Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER * INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "T. J. Newman has written the perfect thriller! A must-read." â??Gillian Flynn "Stunning and relentless. This is Jaws at 35,000 feet." â??Don Winslow "Falling is the best kind of thriller...Nonstop, totally authentic suspense." â??James Patterson "Amazing...Intense suspense, shocks, and scares...Chilling." â??Lee Child You just boarded a flight to New York. There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard. What you don't know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot's family was kidnapped. For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die. The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane. Enjoy
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On an ordinary Saturday morning, Bill Hoffman prepares to fly an Airbus A320 on a transcontinental flight lasting roughly six hours, traveling from Los Angeles International Airport to New Yorkâs John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Itâs an ordinary
Until itâs not.
It's not because there's an unexpected ultimatum for the pilot: Your family will die unless you crash the plane.
What choice will Bill make? Will he choose the lives of his wife, Cassie, ten-year-old son Scott, and ten-month-old daughter Elise? Or will he choose the one hundred forty-nine souls aboard Coastal Airways Flight 146?
Readers will find themselves pulled into the telling of this riveting tale from the outset. Anchored by a strong sense of place and filled with credible, relatable characters, this canât-put-it-down thriller radiates palpable tension. Underlying whispers of menace permeate the compelling narrative as it plays out on the ground and in the air.
Although told mostly in the present, the story benefits from flashbacks that provide some backstory and give both the characters and the story depth and authenticity. The pace is relentless, the action, non-stop, and the book, impossible to set aside, especially with the stupendous plot twist readers simply wonât see coming, the one that changes everything for the aircrew.
Readers are sure to empathize with the stalwart pilot determined to save both his family and his passengers, the courageous mother defending her children, and the courageous flight attendants determined to do their part to thwart the terrorists and keep the passengers safe.
Thereâs much to appreciate in this tale of bravery in the face of terrorism; it belongs in every readerâs must-read pile.
Falling grabs your attention from the opening line and propels you forward for the next 300 pages. Newman develops her characters with care. The premise is exciting, but the tension arises because you get to know and care about Bill, his family, the flight crew, and the FBI agents. You even gain some understanding of the perpetrators, who are more than monolithic bad guys.
Newman more than delivers the goods when it comes to action as well. Alternating between events on the plane and on the ground keeps you flipping the pages. The safety of Billâs family and the safety of the plane appear to be mutually exclusive, especially as the ticking clock gets closer to zero.
This book is the closest Iâve come to the experience of seeing Die Hard for the first time. Great action, great characters, and pacing that will have you holding your breath. This summer thriller is going to be in everyoneâs hands. Donât miss out!
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher.
As soon as I started reading this book, I was hooked. I could not put this book down to the point that I finished it in one sitting. That was that good. It was like I was in the airplane experiencing everything first hand. I can guarantee you that this is a book that readers will be raving about this year. It is already in my top 3 for 2021!
A new take on revenge and using an airplane to accomplish your foul deeds. Original story, highly recommend, reading while on the ground.
You or them? It's an easy question, right? Not so easy of a question, if it's referring to your beloved wife and two young children versus
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I could have done without the prologue, the purpose of which escapes me, but after that it was certainly action-packed. The blurb doesn't really make clear how much of the narrative focusses on the cabin crew and their efforts to
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
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.
T. J. Newman, a former bookseller turned flight attendant, worked for Virgin America and Alaska Airlines from 2011 to 2021. She wrote much of Falling on
"Bookseller turned flight attendant writes sensational thriller set on an airplane, gets rejected by forty-one literary agents before finding the right one, and then sells it in a major multibook deal to the first editor to whom it's submitted."
I am most definitely not a fan of flying. (You might not be either after this tale!) This isn't a spoiler, but is the publisher's description...." You just boarded a flight to New York. There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard. What you don't know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot's family was kidnapped. For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die."
Oh, great premise! There are so many ways this plot could unfold - and Newman gives us enough twists and turns to make you dizzy. Newman's familiarity with commercial flying gives her setting and characters detail and believability. The characters are all intense, from the captain, the flight crew and the 'bad guy'. I think Jo, the lead flight crew member was my favourite, but Big Daddy is a close second. Just as intense is the action - it just never lets up. And that means I couldn't stop turning pages. Easily done in a day.
Yes, you might have to suspend belief a few times, but just go with it.
Falling reads like an action movie - think Die Hard and Speed. The film rights have already sold to Universal Pictures. (Betcha those first forty one agents that said no are kicking themselves!)
Looking for an addictive read for the the beach bag? Pick up Falling! And I can't wait to see what Newman writes next.
Captain Bill Hoffman agrees to pick up a flight on his day off. It is a six-hour flight to New York and it should be fairly routine. It turns out to a nightmare that he could never have imagined. Someone has his wife and kids and in order to keep them safe, he is instructed to crash the plane he is flying, killing everyone on board. Bill is determined to figure out how to save his family and his passengers but he is not sure how he is going to be able to do it.
