Friday 19 May 2023

Book Review | Falling by T. J. Newman | prettylittlewriter

You just boarded a flight to New York.

There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard.

What you don't know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot's family was kidnapped.

For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.

The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane.

Enjoy the flight.’

This was a thrilling ride from start to finish!


We start with our MC Captain Bill, who boards the flight to JFK after being called in especially by one of his senior bosses to pilot the flight. Once he boards the plane and takes flight, he receives a message, and then a video call, to show that his family are being held hostage, and the kidnapper has a simple request, crash the plane, or your family dies.


Bill was a good character (I wouldn’t say great as I feel one of the cabin crew members were actually stronger than him) but still interesting and the way he dealt with the situation was very impressive (calm and collected). Bill is told he cannot tell anyone else about the situation, but he does warn one of the cabin crew, Jo, who is also a close friend of Bill’s, and thank god he does as her nephew just so happens to be an FBI agent.


So we now have Bill in the cockpit trying to liaise with the kidnapper, being very firm that he will not crash the plane, and they will not kill his family. His conviction here was very strong, as I’m sure a lot of people would be a lot more pessimistic about the situation! We then have Jo, trying to figure out how best to deal with the situation amongst the rest of the crew and with the passengers, and then we have FBI agent Theo on the ground, enlisting his team’s help to locate the family before the worst happens.


Jo was definitely my favourite character within the story, she was incredibly strong throughout, and she took matters into her own hands by informing the rest of the cabin crew and between them, the way they manage the passengers was pretty impressive. There’s one moment where they tell a white lie to the passengers and it backfires due to them having a social media star on board, and it just shows how these days it’s hard to lie even to protect people, because of the internet.


Theo was an FBI agent who didn’t have much sway in his team due to a previous mission, but he manages to persuade his boss that the threat was real and they were tasked with locating the family. First stop was the family home, and let’s just say things did not go to plan!


I won’t go into any more detail with the actual storyline, but I will say that it was completely action-packed, I was so hooked it only took me few hours to read it, the writing was fast-paced which meant it was completely un-putdownable!


The only reason I’m not giving it a 5 star review is because I’m not entirely sure how believable the story is (there were a few holes in the plot, and I think the bad guys in reality would have reacted differently to certain things Bill did).


I would however, highly recommend it to thriller fans, you really will be on the edge of your seat reading it!


4/5 stars

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