Hostage – Book Review

Title:- Hostage

Author:- Clare Mackintosh

Date published:- June 22nd 2021

No. of pages:- 357 pages

Genre:- Thriller


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4/5

You can save hundreds of lives. Or the one that matters most.

A claustrophobic thriller set over twenty hours on one airplane flight, with the heart-stopping tension of The Last Flight and the wrenching emotional intensity of RoomHostage takes us on board the inaugural nonstop flight from London to Sydney.

Mina is trying to focus on her job as a flight attendant, not the problems of her five-year-old daughter back home, or the fissures in her marriage. But the plane has barely taken off when Mina receives a chilling note from an anonymous passenger, someone intent on ensuring the plane never reaches its destination. Someone who needs Mina’s assistance and who knows exactly how to make her comply.

It’s twenty hours to landing. A lot can happen in twenty hours.

Clare Mackintosh is the multi-award-winning author of New York Times bestseller I LET YOU GO, and Sunday Times bestsellers I SEE YOU, LET ME LIE and AFTER THE END. Translated into forty languages, her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, and have spent a combined total of 50 weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller chart.

Her new thriller, HOSTAGE, comes out in June 2021.

Clare is the patron of the Silver Star Society, an Oxford-based charity which supports the work carried out in the John Radcliffe Hospital’s Silver Star unit, providing special care for mothers with medical complications during pregnancy. Clare lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children

So this is the fourth Clare Mackintosh book I have read and after reading her debut novel “I LET YOU GO”, I was determined to read all her novels.

HOSTAGE is very different type of thriller from the psychological thrillers that Clare Mackintosh usually writes. In this novel, Mina, a flight attendant is getting on the inaugral non stop flight from London to Sydney when she gets a threatening note from an anonymous person, asking her to do something for them if she wants to save her daughter Sophia. Meanwhile back in London, Mina’s husband, Adam with the daughter Sophia is locked up in the cellar by the babysitter Becca.

To me, this felt more like an action packed thriller with a mysterious Passenger 1G who seemed to be in charge of the hijacking situation. The scenes in the plane was so dramatic that I actually feel like watching a blockbuster movie. The story is told from Mina’s and Adam’s perspectives, each of them carrying a secret of their own–Adam’s gambling addict and the fact that he owed money to loan sharks and Mina’s past. The ending felt like a heart beater as the reader was put on the edge of the seat, wondering what is going to happen next and the Epilogue was completely and totally unexpected and I must say, I did like how the author ended the book.

Overall, if you like an action packed thriller that will keep you on the edge, try this book out–worth four stars!

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