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"The Last Flight is thoroughly absorbing - not only because of its tantalizing plot and deft pacing, but also because of its unexpected poignancy and its satisfying, if bittersweet, resolution. The characters get under your skin." (The New York Times Book Review)
Two 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 10, 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 as bright as his promising political career, and he's not above using his staff to track Claire's every move, making sure she's living up to his impossible standards. But what he doesn't know is that Claire has worked for months on a plan to vanish.
A chance meeting in an airport bar brings her together with a woman whose circumstances seem equally dire. Together they make a last-minute decision to switch tickets - 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 goes down, 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.
For fans of Lisa Jewell and Liv Constantine, The Last Flight is the story of two women - both alone, both scared - and one agonizing decision that will change the trajectory of both of their lives.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 23 minutes|
|Narrator||Khristine Hvam, Lauren Fortgang|
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|Audible.com Release Date||June 23, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,002 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#10 in Domestic Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#30 in Domestic Thrillers (Books)
#59 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2020
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Meanwhile, Eva is a troubled woman who is also trying to escape her life and is looking for someone in the airport to switch places with her. She zeros in on Claire, somehow knowing she is looking for the same thing. I mean….give me a break. Then they decide to switch places in the restroom of the airport, with Claire now flying to Oakland and Eva flying to Puerto Rico. They exchange purses and ID’s, credit cards, etc. I know you probably want to scream at the computer right now, but my thoughts will be down below 😉. Then, we dive into Eva’s past and what she might be running from. You find out that Eva has been an orphan her whole life and that her mother was an addict. Eva has felt alone and rejected her whole life but develops an interest in chemistry. She manages to get into Berkeley somehow and is doing well there. She then is pursued by Wade, the quarterback of the college football team who somehow convinces her to start making speed pills in the chemistry lab. However, Eva is caught and gets expelled from the university. Guess it’s time to become a drug dealer! Wade dropped her long ago because he was just using her for the drugs. Now that her future is in shambles, she becomes involved with a mid-level drug dealer (Dex) who acts as an in-between between Eva and the big honcho, Fish. Oh, also Eva is actually making speed pills in the basement of her home now and supplying them to Dex but also keeps some back for her to sell. Dex warns Eva of Fish’s violence throughout the book (even at one point stating that he killed his former chemist). While Eva is trying to sell some pills to a woman in the park, she realizes the woman is working with a federal agent (Castro) to bring Fish down. Eva takes a small break from making pills but Dex says she must continue or Fish will kill her. Castro then starts meeting with Eva in hopes she can give him evidence on how to bring the drug ring down. She doesn’t want to cooperate for fear of being killed but knows she will face jail time if she doesn’t. She knows she has to find a way out. She lives next door to a woman named, Liz who is a visiting professor from Princeton, who will only be in town for a month. She doesn’t know the woman but they become very attached to one another, and then Liz leaves to go back to New Jersey. Liz also has a daughter named Ellie, who Eva is slightly jealous of.
At the beginning of the book, you find out that Eva’s plane crashed in the ocean and they are still trying to recover bodies. Rory finds out that the seat his wife is supposed to have sat in was empty, making him suspicious. It’s a plane crash in the ocean, dude. You’re not going to find everyone! This also sets the reader up for wondering if Eva got scanned into the flight but managed to get off the plane without notice. Doesn’t pan out either.
Here we go:
- After finally making something for herself after a horrific childhood, why would Eva risk her future for a boy that resulted in her getting kicked out of school? Also, there’s no info about the boy except that he’s a football player at the university. That should have been developed more because it makes no sense to do this for some random dude she likes where there’s no hint of emotional attachment.
- When Eva meets a new customer (Brittany) at the park to sell her speed pills, she notices a baby seat in Brittany car (no baby) and scabs all over hands. Eva doesn’t want to sell her anything because she is clearly an addict. Hmmmm….a drug dealer who doesn’t sell to drug addicts? Consider me confused. Fish has told Dex (who then told Eva) that they could only sell to college kids looking to make good grades, not drug addicts. Yet, when one college student owes her money, she has men beat the kid to a bloody pulp and just leave him there. Eva has no concern that this is someone’s son? Yet cares about a mom being an addict? This is totally conflicting and ridiculous.
- What is the real purpose of Agent Castro? He does nothing at all throughout the entire story, yet has a soft spot for Eva. As a reader, I thought maybe he would turn out to be Eva’s real father, but the author missed that opportunity. Instead, he pushes Eva to give up info so he can bring down Fish. Umm…why is he not arresting her? She’s the one making the drugs and dispersing them. I just don’t see how a Federal DEA agent didn’t arrest the person responsible for making the pills. He also saw her selling many times.
- It’s revealed that Dex is actually Fish as if this is a big twist. I can’t even.
- Eva is scared of Dex if she turns him in and is worried of being followed, yet makes it on a plane to visit Liz in New Jersey undetected (by Dex and Castro).
- Once Claire’s plan is foiled, she changes her appearance to look like Eva and assume her identity but that makes zero sense either. Eva tells Claire in the airport that she is wanted for assisting in her husband’s death. Why would Claire assume this woman’s identity, when she is clearly in a lot of trouble?
