Claire Cook has a perfect life. Married to the scion of a political dynasty, with a Manhattan townhouse and a staff of ten, her surroundings are elegant, her days flawlessly choreographed, and her future auspicious. But behind closed doors, nothing is quite as it seems. That perfect husband has a temper that burns as bright as his promising political career, and he’s not above using his staff to track Claire’s every move, making sure she’s living up to his impossible standards. But what he doesn’t know is that Claire has worked for months on a plan to vanish.
A chance meeting in an airport bar brings her together with a woman whose circumstances seem equally dire. Together they make a last-minute decision to switch tickets ― Claire taking Eva’s flight to Oakland, and Eva traveling to Puerto Rico as Claire. They believe the swap will give each of them the head start they need to begin again somewhere far away. But when the flight to Puerto Rico goes down, Claire realizes it’s no longer a head start but a new life. Cut off, out of options, with the news of her death about to explode in the media, Claire will assume Eva’s identity, and along with it, the secrets Eva fought so hard to keep hidden.
For fans of Lisa Jewell and Liv Constantine, The Last Flight is the story of two women ― both alone, both scared ― and one agonizing decision that will change the trajectory of both of their lives.
My Mini Thoughts:
Claire has been planning to leave her abusive, powerful husband for the past year. Every thing she has done the past 365 days has prepared her for this. Even though we only get to read snippets about Claire’s marriage to Rory, it’s enough to realize she is doing the right thing. Eva is also running away, but her story takes longer to explain. I’ll admit I enjoyed Claire’s chapters a lot more than Eva’s.
Claire’s story is what kept me turning the pages. Especially the night before her plan went into action, and she was sneaking around the house while Rory was upstairs sleeping. The morning of her flight, Rory changes her plans last minute. He decides she needs to be in Puerto Rico when she was supposed to go to Detroit. Rory is now on his way to Detroit where Claire’s new life is being delivered in an envelope to the front desk at the hotel. However fate is playing it’s hand when Claire meets Eva at the airport.
This book is a roller coaster of a ride. The big question I had until the very last page is: Did Eva get on the plane? I kept going back and forth on this one.
You’ll have to find out for yourself when this book is published on June 2, 2020.
Thank you Bibliofinder, Bibliolifestyle, Author Julie Clark, and Source Books for allowing me to be on this tour.
Book Rating: 4/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.