Hostage by Clare Mackintosh


I have read one other book by the author and liked her style and the twists in particular. When I saw a new book coming out, I wanted to give it a shot. I read it in few sittings have a few takeaways that I will not completely elaborate on in order to ensure other people who see this review do not have any spoilers.
When I got to the end of the book, I realised what I should have done in order to have seen part of the reveal coming. That is one train of thought; the other is that if I had seen it, I might not have liked it as much. It is a dilemma that does not need any more thought since I have already finished it and cannot really change anything.
The story is not a simple one. We have multiple narrative voices. Some of these voices are consistent throughout the book, and the others are intermittent and have precisely two functions- to move the storyline forward and the other to add further chaos to an already tense situation.
There is trouble in Mina, the flight attendant’s home. She is looking for a break, and this means taking the first extra-long flight from London to Sydney. There is a feeling of unease that intensifies as the flight continues. We have so many red herrings shown to us that it is almost a slight letdown when the actual hostage scenario occurs at the halfway point.
Then, of course, the final few chapters altered my reaction to the book. I am one of those people for whom the epilogue or the ending twist can redeem an otherwise neutral response. In this case, I enjoyed the book, and the ending cemented and even increased my appreciation for the tale that was built during the course of the book. Although I am uncertain how I feel about the core ideologies of the villains being used in this manner.
It is a heavier than expected volume and taking that into consideration, I would recommend it to those who are happy to read a 400-page thriller.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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