Rating: really liked it
Heart Thumping -Non-Stop Action-from START to FINISH!! ❤️
You CAN read this ADRENALINE thriller in the course of the five hours or so that it might take you to fly from LAX (Los Angeles) to NY’s JFK airport....but I suggest you read it when your feet are planted firmly on the ground!!
Captain Bill Hoffman’s family has been kidnapped thirty minutes before his flight but he doesn’t know this yet.
His wife Carrie, and his two children are being held hostage, strapped to explosives 🧨
And, when he finds out, he is told that he can’t share this information with his first officer, Ben or his cabin crew.
Once airborne, he is given the “choice” of crashing the plane to save his family OR saving the 149 souls onboard, instead.
The pace is FAST as the action alternates between the choices being made in the cockpit, what our fearless flight attendants are doing in the cabin, and the support being given by the FBI and ATC (Air Traffic Control) on the ground.
As a 25+ year flight attendant, myself, I loved reading a book without the stereotypical pilots and flight attendants you usually find in these books! The story was peppered with actual “lingo”and authenticity only a crew member could write, because our author was also a flight attendant, for Virgin America and Alaska Airlines, for 10 years, before selling this novel!
Although I fly for a different carrier, we too have “legendary employees” like Michael “Big Daddy”, who have “three digit” employee numbers.
And, many of us “slam click” on our overnights, as lead flight attendant “Jo” talked about! (Hotel doors SLAM shut, you hear the CLICK of the lock and the crew members aren’t seen again till the next morning).
Kellie-the “reserve” flight attendant who got the assignment “last minute” when someone else called in sick.....Yes-that is how it works! It was her lucky day!
I had SO MUCH FUN reading this, as I immediately donned my thinking cap, wondering how I would have handled the situation …
And, YES, I laughed, I cried, and I cheered them on!!!
You cannot ask for more than that in a thriller!!
This will make a great 🍿 movie!
Congratulations to Torri Newman for her perseverance in not letting the 41 rejections stop her from submitting this to #42! Being a flight attendant will give you a thick skin-and it paid off here!
I too, live in Phoenix and have referenced The Changing Hands bookstore, where she once sold books in a past review! (Our Souls at Night-Kent Haruf)
I hope she will have a book signing at her old store, sometime? 🤞🏻
Expected Publication July 6, 2021 from Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster
Thank you for my gifted copy provided through NetGalley in exchange for a candid review!
Rating: liked it
And the 2021 winner for Worst Book to Read on an Airplane goes to… Falling by T.J. Newman!
Applause, applause. The concept itself definitely deserves it, since it’s one of the best “would you rather” quandaries I’ve ever heard: If you were a pilot, would you rather crash the commercial plane you’re flying or have your kidnapped family be murdered? I consider myself pretty savage at WYR, but even I wouldn’t want to answer that question.
In fact, it’s such a good one that it’s already netted debut author (and former flight attendant) T.J. Newman a $1.5 million movie deal with Universal Pictures. Get that popcorn popping!
As for the novel itself, I found Falling to be a somewhat problematic page turner. The cold open thrusts readers into an extremely over-the-top and graphic scene that doesn’t jibe with the rest of the book. I fear it will turn some people off, but those who stick with it will see a quick downshift from rated-R to PG-13 territory.
More significantly though, I also fear the “bad guys” (as they’re oft called) and their motivations are going to disappoint a lot of readers. They certainly did this one. The flip side of that coin is that the “good guys” consist of some refreshingly memorable characters that make flying through these pages a heck of a lot of fun.
This was a buddy read with Michael David, and he was a bit more enthusiastic about the book than I was. Be sure to check out his review as well. :)
My thanks go to T.J. Newman and Avid Reader Press for my gifted advance readers copy to review. You can look for Falling at a bookstore near you (though maybe not if you’re in an airport???) this July.
Rating: really liked it
“Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
Bette Davis said that famously misquoted line in All About Eve, and it applies here as well.
Flight 416 is on its way to New York when Captain Bill Hoffman finds out his wife and two children are being held hostage by a man that has strapped them into explosive vests. The man contacts Bill in-flight and tells him that if he doesn’t crash the plane, killing all “souls” aboard, then his family will be killed.
After the initial shock wears off, Bill assures the man that his family will not be killed, and he will NOT crash the plane.
This sets in motion a non-stop, fast paced action-thriller that never lets up. It’s a fun and suspenseful popcorn read, but with a surprising layer of depth that is shown through the fascinating characters and some of the plot reveals. I even choked up towards the end, and I was not expecting that to happen during the reading of this book.
