Hostage by Clare Mackintosh

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

Hostage is one of those books that will stay with you long after you’ve read it-there are so many moral dilemmas faced by the large cast of characters that you will be arguing with yourself over what YOU would have done in their situations! The tag line says it all-could you save hundreds of lives or just save one the matters to you the most?

Hostage practically read itself as it flew through the storyline, introducing many unlikeable characters and others that you just can’t help but root for. Interestingly, but not unsurprisingly for me, my favourite character wasn’t Mina (the air stewardess coping with her worst nightmare) but her daughter Sophia. Clare Mackintosh played a blinder by giving Sophia a condition that not many people will have heard of but that I see on a daily basis in my job and I have to say that she has done her research perfectly to give an added edge to the plot.

This is definitely a thrilling storyline with plenty of twists and turns along the way. When you’re a fan of a particular author, you can often see where things are going quite quickly, and with Hostage I did think I could see where it was heading. I was quite close but when I got to the final page…well, I realised then just how easily I had been fooled and wanted to give Clare Mackintosh a standing ovation for delivering a sublime ending to this adrenaline rush of a read.

Clever, addictive and utterly brilliant-get your preorder in now! Out on June 22nd.

Clare Mackintosh is the multi-award winning author of four Sunday Times bestselling novels. Her first three novels were all Richard and Judy Book Club picks. Translated into forty languages, her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, have been New York Times and international bestsellers and have spent a combined total of 60 weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller chart. Clare lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children. 

For more information visit Clare’s website or find her at or on Twitter @ClareMackint0sh

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