Hostage - Clare Mackintosh

Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley

Official Blurb:

You can save hundreds of lives.
Or the one that matters most . . .
The atmosphere on board the first non-stop flight from London to Sydney is electric. Celebrities are rumoured to be among the passengers in business class, and the world is watching the landmark journey.
Flight attendant Mina is trying to focus on the passengers, instead of her troubled five-year-old daughter back at home - or the cataclysmic problems in her marriage.
But soon after the plane takes off, Mina receives a chilling anonymous note. Someone wants to make sure the plane never reaches its destination. They're demanding her cooperation . . . and they know exactly how to get it.
It's twenty hours to landing.
A lot can happen in twenty hours . . .

My Thoughts:

One word - wow!
I’d both wanted to read this and not at the same time. I was desperate for another Clare Mackintosh book, but I knew as soon as I’d devoured it, I would have to wait for ages for another. So, I held off for as long as I could, letting the anticipation build.
It was so worth it, giving in and reading it early, but also having waited a while too. I was just in the right frame of mind for fantastic writing; keep me awake reading moments and lots of shocks and twists.
Mackintosh didn’t let me down and delivered everything I expected. This book really keeps you gripped right from the start. I purposely didn’t reread the premise before diving in so that I could just read it with no major preconceptions, just knowing I was in for one hell of a ride.
We start with what appears to be a mundane family of three. Mina, Adam and their adopted daughter Sophia. There is a little bit of drama but not a lot to really set the scene for the book, leaving you wondering where the author is going to take you. Mina is a flight attendant and is scheduled to work on the first non-stop flight from London to Sydney. It is here that all the excitement starts.
We are following the perspective of Mina and Adam. However, there are chapters interspersed throughout from some of the passengers on the flight. These small chapters appear to be irrelevant, but you know they are building towards something at the same time.
There are so many twists and turns that it is hard to keep your head on straight. They aren’t all delivered at the end but peppered throughout, really keeping you gripped and invested in the story.
That ending, though, has completely broken my brain. When I first read it, my eyes searched for the next line of the book, but there was none; it just goes straight into the author’s note. So, instead, I went back and reread the chapter but just couldn’t wrap my head around what had just happened. I have actually had to get my husband to read the final chapter for me to try and see if he could entangle it. I gave him a brief outline of what had happened throughout the book and waited to see what he came up with. His conclusion was completely different to mine, so I am still none the wiser.
I finished this a few days ago, and I’m still thinking about the plot, the ending and just the overall brilliantness of this book. So, another outstanding read from Clare Mackintosh and like I predicted, I’m now sad I have to wait so long for the next one.

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by Clare Mackintosh
Date Started
5th May 2021
Date Finished
7th May 2021
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