The Last Flight by Julie Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Claire Cook is married to the son of a powerful U.S. Senator from a power family (e.g. Kennedy, Bush). But her husband is controlling and abusive, so she decides to escape. She formulates a plan, but the plan is thwarted. Instead she ends up switching plane tickets with Eva, a young woman also in a desperate situation. The stories of the two women are told in interspersed chapters, Claire’s moving forward, Eva’s in flashbacks leading up to the day of the ticket switch.
I really like the premise. It’s a thriller, not a crime novel per se, although there are crimes involved. Tension was kept high. Will Claire’s husband find her? What happened to Eva? The writing was rather uninspired and won’t win any literary prizes, but it featured some locations I’m familiar with, which always adds to my interest. The ending wasn’t great, but it did explain one mystery and contained a surprise, so it wasn’t a disappointment.