This review is The Last Flight by Julie Clark. One of my favorite ways to rest is by curling up with a good book. Like movies and music, all genres appeal to me, and I give all books a chance to be ‘heard’!
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
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Prior to reading The Last Flight, I had read reviews praising Julie Clark’s ability to deliver a phenomenal story. I was eager to snatch up a copy and find out myself what all the talk was about. The reviews were right – it was a fantastic novel!
The story starts in an airport where Claire Cook is about to board a flight to Puerto Rico on the pretense of a business trip; however, she has different plans once the plane lands. She seems to have a perfect life – married to a Senator, part of a political dynasty that is the Cook family, a beautiful townhouse in Manhattan filled with staff, and left wanting for nothing – but it is anything but perfect.
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At the airport she happens to run into Eva, a woman who, Claire finds out, is also running from her life albeit for different reasons. Eva is flying to Oakland, and, after talking for a few minutes at the airport bar, discover they would rather trade lives than face their current one. So that’s what they do – they trade boarding passes, belongings, and identities – and depart each other’s lives.
Once the plane lands in Oakland, Claire makes a gruesome discovery: the flight she supposed to be on, the one Eva was on to Puerto Rico, crashed before reaching its destination. Although the public believes Claire is dead which should give her relief from being found, she has an overwhelming sense of guilt and grief of Eva’s death.
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As the days slowly tick by as Claire lives in Eva’s apartment, sleeps in bed, and wears her clothes, Claire grows more and more restless. She begins to piece together Eva’s supposed reasons for wanting to flee with the contents of her apartment and the two do not add up. Soon Claire reveals Eva’s life bit by bit and realizes she’s in danger in this new life just as she was in her old life.
The rest of the story unfolds in a climactic ending and has a satisfactory ending. It left me wanting a little bit more and no completely happy with how it ends (you’ll understand when you read it) but overall I was very pleased with this novel.
It grabbed my attention on the first page and held it until the end. The plot was intriguing and the twists were good ones, not ones I expected. Both women – Eva and Claire – were strong character leads that were empowering and dynamic. The surrounding characters and their parts in the story were supportive and interesting as well. Overall, I give the novel four out of five stars and look forward to reading Clark’s other novels.
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