I really wanted to give this book a five star rating and I was oh, so close. The plot was guaranteed to tantalize the most white knuckled reader. It concerned a pilot who is commanded to crash his plane or else his family will die and it was unique in every way. This novice suspense writer was adept in keeping the reader guessing and exploring a myriad of viewpoints from the perspective of the pilot, Bill Hoffman, his chief flight attendant,Jo Watkins,another veteran flight attendant, Big Daddy, the family in captivity and even the kidnapper. She has created a coherent and dizzying chain of events, where the reader has to be alert for unexpected misdirection and heroism from unlikely sources. Jo is a warrior in the true sense of the word. Bill Hoffman must find hopeful options before he must make an agonizing choice. His actions are monitored once the plane takes off. Theo Baldwin, an FBI operative, must weigh a choice of being deliberately insubordinate, when through his aunt, Jo Watkins, he possibly develops insight where the captives may be held. And yet if there is one criticism of this thriller, it is with the dialogue. In no way, does any profanity ever have to be incorporated for shock effect in a crisis. The author, at times, needs more of an ear for dialogue that does not make her characters on the verge of hysteria, where then profanity is used as a filler. Other than that, "Falling" is a stunning debut and may make more reluctant flyers (like myself) take a second look at air travel in the near future. The potential is clearly there for this rising star.