Falling is a nail-biting suspense thriller about a terrifying flight from LA to New York where the pilot has been given an impossible choice: the plane or his family. It’s probably a good time to read it, with hardly anyone flying just now, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I requested after an invite from NetGalley and seeing a run of highly positive reviews, and have to agree that this deserves to be a bestseller. I’m also not at all surprised to hear that the rights to the movie triggered a bidding war!
Veteran pilot Bill Hoffman can’t say no when his boss asks him to fly to NYC at short notice, but has no idea what’s in store: soon after take-off he receives a call from a terrorist who has kidnapped Bill’s wife and kids and delivers the chilling ultimatum - either he crashes the plan, or they will be killed. Refusing to do either is not an option - how can Bill and his brave crew save all their lives?
This was superbly plotted and paced, and features a fantastic cast of characters, especially courageous Jo and cheeky Daddy. The author cleverly manages to make us sympathise with the villain, without ever wanting him to succeed. This is the author’s first novel, written while she worked as a flight attendant for Virgin Airlines, and the jargon and flight-talk gave it a very realistic feel. The ending, however, is pure Hollywood - highly recommended! 4.5 rounded up for the gripping delivery and the eye-catching cover.
I received a free ARC and am posting this review voluntarily.