Hostage, a review by Kerrie

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Clare Mackintosh

Published June 22, 2021 by Sourcebooks Landmark

400 pages

Mina and Adam thought that life would be complete with the arrival of their daughter, Sophia. But life with a special needs child is not always easy and when Adam breaks Mina’s trust, she is not sure that she can forgive him. In an effort to avoid facing issues at home, Mina volunteers to work on the very first non-stop flight from London to Sydney.

Without giving away any spoilers, I can tell you that during the flight, odd events come together when Mina receives a note from an unknown passenger who seems intent on preventing the flight from reaching Sydney and demanding Mina’s help. Should she follow her flight attendant training and report the incident …. or should she follow the instructions in the note? What would you do … “save hundreds of lives or the one that matters most”?

Clare Mackintosh is one of my go-to authors, so I was thrilled when NetGalley approved my request for an advance copy. I was instantly captivated and finished the book in two sittings.

The story is told in dual timelines – Mina and the passengers and crew on Flight 79 – and Adam and Sophia back on the ground. I have to admit that I found Adam and Sophia to be much more likable than Mina, but both storylines were equally tense and kept me turning the page to see how the story was going to end. Even though I guessed the ending pretty early on, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

Clare Mackintosh has brought a hold onto your seat, can’t put down thriller with Hostage.

Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced review copy.



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