Hostage by Clare Mackintosh #RandomTTours

Today I am thrilled to be opening the blog tour for Hostage by Clare Mackintosh which is published TODAY in paperback! Many thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for my blog tour invite. Read on to find out what I thought…

Save hundreds of lives. Or save your child?

You’re on board the first non-stop flight from London to Sydney. It’s a landmark journey, and the world is watching.

Shortly after take-off, you receive a chilling anonymous note. There are people on this plane intent on bringing it down – and you’re the key to their plan.

You’d never help them, even if your life depended on it.

But they have your daughter . . . So now you have to choose.


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-a five star read for me!

Clare Mackintosh is the multi-award-winning author of five Sunday Times bestselling novels, including I Let You Go, which was the fastest-selling debut thriller in the year it was released. 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 64 weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller chart.
Clare spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and as a public order commander. She left the police in 2011 to work as a freelance journalist and social media consultant and is the founder of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival. She now writes full time and lives in Wales with her husband and their three children.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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