Falling by T.J. Newman

‘Bill’s laptop pinged with an incoming email.’

And his nightmare begins. Captain Bill Hoffman is piloting a commercial flight between Los Angeles and New York. He has been called in on his day off, and his family is unhappy. His departure from home is interrupted as a tradesman arrives and he did not get to say goodbye properly.

Once the plane is in the air, Bill receives a message: ‘You will crash the plane or I will kill your family.’  His wife and two children have been taken hostage. Who has taken Bill’s family captive, and why? What will Bill do?

Fasten your seatbelt, you are in for a bumpy ride.

Fast-paced and full of twists, Ms Newman’s first novel takes us through a near impossible journey as the hostage taker seems to have every possibility covered. Can Bill’s cabin crew help avert disaster without alarming the passengers? The action shifts between the cockpit, Bill’s family and the hostage taker.  And then the FBI becomes involved.

This is one flight I definitely don’t want to take.

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith