Clare Mackintosh is one of my favourite authors, so I was very excited to read Hostage, her fifth novel, which was published recently. I was also very excited to find it for £6 in Sainsbury’s because I don’t like to pay hardback prices!
Clare Mackintosh writes the most amazing thrillers based around families. At the heart of Hostage, there is still a family, but it is a bigger and bolder story than her previous novels.
World Airlines Flight 79 is the inaugural non-stop 20 hour flight from London to Sydney and the whole world is watching.
Mina is one of the cabin crew on Flight 79. She has been struggling at home with husband, Adam, and daughter, Sophia, so swapped shifts to secure her place on the flight. But Sophia prefers to be with Mummy rather than Daddy. And Mina will be away for a week.
As soon as she steps on board the dream flight, Mina starts to feel on edge about leaving her family just before Christmas.
As it turns out, Mina has good reason to feel on edge. There is a hijacker on board Flight 79 who issues Mina with an ultimatum – save the plane and all its passengers or save 5-year-old Sophia.
What will Mina do? What would anyone do in her impossible situation?
The action in Hostage pretty much all takes place during those tense 20 hours of the flight – with occasional flashbacks to earlier in Mina and Adam’s lives. The story largely alternates between Mina and Adam, with brief interludes from various passengers on board the flight. The passengers tell their stories of what brought them to Flight 79 – whether that is starting a new life or reconnecting with family and friends.
As you might expect from Clare Mackintosh, the author with THE BEST TWIST EVER, there are a lot of twists and turns along the way in Hostage. It is an absolutely brilliant read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a thriller.
PS I’m not keen on flying. I did ask myself ‘should I be reading this?’, but it was OK. My fear is not related to hijacking. If you are afraid of hijacking, you may want to steer clear.