Hostage by Claire Macintosh, 4 Stars

Claire MacIntosh’s first book, I Let You Go was so good. And so hard to read. Because the premise is “On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street…” and it came out in 2015 when I had an 8-year-old, a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old boy. But I couldn’t look away. Because although those types of premises are just too much, for whatever reason, I had to keep reading.

And I’m glad I did. Because now, Claire Macintosh is one of those authors in my personal stable, who consistently delivers a good book time and again. So when I heard about Hostage, of course I snapped it up.

From the Publisher:

A claustrophobic thriller set over twenty hours on one airplane flight, with the heart-stopping tension of The Last Flight and the wrenching emotional intensity of RoomHostage takes us on board the inaugural nonstop flight from London to Sydney. 

Mina is trying to focus on her job as a flight attendant, not the problems of her five-year-old daughter back home, or the fissures in her marriage. But the plane has barely taken off when Mina receives a chilling note from an anonymous passenger, someone intent on ensuring the plane never reaches its destination. Someone who needs Mina’s assistance and who knows exactly how to make her comply. It’s twenty hours to landing. A lot can happen in twenty hours.

My Review:

It’s a historic flight. The first nonstop flight from London to Sydney. So of course, only the most elite flight attendants, pilots, and invited guests are onboard. What could go wrong? It’s actually interesting because in this day and age, with that kind of set up, what could go right? I almost wonder if airlines these days would rather fly under the radar with a groundbreaking new route rather than risk what other big news someone else might have in store for such a flight.

It’s a glamorous plane. It has a first class section, along with a bar for the first class section and two stories! Now, I’ve never flown internationally but it’s hard for me even fathom what it’s like to be on board a two-story plane. Mina is a seasoned flight attendant. She knows her job. She’s the best. So when hijackers target her personally, it’s clear that this is a well-laid plan.

But that’s not all the drama that’s going on. Hostage is a wild ride from start to finish. It will leave you questioning the motives and intentions of the protagosist and all the antagonists (and you may wonder who is who at times.) I recommend for those who LOVED The Flight Attendant. Special thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for an advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review. This one is out today! Get your copy!


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