- Claire then stays at Eva’s house til she can figure out what to do. She wants to conceal who she is as much as possible to avoid the long reaching arm of her husband, yet goes to the same coffee shop every day and even strikes up a relationship with a barista named Kelly. Wow.
- Kelly offers Claire a job at a catering company with her that pays cash under the table. While serving guests at an event, Claire notices a man abusing his wife which triggers something in her. Forgetting her hidden identity, she steps in-between the couple to stop it from escalating. The man is a well known football player and a video of the incident is posted to TMZ thus outing Claire as being alive. She’s so frightened but continues to check his emails and googledocs to see what he might be planning for her. She does nothing to get out of Eva’s house.
- Claire tries to call Petra to get help only to discover her phone has been disconnected. A good author would have made you believe the husband did something to Petra, but later you find out Claire wrote her number down wrong. At the end, she somehow reconnects with Petra. I wanted to pull my hair out.
- Kelly is totally pointless in the story. Why did we have to hear boring details about Claire going to Kelly’s house and meeting her daughter and mother? Isn’t she supposed to be hiding?
- Danielle cares nothing for Claire throughout the book and overlooks many instances of abuse and then somehow finds out the number for Eva’s burner phone (which Claire has) and leaves her a message warning her that Rory is coming to find her.
- Claire contacts CNN to out her abusive, powerful husband now that she knows she’s in danger (wasn’t she in danger when she wanted to leave him originally?) Why didn’t she contact CNN earlier? Oh, and Claire has stumbled on information that Rory killed his girlfriend in the 90’s and got away with it. A random character named Charlie emerges who is sending threats to Rory that he is going to go to the police about the murder. The author sprinkles in that Charlie is now Charlotte and back in the day, Rory and Charlie were having an affair. It was literally a two-sentence detail that served absolutely no purpose.
- A car is sent from CNN to collect Claire for her interview and she gets in willingly. Stupid. In the car, she receives a warning from Danielle that a man has been sent to silence Claire and he has a right tattoo sleeve. Claire notices the driver of the CNN car has a right arm tattoo sleeve and panics. This could have turned into something interesting but two seconds later, you learn he’s harmless and really works for CNN.
- The entire book is boring and filled with things that do not relate to the story at all. A good author throws in characters that give the reader clues and make the reader suspect multiple people. This author just threw names on paper with no meaning to the story.
- The fact that Claire’s story is always in the present and Eva’s is not is a huge indicator early on that the book will end with Eva dying in the plane crash. The plane Claire was supposed to be on. You never find out what caused the crash. I was hoping there would be a connection to Claire and Eva and the abusive husband. The characters were related in no way and would have been more interesting if Rory had orchestrated the crash. Meh.
- Why does the plane have to crash at all? Ponder that.
- The author tries to throw a twist near the end about Eva visiting Liz in New Jersey. While at Liz’s house, her daughter Ellie comes home. We then learn that Ellie is really Danielle (the assistant) and then tells Eva the whole story about Claire trying to escape. This causes Eva to “run in” to Claire at the airport and deceive her. What a coincidence!
- Liz convinces Eva to go back to Oakland and turn herself into Castro. Eva is going to but decides to switch with Claire last minute and go to Puerto Rico instead. I don’t see how we are supposed to root for Eva when she is such a horrible person.
- The book paints Eva in a very sympathetic light and that she’s a victim of circumstances and men. Yeah….
- After getting thru the entire book (wondering if Eva is still alive), you’re presented with the epilogue. This is how you find out Eva really did die in the crash. Why did we need all the pointless detail for half the book of Eva’s life when she just dies?
- Why is Claire at Eva’s house trying to find out what Eva was really running from (and now a deceased stranger to her) when she should have been worrying about hiding from her abusive husband?
Claire Cook is in a high profile marriage. Seemingly perfect from the outside, no one sees the mental and physical abuse behind closed doors. How does a wife get away from such a high powered man? Eva was a bright, talented college student whose life took a wrong turn and she found herself making illegal drugs for a controlling dealer. Now all she wants is out. Months of planning has led them separately to the airport. Claire’s flight is scheduled for Puerto Rico and Eva’s flight is set for Oakland, CA. As they connect over a chance meeting they decide that their chances of success are better if they switch itineraries, and identities.
Tragedy strikes when the flight to Puerto Rico that Eva was on crashes into the ocean, Claire has a once in a lifetime chance to begin her life anew. But when the plane and its passengers are recovered, there are no survivors and one passenger is unaccounted for.
The story alternates between the 2 main characters point of view. A compulsive read, I finished the book in one day. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Right at the prologue that sets the basic story line we are introduced to someone who is waiting for one of the heroines to arrive at the airport. The author indicates that the waiting person knows “her name, what she looks like and her flight departure time”. I accepted initially that this is the “other” woman who needs to disappear. How this woman at the airport knows all this information about Claire is never revealed. The two women are supposed to be unknown to each other .
The dual story development is pretty good but the second plot hole that is never resolved is that after the plane crash Claire sees someone on a TV news report that she suspects “might be” Eva (the other heroine). This sort of keeps the story point concerning Eva’s status alive, but again is never resolved.
The ending worked for me although I had to read the epilogue a couple of times to get it straight.
All in all a good read, plot holes accepted!