Speaking of the characters, the flight attendants, among others on the flight and on the ground, were amazing and multi-dimensional...not at all surprising given debut author T.J. Newman is a former flight attendant (and bookseller) herself. Special shoutout to FA Jo Watkins, badass extraordinaire!
One thing I didn’t like was some of the stereotypes used. You’ll know what I mean when you read it.
Other than that, this is a crackling and highly enjoyable race-against-the-clock thriller full of entertainment.
This was a buddy read with Regina. While I enjoyed it more than she did, it was nice to discuss our perspectives.
Sincere thank you to Avid Reader Press for sending me a physical ARC in exchange for an honest review. Preparing for takeoff on: 7/6/21.
Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com
Rating: really liked it
OMG! Since 24’s season 5 21st episode I haven’t gotten so tense! I am so close to explode! My heart is pounding so fast! I can crush because of extra adrenalin rush as the blood keeps pumping into my veins! What a freaking eyes popping head spinning gut wrenching ride I jumped on!
This book is sticky! It glues to your hands, taking control of your mind, forcing you cut your connection with the real world and for cues you to enjoy the action packed, fist pumping, jaw clenching, heart throbbing pacing!
Don’t you ever dare to put it down! If you do that, you’ll regret it because when you turn back your normal life, intense feeling of claustrophobic cabin fever will follow you in everywhere!
Let’s take a closer look to the plot line:
Captain Bill Hoffman feels sorry how he left things with his wife at home. She didn’t answer his calls which is strange because whenever they have argument, she never chooses silent treatment. Something is off.
He couldn’t be so right because as he sits on his seat at the cockpit, checking last things before his flight from LAX to NYC’s JFK airport, he gets an email from his wife without subject attached with a photo shows his family are hostages of a very dangerous man.
As he clicks the man’s FaceTime call, he sees his wife strapped with explosives (just like Bodyguard’s final freaking episode)
The man call himself Sam tells him he has two choices he’s going to crash the plane if he doesn’t he will kill his family. Plain and simple.
Bill cannot tell it anybody if he does that his family dies. If he rejects the plan again his family dies.
So he has to obey the rules. He has to change the rotate to Washington D. C., killing his copilot by mixing white powder with his coffee inserted his bag and throw a gas can at the cabin before crashing the plane!
He carries 144 souls onboard whose lives at stake. Will he crash the plane to save his family?
At the cabin, there are brave flight attendants do their best to keep the passengers alive as Bill literally deals with fight or flight situation.
Jo, experienced flight attendant, is close friend of Bill learns the threat at the first hand and thankfully her nephew Theo is FBI agent but even their resources and ATC’s support can not be enough to fight against the big threat.
What’s going to happen? Could loved be saved and could the imminent political threat and national crisis be stopped before things are getting escalated?
There are so many movies take place in the plane like Passenger 57, Red Eye, Nonstop, United 93, and lately Joseph Gordon Levitt’s 7500.
This book’s storyline is quit best example of action packed- adrenaline rush- cabin fever movies and with fast pacing, mind whirling, high tension storyline helps you consume it as like you’re devouring your favorite action movie! ( its storyline is so much better than the some of the movies I listed before so this has great potential for an adaptation!)
If you enjoy unputdownable, addictive, one sit readings which can get you out of your mind, this book is best fit for your needs. Pick up your popcorn and wine ( or any other combination like pretzels, biscotti and can coke just like airline complimentary menus) and sit tight at your seat, fasten your seatbelt and enjoy your crazy flight!
Special thanks to NetGalley and Avid Reader Press/ Simon& Schuster for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.
Rating: it was amazing
This is a fast-pace Suspense Mystery/Thriller. This book takes you on a wild ride of action, twist and suspense. Basically without giving anything away this book is only about a pilot being made to choose to save his family or to save everyone on the plane he is flying. This book pull me in so fast, and I did not want to put it down at all. I spend most of today reading this reading. All the characters in this book are really developed, and they really came to life for me while I read this book. My favorite character was Jo who was a flight attendant. I loved her character so much because she was a strong well woman that was the rock for everyone. This book is told to us by a couple different character, and Jo is one of them. I love the parts that came from Jo's point of view. I cannot believe this is T.J. Newman's first book...WOW... What a great job. This book is so well written. This is a must read thriller, but you should not read this book if you are going to fly anytime soon. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Avid Reader Press) or author (T.J. Newman) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. This book is schedule to be release on July 6-2021.