This book started with a bang and never let up. There were so many twists and turns and I spent most of the book worried about how things would work out for the characters. I grew to really like the key players in this story and loved seeing them work together to get things done. There were some really exciting scenes that had me turning the pages as fast as I could just so that I could see what would happen next.
I would recommend this book to others. This was an incredibly exciting and entertaining story that had me glued to the pages. I am incredibly impressed by T.J. Newmanâs debut novel and cannot wait to read her future works.
I received a digital review copy of this book from Avid Reader Press via NetGalley.
It was exciting in places, definitely kept me reading though there were parts I skimmed. Did come to like the main characters, appreciate the horrible dilemma in which they found themselves. The reason behind the scenario does make one think about how much in the news we just let pass us by. Doesn't really affect our lives, so we let it go. Anyway, this was filled with the usual thriller impossibilities and implausibilities, but it will, if it hasn't already, be optioned for a film. It's the way it is written.
Wouldn't read this if one intends to fly soon.
ARC from Edelweiss.
Lots of hype over this book!! Turned down 41 times before getting published, I can happily tell you that itâs the page turner you want right now.
The Rest of It:
There are 143 passengers on board headed to New York. What they donât know is that their pilotâs family has been
Captain Bill Hoffman decides right then and there, that they will NOT kill his family and he will NOT crash the plane. Although heâs told not to alert his crew, he doesnât see how it can be avoided. He owes it to the passengers to have every chance at survival that they can have.
What a ride.
What you will notice right away is that there is an air of authenticity to the story and thatâs probably because T.J. Newman spent years as a flight attendant. The attention to detail puts the reader right on the plane with those passengers. You are in the galley, in the jump seat, scrambling through the cabin trying to save lives. Itâs riveting.
Some of the story may not seem plausible but at the same time, given limited means, itâs what the average person would do in that same situation. The last quarter of the book gave me high blood pressure and I could not put it down.
This is what you want in a thriller. Characters you care about, a fast pace, a seemingly impossible situation. Itâs good. Throw this in your beach bag and you wonât leave the beach until youâve turned the last page.
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I loved the characters in the book. The bravery of the flight crew had me cheering them on. I could envision Octavia Spencer as senior flight attendant Jo Watkins. I was equally impressed with the pilotâs wife and son. She even humanized the terrorists. I wonât give any more details as I certainly do not want to leak a spoiler. You need to experience this for yourself.
The author is a former flight attendant so the scenes in the main cabin and cockpit had that insider touch. I could hear the mechanical noises of take-off, the chimes used as communication among the flight crew, the bumps of turbulence. And I could feel the tension of the crewâs in-flight emergency response.
This book should give everyone a greater appreciation of the duties and responsibilities of flight attendants.
A superb thriller written by a Flight Attendant brings realism to this gripping story.
An intense page turner of epic proportions that reads like a film.
You take a flight with one hundred and forty three other souls.
But what you don't know is the First pilot's family has been kidnapped.
Or his family will be killed.
An agonizing choice. A great book.
I can only imagine the forty one literary agents that passed
On this best seller, kicking themselves.
Universal Studios has picked up the film rights.
Highly recommended except when taking a flight!!
Barely a half hour into his flight from Los Angeles to News York commercial pilot Bill Hoffman receives an email from
The premise isnât sophisticated but it is utterly compelling as Bill declares he has no intention of crashing the plane or losing his family. The hostage-taker warns Bill he is to tell no one but Bill nevertheless confides in the lead flight attendant, Jo, who contacts her nephew Theo, an agent with the FBI. As the captain and crew of Flight 416 attempt to devise a way to survive the terrorists threats, the FBI begin hunting for Billâs family.
The pace is breathtaking as the crisis unfolds over a five hour timeline. While shock and fear eventually take a backseat to determination and courage amongst those trying to prevent a tragedy, the tension is unrelenting as the terrorists manage to stay one step ahead of Bill and Theo. Caught up in the intense emotion and action I couldnât put it down. In all I felt there was only one awkward note, a mawkish quintessentially âAmericanâ scene that happens on the ground near the end of the novel.
The heroes of Falling are, as one would expect, determined no-one will die. They use creative means to circumvent the terrorists, ignoring their own fears, and physical discomfort to protect others. The terrorists are not wholly typical, Newman makes an attempt to humanise by revealing their tragic pasts, and makes some valid points in terms of their cause, but their intentions really have no justification.
Almost everyone is at least vaguely familiar with the interior of a plane which makes scenes set in the AirBus easy to visualise. Newman draws on her experience as a former flight attendant so that the details in regards to the planeâs operation and the crewâs actions seem authentic, even if they are not accurate.
Falling is a well executed, exhilarating thriller, with appeal to a wide audience. Unsurprisingly itâs already been optioned for film and I imagine it will be a summer blockbuster.
This is the first book written by T.J. Newman. Newman is a flight attendant which gives this story something extra in my opinion. This was a fast-paced well-told thriller. There were some moments where I thought I knew who the bad guy on board was only to realize that I based my thought on how I believed a terrorist would act. I loved the way the flight attendants were portrayed in this story - while it was the pilot who had to make a choice about crashing the plane, in truth, it was the flight attendants who held the passengers together when it was needed the most.