Today I am delighted to be taking part in the Random Things Tours blog tour for Falling by T J Newman.
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 survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane.
Enjoy the flight.
Wowser, this one had me hooked pretty much from the start. You can feel the tension building and you kind of know what’s going to happen as you watch Captain Bill Hoffman leave his family as he heads off to work. It’s a last minute call up that has caused him to break a promise to his young son.. His wife Carrie is not happy as he goes putting work before family yet again but she knew what she signed up for when she married a pilot. What she couldn’t have know was that it was about to put the lives of her and her two small children in the gravest of danger. She couldn’t have known that they were about to be kidnapped and her husband given the choice of saving a plane full of strangers or his family.
This is a super thriller and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The crew of Flight 416 are a likeable bunch, as are the family and so you kind of want them all to survive. The author is incredibly good at adding the human element to the story and at times it went a little deeper than just a good adrenaline fuelled page turner. Of course it explores the matter of ‘choice’, love and responsibility, it also looks at good and bad and how fine the line is between one and the other, and how quite often it is a matter of perspective. It also looks at the imbalance there is in the world and how often we close our eyes to what happens elsewhere. It also looks at how pain and suffering can have far greater reach than just those who are experiencing it. It spreads, like a pandemic, and can be just as deadly.
I can see this being a big hit this summer. Perhaps if you are a little nervous of flying then not one for your inflight reading (save it for once you’ve landed!) but I thoroughly recommend it if you do love a good, thrilling read. I’ve always been a nervous flyer myself but the way the author portrayed the flight crew and as an ex flight attendant herself, well it highlighted just how seriously they take the safety of those on board – very reassuring. So, grab yourself a comfy seat, buckle up and settle in for the ride.
Thank you so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to the lovely team at Simon and Schuster for sending me a review copy. This was a great debut and I can’t wait to see what T.J. Newman brings next.
About the author
T J Newman
T.J. Newman, a former bookseller turned flight attendant, worked for Virgin America and Alaska Airlines from 2011 to 2021. She wrote much of Falling on cross-country red-eye flights while her passengers were asleep. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Falling is her first novel.