Note: I also won a goodreads giveaway for an ARC of this book right before getting approve for the Netgalley copy.
Rating: really liked it
Many thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for this gripping, thrilling book in return for an honest review. The threats and actions were relentless, with suspense and tension throughout. This was an extraordinary debut thriller that kept me riveted to the seat while dreading its outcome.
All aboard the plane for an almost 6-hour flight from LA to NYC. There are 149 passengers and crew aboard who are not expecting the terror that will face them. The pilot, Bill, is faced with a dilemma that seems insurmountable. He must choose between crashing the plane with everyone onboard into an unknown target or the death of his wife and children. They are being held captive by a terrorist. This man is wearing an explosive suicide vest, and Bill's wife has been forced to wear one also. The situation on board the plane is grim. There is an unknown partner of the terrorist on the plane with a gun, and canisters of deadly poison gas are to be used to incapacitate the passengers and crew. How will Bill decide? Will he choose his family or the plane? He must use all his skills and training to do the impossible. He is determined to save his family without crashing the plane.
On the ground is an FBI agent, Theo, who is barely holding on to his position. He has a history of acting impulsively. He has a lot on his mind. His aunt is a senior flight attendant on the plane. How far will he go to disobey orders to locate Bill's family and save them from the terrorist? Readers will remember this exciting debut thriller when regular air travel becomes possible again but also recall the brave and resourceful pilot and his flight crew. We learn the terrorists' motives and almost sympathize with them as individuals despite their evil plans. They feel the history of their horrible plight was ignored by the West, the government, its people, and the press.
I would have liked to have read what was going through some of the passengers' minds, but this might have detracted from the main players in this compelling read. Recommended as an exciting summer thriller. I hope the author has more stories in mind for future suspense novels.
Rating: it was amazing
This is one that’s best to go in blind, without too much information which would spoil the enjoyment. Suffice it to say, Captain Bill Hoffman works for Coastal Airways, there are 144 passengers on Flight 416 from LAX to JFK. Meanwhile on the ground his wife Carrie, son Scott and baby Elise are held at gunpoint by Sam .... The story alternates between the cockpit and cabin and events on the ground.
‘Come fly with me, come fly, let’s fly away’ ... but maybe not this flight as it’s your worst nightmare. This is as taut as piano wife, as tense as a Hitchcock movie, it could potentially shred your nerves and reduce your fingernails to stumps. Both Catch-22 dilemmas are extremely well done as the plot develops explosively with several jaw dropping and exciting scenes of excellent thriller movie potential. Without being too cliché I visualise Tom Hanks as Bill (too Sully?!!) and Tom Cruise (too Ethan Hunt?) on the ground as FBI agent Theo Baldwin. There’s bravery in abundance with several characters demonstrating a gird your loins, warrior spirit as they think fast on their feet. There’s guilt and betrayal too but some of that has political reasons at its core which does give you something to reflect on. The plot is clever, the pace is fast when it needs to be and thankfully you do get occasional breathers with some little moments of ‘peace’ which serves effectively serves to highlight the trauma and the drama. There are at least a couple of occasions when your heart breaks in two with the voluntary sacrifice offered. There is one moment of reckless stupidity which makes you wonder why some people think they can be Rambo????
Overall, this is an exciting well written thriller that will have you perched on the edge of your seat. A major plus is the authors flight attendant experience which gives a feeling of authenticity to the storyline.
With thanks to NetGalley and especially to Simon and Schuster for being kind enough to grant my wish for the arc in return for an honest review.
Rating: really liked it
My goodness, what a book! You might actually forget to breathe whilst reading this one. It is an intense page turner that you will struggle to put down. I made the mistake of starting Falling late one night and wished that I could have read it in one sitting. It would make a fantastic movie 🎥
An impossible choice.... what would you do? Commercial airline pilot Bill picks up an extra flight at the last minute and will soon wish that he had said no. Early into the flight to New York he is given an ultimatum... crash the plane and the 140 souls on board will die, or his family will die. With his stellar crew behind him, they must try to survive this flight and keep his family safe.
There are some graphic scenes in this one, but all in the context of the story. You will feel the tension, you will feel the characters pain and fear. The tension is real and you feel as if you are in board with the passengers. A super fast paced read that I couldn’t stop reading.
Thanks to Simon and Schuster Australia and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read.
