Save hundreds of lives. Or save your child?
You’re on board the first non-stop flight from London to Sydney. It’s a landmark journey, and the world is watching.
Shortly after take-off, you receive a chilling anonymous note.
There are people on this plane intent on bringing it down – and you’re the key to their plan.
You’d never help them, even if your life depended on it.
But they have your daughter . . . So now you have to choose.
DO YOU SAVE HUNDREDS OF LIVES? OR THE ONE THAT MATTERS MOST?
It’s my turn on the blog tour to celebrate the paperback release of Hostage by Clare Mackintosh. My thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the tour. I have reviewed the book honestly and impartially.
Wow, what a book this is! It’s been sitting on my TBR since it came out in hardback and I have no idea why I waited so long to read it. Having adored all of Clare’s previous books, I know she is the mistress of the edge-of-your-seat thriller and this is no exception, I was literally on the edge of my seat the whole way through the book. It may be her best novel yet.
Told from the viewpoints of flight attendant, Mina, her husband, Adam, daughter, Sophia, and the anonymous mastermind behind the hijacking of Mina’s flight, we are drawn into the world of international terrorism and a person being forced to make a choice between saving the life of someone they love or saving the lives of hundreds of strangers. What on earth would you do in that situation, and how can anyone been trained to deal with being put in that position?
The author does a brilliant job here of building the characters and their back stories so that we genuinely feel a connection to them by the time they are put in the impossible situation which forms the basis of the book. I think she did a particularly fantastic job with Adam. Through Mina’s eyes we are given one impression of him which he manages to change throughout the course of the book until I felt completely differently about him by the end. To see a character go through such a complete metamorphosis during the course of a novel and have it feel so natural is a real achievement.
I don’t know where Clare pulled this plot from, but it is a doozie to read. I found it totally compelling throughout. It had some real moral dilemmas, some completely shocking turns of events, which came just when you were getting a bit complacent, and an ending that I really loved. Sophia is one of my favourite characters from any of the books I have read this year. This is a book that you can devour in a single sitting and get so lost in it the time will pass by in a blur and you won’t even realise how long you have been absent from the real world.
Highly recommended if you want something heart-thumping and engrossing to read by the side of the pool this summer. Maybe don’t read it on the plane though….
Hostage is out now in all formats and you can buy a copy here.
Make sure you check out the rest of the blogs taking part in the tour for alternative reviews:
About the Author
Clare Mackintosh is the multi-award-winning author of five Sunday Times bestselling novels, including I Let You Go, which was the fastest-selling debut thriller in the year it was released. Translated into forty languages, her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, have been New York Times and international bestsellers and have spent a combined total of 64 weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller chart.
Clare spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and as a public order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant and is the founder of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival. She now writes full time and lives in Wales with her husband and their three children.
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