cook has a perfect life. Married to the scion of a political dynasty, with a Manhattan townhouse and a staff of ten, her surroundings are elegant, her days flawlessly choreographed, and her future auspicious. But behind closed doors, nothing is quite as it seems. That perfect husband has a temper that burns bright and he's not above using his staff to track Claire's every move.

What he doesn't know is that Claire has worked for months on a plan to vanish. A plan that takes her to the airport, poised to run from it all. But a chance meeting in the airport bar brings her together with a woman whose circumstances seem equally dire. Together they make a last-minute decision.

The two women switch tickets, with Claire taking Eva's flight to Oakland, and Eva traveling to Puerto Rico as Claire. They believe the swap will give each of them the head start they need to begin again somewhere far away. But when the flight to Puerto Rico crashes, Claire realizes it's no longer a head start but a new life. Cut off, out of options, with the news of her death about to explode in the media, Claire will assume Eva's identity, and along with it, the secrets Eva fought so hard to keep hidden.

Review: I meant to read this book last year, but somehow never got around to it. I am so glad I read it this week! 

I read Last Flight in one day, riveted to my seat throughout the entire reading experience. Clark does an excellent job of creating tension and weaving the Eva and Claire's stories together to create one whole. She reveals details just as they are needed, not too soon or too late, and it all fits together seamlessly, not feeling contrived or rushed in the slightest.

Eva and Claire are also both characters that I could sympathize with, who are struggling with issues most women can relate (loss of power, wanting to be loved and cared for, etc). Those aspects of the characters are well done and perhaps are the reason the reader can relate to both women even though their exact circumstances are not like our own.

If you want a good thriller that isn't violent or gory, I'd definitely recommend this one.

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