Rating: really liked it
That was more like it - a book I could really get my teeth into. And what a dilemma it was! Bill Hoffman, a pilot with Coastal Airways is to captain a flight on his supposed day off as the rostered pilot is suddenly unavailable. The decision is not popular with his family but he goes to do his job. Then the nightmare begins. He learns his family is being held hostage - his wife, Carrie strapped into a suicide bomber vest trying to comfort his son Scott, 10 and juggle 10 month baby Elise with bound hands. There is a man with them also strapped into a bomb laden vest with his thumb on the detonator. His demands are simple - crash the plane carrying 140 odd ‘souls’ or his family will be blown to smithereens!
There is a bit more to it than that but that is the crux of the story. Hoffman tells the kidnapper, he will not crash the plane and his family will not be killed. He has about 5 hours to work out how to do this. There is an accomplice on board but we don’t know who that is for a long time. Luckily, two of the flight attendants are very experienced. Hoffman is not supposed to tell them anything but he’s also very experienced. And sneaky. They come up with a cunning plan.
Of course as with many plans, things don’t go according to the plan but never underestimate people who are fighting for their lives. At the other end, Carrie proves to be feisty and clever as well. She doesn’t give anything away and bides her time. But will all this be enough?
This is certainly one of those ‘edge of your seat’ thrillers. I couldn’t see how it would play out or even if it would. The prologue certainly didn’t inspire confidence for the outcome. It really went down to the wire and I just couldn’t put the book down. I had to know how it ended. Kudos to the author who worked as a flight attendant for some years, so everything was pretty realistically described. I can recommend this book to any thriller lover or adrenaline junkie. It was really well done. I received an advance review copy from Netgalley for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Rating: it was amazing
“You will crash your plane or I will kill your family.” That is the message that Bill Hoffman receives while he is piloting a commercial aircraft from California to New York. His wife and 2 young children are being held hostage. There are guns, lethal gas and explosives involved and Bill must decide who will die.
This is the first book from this author and it is a terrific thriller. Finally, a thriller that is actually thrilling. My interest never flagged. It would make a great movie as the action switches among the hostages, the cockpit, the FBI, the flight attendants and air traffic control. The author was a flight attendant, so the details of the procedure on the plane felt very real (although the author wrote in the afterword that she made enough changes to prevent the book being used as a training manual for terrorists). This book was immensely entertaining.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
Rating: it was amazing
Wow! What an incredible debut novel. Fasten your seatbelts and pull your seat back straight because this is going to be one helluva ride!
When Coastal Airways Captain Bill Hoffman is called in on his day off to pilot flight 416 from LA to New York, he little imagines it will be any more than a routine flight. With clear weather, he’s not expecting any problems flying the Airbus A320 carrying 144 passengers, his experienced co-pilot Ben, two senior flight attendants, Jo and Michael and young probationary attendant, Kellie. Even though Bill should be enjoying family time with his wife Carrie and kids, they’re used to managing without him and he plans to make it up to them later. However, with the flight underway and the plane set to cruise, Bill is sent a shocking photo of Carrie and the kids being held hostage in their home, with a suicide bomber’s vest strapped to Carrie’s chest, and told he must make the impossible choice to either save his family or crash the plane.
Even though he has just found himself thrust into every pilot’s worst nightmare, Bill is determined that neither of those options will happen on his watch. With Bill doing all he can in the cockpit to keep the flight safe and his flight attendants preparing the passengers they make a formidable team. The action and the tension as the remaining five hours of the flight count down are relentless as events unfold rapidly in the air and on the ground.
What I really enjoyed about this book, was seeing the flight crew’s training kicking in as they planned and managed the situation. This should have been no surprise since the author was a flight attendant for 10 years, writing much of her book while flying red-eyes. However, the professionalism which Jo, Michael and Kellie showed really added an authenticity to the action. I was however, a little disappointed in the stereotyping of the terrorists and their motives, but this was the only aspect of the novel that I felt could have been more imaginative and did not detract from the very suspenseful plot or the rapidity with which I turned the pages.
This book should come with a warning that under no circumstances should you be tempted to buy it in the airport bookshop to read during your flight. Much better to read it with your two feet firmly on the ground.
With thanks to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for a copy to read. Published early June in UK and Australia and 6th July in USA.
Rating: really liked it
Falling has a simple but terrific premise. Bill, a pilot, prepares for his next flight to New York when he gets a Facetime from a stranger telling him that his wife and his children have been kidnapped. The only way to save them is by crashing the plane and killing everyone inside of it.
The reader is left completely in the dark at the start of the book while the antagonist slowly reveals more information about his motives and his hidden past. A classic dilemma with a hard decision. Will Bill ever be able to make a decision, and will his morals stop him?
