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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Review: Fallen by T.J. Newman

by T.J. Newman

Thanks so much to for this ALC.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: June 4, 2021
8 hrs 26 min
Genre: Thriller

9 hours

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 the flight.

My Review:

PHEW! This debut novel from Newman is chock full of action and suspense and holy hell.... but before I start, props to the narrator, Steven Weber, for a fantastic read that kept me hooked from start to finish.  Also, I kept thinking it was the actor but the voice didn't fit and then... realized it wasn't him. I wonder how many people thought the same. 🤣

I love that the author took her own experiences as a flight attendant to incorporate into this novel.  It clearly shows and it's something I always applaud in books.  And the pacing in this is FAST.  Please fasten your seatbelts and keep your tray tables in their locked positions!  How do you decide if you'd rather have your family killed or to crash a plane full of people?  HOW DO YOU CHOOSE?  And honestly, I don't even care how plausible some parts of this may have been... I enjoyed the entire ride

I had some issue keeping up with who was who and what was going on and when and I'm not sure if that's because I listened to this one instead of reading it with my eyes.  We did get multiple POVs from air to ground and this cast of characters are fun bunch - especially the flight crew. Jo, I love you!  I also appreciate making the "bad guys" not SO bad in certain scenes, depicting that they are also very human.  

I kept thinking I would love to see this as a movie and it turns out it got optioned so you bet I'm going to watch the adaptation along with a huge bucket of popcorn.  Exactly the read I needed right now.


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