Book Review: The Last Flight, by Julie Clark

The Last Flight, by Julie Clark

The Last Flight by Julie Clark

Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on June 23, 2020 (expected)

Series: n/a

Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 320

Two women. Two Flights. One last chance to disappear.

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.

The Last Flight had a unique premise and this thriller sure delivered a captivating story!

“All choices had consequences. It was what you did with those consequences that mattered.”

This book follows two women, Claire and Eva, who are eager to put their past behind them and start anew. They meet in a chance encounter at an airport bar and decide to switch tickets to give them each the head start they need to begin life fresh. Then Eva’s flight goes down and Claire realizes this is actually her chance at a completely new life. This alternates chapters told from each point of view, Claire’s beginning the day before they meet and following the events that happen thereafter, while Eva’s recount her experience from six months prior up to their meeting. Both timelines are fascinating and tell the story of strong women who find themselves doing their best under difficult circumstances. 

In addition to strong female lead characters, The Last Flight has a tightly woven plot that unravels at a taut pace. Each chapter is short and leaves you wanting more, making for an unputdownable reading experience. With clear, strong writing, this lays down a story that is entirely entertaining while also exploring themes relevant to women today. 

The Last Flight is a thriller full of intrigue that also has wonderful depth. I’m so glad to have read this – it’s one of my favorite books so far in 2020! Definitely recommended. 

*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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