Book Review: Hostage by Clare Mackintosh

I read this while on a plane. It might have made me a bit anxious but it was certainly worth it.

Goodreads Blurb

Hostage by Clare Mackintosh

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.


There has been a lot of hype around Hostage and I totally jumped on the bandwagon. But I’ll tell you what: it was worth it.

The blurb might initially tease a story that’s been told a hundred times before. I set myself up for a certain plot line but what I got was unique, clever and contemporary. Plus, I loved the way information was dropped throughout the chapters. This is the kind of book that hooks you with action from the very beginning. A true fast- paced thriller.

The characters were great as well. The days are gone where I look for a stereotypical “hero”. Give me flawed, three dimensional characters any day. The actions of the characters also make you think. What would you do if you were in their situation? It’s something you can’t really know unless you are in their shoes, but the author really has you feeling you are living each minute.

I absolutely loved Hostage. No doubt it will be one of my top reads of the year. You can buy the book here.

I was received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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