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  • Fab thriller

    I do love Clare Mackintosh books so I was really looking forward to reading this and it definitely did not disappoint. This is told from multiple perspectives but the primary one is air hostess Mina who is estranged from her husband Adam and a loving mum to their adopted daughter Sophia. Situated on a nonstop flight to Australia Mina is targeted to help some hijackers through them threatening her daughter. Back home we hear how events are panning out from Adam’s perspective and on the plane we get snapshots of various passengers lives. This is a really well paced read, the characters are solidly written with good background and secrets and it’s hard to tell what will happen next, there’s a few storylines running through this and some good twists and the ending is creepy in a great way.

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  • Terrifyingly Good!

    Hostage is a compelling locked-room thriller and follows Flight attendant Mina Holbrook who has changed shifts with a colleague in order to join the crew of the first history-making 20-hour nonstop flight from London to Sydney, Australia. Mina's marriage to Adam is on the rocks and she is taking as many shifts as she can to avoid her police detective husband. Mina believes Adam is having an affair with their Ukrainian au pair, Katya, who has recently quit leaving Mina’s adopted, five-year-old daughter, Sophia without a carer. World Airways Flight 79 is an exciting prospect for both passengers and crew and a few hours into the flight on the Boeing 777, a person dies and as Mina checks his wallet for identity she finds a photograph of Sophia in it. A short time later, she is given a note and the hijackers present themselves. Mina must open the locked door to the flight deck if she wants to see Sophia again. They will crash the plane if she refuses. The novel’s great strength is in the way its dual storylines both contribute to the tense atmosphere. The tale progresses with alacrity and there is a palpable feeling of claustrophobia throughout as well as fear about what might happen next. It's an exhilarating domestic drama that quickly evolves into a spectacular ride with many twists. The tension built to a level so intense it was heart-hammering. A terrifyingly good read with a stunning conclusion. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Little, Brown/ Sphere via NetGalley at my own request. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Fantastic

    It has been a long time where I have been emotionally invested in a book. I couldn’t put it down, almost stressful at times. It really does make you question what you would do in that situation. The writing is faultless, the story incredible and a nice twist at the end. Read it!

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  • Absolutely gripping

    You know sometimes when there is so much hype around a book and then you read it and it's a bit of a disappointment ... well, let me tell you that this is not one of them! Oh my word. What an absolutely corker of a read this is. I know it's a cliché, but this really is page-turning and difficult to put down. It starts quite serenely but the sense of dread creeps up on you just as it does to Mina. There aren't enough superlatives to describe this book, just know that it's everything you would want in a thriller. Excellent characters, relentless pacing, claustrophobic, nail-biting, gripping, tense, thrilling and that's just what's happening on the flight; I won't even start to go into what's going on at home! As you have probably guessed, I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend to anyone who .... well anyone really! Thanks must be given to Little, Brown Book Group and NetGalley for my copy in return for an unbiased and unedited review.

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  • Brilliant book

    As an ex flight attendant, I found this book really great to read, I hope you do too!

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