Now that we’re deep into summer time, I’m sure many people are finishing up their summer reading and are on the hunt for the next book to read, whether it’s at home, on the beach or poolside. Personally I prefer reading at home where I can crank up the air conditioner.
I used to love to read. I would read all the time as a child, teen and young adult. Unfortunately “life” has a way of keeping you from doing things you enjoy, like reading. I haven’t been able to read as much as I’d like, and when I do, I can only read a few pages or chapter at a time. But that’s OK. At least I can read something.
I finally just finished reading a book that was sent to me a while ago to review. It’s called “Falling” and it was written by T.J. Newman.
Normally I provide my own synopsis when I review books and movies. Sometimes I need to rely on the official synopsis because I fear that I might give away too much of the storyline. I don’t want to provide readers with any spoilers if I can avoid it. For that reason, I’m going to give you the official synopsis for this book.
An airline pilot faces a no-win situation in Newman’s debut thriller. Bill Hoffman has taken flight with his crew and almost 150 passengers when he receives a message informing him that his wife and two children are being held hostage; their kidnapper has chosen Bill for a task. Expecting a ransom demand, Bill is surprised to learn instead that he must crash the plane for his family to live. If he alerts the authorities or anyone on board, his family will be killed, and someone has been planted on the flight to make sure he follows through with the crash. Bill has not hope that he’ll see his family again.
Flying can be stressful enough. There is always that fear in most people’s minds of crashing for various reasons (usually mechanical error). Can you imagine not knowing that your pilot is being forced to purposely crash the plane and kill you and everyone else with no chance of survival? WOW! That really takes the fear of flying to a whole new level when you consider a situation like that. Let’s hope that it never happens.
OK… I might never fly again!
The author of this book, T.J. Newman, used to be a flight attendant, so she knows first hand what goes on up in the air, and what flight staff would do to help calm down the passengers. I think her insight into what goes on “behind the scenes” when we fly really helped to add more realism to the story.
This is a fast paced story. Pretty much from the very start of the book all the way to the end. I liked that it kept my full attention from start to finish, so much so that at times I didn’t want to put it down to do something that I needed to do. I would keep on reading one more page, than another page and so forth.
The book is filled with many different characters, and we see the story unfold through their eyes. I can’t honestly say that one character was more important than another because all of the characters were needed in order to tell this story.
Sometimes things seemed a bit predictable, but that is the case with most books. This book does have plenty of twists and turns, so you can’t always guess what is going to happen next.
This book is supposedly being turned into a movie by Universal Pictures. I can totally see this book being a movie. I’m trying to imagine who would play each of the characters. I can see Nicolas Cage in this film. He seems to pop up in all movies. Ha Ha.
The book has great ratings on Amazon (85% give it 4 or 5 stars) and it’s a Best Seller on Barnes & Nobles.
If you are looking for your next summer read, check out “Falling” by T.J. Newman. Look for it where ever books are sold.
Check out the backstory to the creation of this book, when it was written by the author, how long it took to get published, as well as more information about story inside the pages of “Falling.”
*I received a free copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinons expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.