Hostage by Clare Mackintosh #bookreview

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 on Hostage

So, I’m not a huge fan of flying. And, after reading Hostage, I’m kind of glad that I don’t plan on getting on a plane for a while because it plays into some of my biggest fears. And probably not just mine. I can imagine quite a few people reading this book and putting themselves in Mina’s shoes, trying to figure out just who sent her a note that puts both her daughter and the lives of hundreds of passengers at risk. It’s a horrible position to be in, and I don’t know if I’d behave any differently than she does when it comes down to it.

The fact that I found myself putting myself into Mina’s position and wondering just what I would do, shows just what a good book this is. It’s a situation you can imagine happening, with all the horrible consequences that come with it, especially as it feels like more and more these days that people who care deeply about a cause are willing to go to extremes.

I find it all rather scary. And that’s how I felt when I read this book. Scared. And tense, and anxious, and desperate to know how it would all work out. It meant a few late nights so I could get to the end as soon as possible. Kudos for Clare Mackintosh for that. And kudos for creating characters that I cared about, even the minor ones. That goes a long way to my enjoyment of any book.

Overall then, this was a book I really enjoyed. Was there anything I didn’t like? There was maybe one too many twists at the end – and the twists are normally what I love about Clare Mackintosh’s books so for me, that is saying something. Beyond that, though, I was very happy that I’d picked this one up.


Emma x

Please note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own.

Other reviews of Clare Mackintosh books:

Let Me Lie

I See You

I Let You Go


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