These have to be some of the most rootable and likable characters that I have read the past few years. While I’d usually prefer the people I read to be a little rough around the edges, I couldn’t help but cheer for Bill, his family, the crew, and (most) of the passengers every step of the way. I was especially root for the cabin leader, Jo, as she tried to navigate the entire group through nearly impossible situations.
The author TJ Newman also has the fun story that she is a flight attendant, so writing this book was really her true calling! It has a lot of depth and details that just wouldn’t have been captured if any other mystery/thriller author was writing the same book. I definitely felt like I was at the movies, especially in the pretty graphic opening, so if you’re missing the theatres Falling could be the perfect purchase. I’m buying tickets right away when we ever get word of the Universal adaptation. You’d be surprised how much tension and suspense someone can create with a locked room setting.
There’s a mid-way twist that I was not expecting to happen so soon, and just a lot of moments where I found myself shocked. I wasn’t entirely sure how it would end but I knew I had to finish it as fast as possible! The pacing does not let up and you will be consistently entertained from cover to cover.
Be prepared to devour this book in only a few hours, I expect to hear people talking about this one a lot in the next few months. TJ Newman is a debut author to watch.
Review also at : https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/fa...
Rating: really liked it
A pulse pounding thriller that will have you flying through the pages!
The first line of this novel made me shudder! I personally wouldn’t want to be reading this pre-flight!
Bill Hoffman is a pilot for Coastal Air, he’s about to captain a five and a half hour flight on an Airbus A320 to New York. He’s been called in on his day off and wifey is not happy. Just into the flight Bills laptop pings with an incoming email. It ’s from his wife Carrie, which is unusual and it has a picture attachment. Bill studies the picture, blinking and confused……it’s his family room, in the middle of it is his wife Carrie and their children. Carrie has a vest over her torso, like a suicide bombers…..holy fizz!
Bill’s family has been taken hostage and he’s stunned, he has no idea what he is about to encounter until he receives the incoming FaceTime call on-screen. He is given a daunting ultimatum - crash the plane to save your family!
One hundred and forty four souls on a plane are bound for New York, will they survive this flight? To make things even more tricky an unknown accomplice is onboard. The flight attendants are memorable characters, I especially loved Jo, what a strong and wonderful person!
Just when you think you know how the plot is going to play out there are some interesting twists. How will Bill and the crew and the FBI agents on the ground handle the situation?
A highly enjoyable, fist pumping and gripping story of survival. It’s akin to reading an action packed movie, very Hollywood worthy and creative.
Well done to the author for persevering and not letting the forty one rejections stop her determination to have her story published. This is such a wonderful debut novel by TJ Newman a former bookseller turned flight attendant.
Publication Date 2nd June 2021
I wish to thank NetGalley & Simon & Schuster Australia for an advanced copy to read
Rating: it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up
This book starts with one of the scariest scenes I’ve ever read. I had no clue where the book would go from there. But it does…
Captain Bill Hoffman is the pilot on an LA to NYC flight when he gets an email from his wife. A picture of her and their son, bags over their heads and explosives around her waist. His choice - crash the plane he’s flying or have his family killed. It’s a wild ride to see how he plans to get out of this situation. There’s never a lull in the suspense. It’s got a flat out mile a minute pace with no pauses.
This is one story that might make you afraid to fly. But it might also make you appreciate the pilots and flight attendants a lot more. I loved that most of the characters are just regular folks dealing with a crisis. Yes, maybe trained for it, but never expecting it to land in their laps. And kudos to Newman for giving the terrorists some good talking points. Americans do have the privilege of not caring about what’s happening elsewhere in the world, about having the luxury to look away.
This would make a fabulous movie. But I hope if it is made, they don’t lose the nuances of the characters involved. Because this is more than just an action story.
I tore through this one in just slightly over a day.
It shocked me that it took 41 rejections before this book found a home, because I was really impressed by this debut effort.
My thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for an advance copy of this book.
Rating: liked it
by T. J. Newman
Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
I want to thank the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this book!
There is so much tension and suspense in this book! You really feel that! A pilot's family is held hostage and the pilot is ordered to crash the plane or his family dies. The terrorists also have someone on board to monitor that he does what he says. He is suppose to do a list of things. The stewardess and pilot work together to try to solve issues and get through this.
There's some great moments in here. Long stretches of suspense and terror. But there are also a lot of very unrealistic or predictable situations. This is a first novel and I think it was done well for that. Worth the read. 3 stars for me is "Good". Not great or excellent but good! I did enjoy it but wouldn't re-read.