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Named a most anticipated book of summer by dozens of outlets including USA Today, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Hollywood Reporter, CrimeReads, Goodreads, and more.
“The splashiest book debut of the summer.”
“The thriller of the summer.”
—Dallas Morning News
“An unputdownable thriller that will take you on a wild ride full of twists and suspense.”
—Good Morning America
“Summer’s big thriller . . . The frenzy for Falling is understandable: At every turn, Newman cranks the tension in unexpected ways that still satisfy the thriller lust. Her insider’s knowledge comes through in details that not only bolster the book’s credibility but also catalyze the plot.”
—Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times
“Terrifying . . . Buckle up for a chilling summer read.”
—People (Best Books of the Week)
“A rich and assured debut . . . Emotionally complex in surprising and refreshing ways . . . Falling is expertly paced—if you were to begin reading this book at LAX, you’d finish it right as you began your descent into JFK.”
—USA Today (3.5 out of 4 stars)
“A white-knuckle thrill ride.”
“One of the most talked-about debuts of the year. Like all good thrillers, Falling gets off to a dramatic start and maintains its momentum . . . Newman’s various narrative strands resemble high-voltage live wires. One tense predicament replaces another, from poison gas attacks to mutinous passengers to orders to kill the co-pilot or shoot down the plane. The suspense is heightened by the fact that the terrorist is not open to negotiation.”
—Malcolm Forbes, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“The summer’s buzziest beach read.”
—Los Angeles Magazine
“Bound for JFK out of LAX, pilot Bill Hoffman has no idea he’s about to be given a choice: Either crash the plane or his family will be murdered. The author, a former bookseller and flight attendant, seems to think of everything — every trick, every error, every advantage — in a plot that executes more barrel rolls than a stunt plane on the Fourth of July.”
—Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times
“One of the year’s best thrillers . . . This novel is like the films Die Hard and Speed on steroids . . . Newman keeps up an extreme pace from the first page.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“Brilliant . . . Incredibly suspenseful . . . With abundantly human characters, natural dialogue, and a plot that unleashes one surprise after another, this could be the novel that everyone is talking about this summer.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“A superlative debut . . . This tense, convincing thriller marks the arrival of an assured new talent.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“High-octane drama . . . Newman’s background means Falling brings a freshness and depth to the genre. While the story is propelled by the impossible situation Bill and his captive family find themselves in, at its heart is the relationship between the tight-knit crew. . . . It’s an eye-opening look into the reality of working on a plane.”
“Attention, please: T. J. Newman has written the perfect thriller! Such a cool, high-concept idea: commercial airline pilot forced to make the ultimate life-or-death choice. Newman’s background in the air grounds the story in reality, while her writing amps up the suspense to unbearable levels. Terrific and terrifying, a true page-turner. A must-read for summer vacation—but my advice is, don't start this book until you’ve gotten off the plane.”
—Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl
“Falling is the best kind of thriller (for me as a reader anyway). Characters you care deeply about. Nonstop, totally authentic suspense.”
—James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“T. J. Newman has taken a brilliant idea, a decade of real-life experience, and crafted the perfect summer thriller. Relentlessly paced and unforgettable.”
—Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Amazing . . . Intense suspense, shocks and scares plus chilling insider authenticity make this one very special.”
—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A bullet train of a thriller with incredible tension and personal stakes. The real engine of this stunning and relentless book is how far would you go to save your family? I read Falling with my heart in my throat—this is Jaws at 35,000 feet. An extraordinary debut and the perfect summer page-turner.”
—Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Force and The Cartel
“Heart pounding. Heart wringing. Heart STOPPING! A great book! One of those where you’re afraid to turn the next page, but you can’t stop.”
—Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander series
“Think Speed on a passenger jet—with the cockpit dials turned up to supersonic.”
—Ian Rankin, #1 internationally bestselling author
“Buckle up for a completely original edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the final nail-biting pages. Save your family or save the hundred passengers who have put their lives in your hands. You cannot save both. T. J. Newman’s chilling novel stayed with me long after I finished reading it. This is the best thriller I’ve read in years.”
—Adrian McKinty, New York Times bestselling author of The Chain
“A jet-propelled thriller that will have you in its grip from first page to last. A truly astonishing debut and an incredible work of pure suspense.”
—Steve Cavanagh, #1 bestselling author of the Eddie Flynn series
“Falling redefines the phrase roller-coaster ride. It redefines the term edge-of-your-seat thriller. Falling is that rarest of things, a book that is even better than everyone says it is. T. J. Newman has delivered a stunning debut.”
—Dervla McTiernan, #1 internationally bestselling author
About the Author
- ASIN : B08SNVSF47
- Publisher : Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster (July 6, 2021)
- Publication date : July 6, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2785 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 303 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #168 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I’ll leave it to you to check the description of Falling (along with some of the hype) on Amazon or Goodreads. The remainder of my review will tell you just some of my reasons for having such an unusually strong negative opinion of it:
...First-time author T.J. Newman’s writing style is clumsy, choppy and, sad to say, amateurish;
...The book is virtually devoid of any meaningful character development, and what there is is one-dimensional at best. For me, the characters too often came across as comic book figures rather than “real life” people;
...The plot (which I had high hopes for prior to starting Falling), the dialog and the various actions taken by the “good” and “bad” characters were so implausible for me that instead of considering them to be exciting/suspenseful/attention-holding, I had a hard time keeping my eyes from rolling around in my head. This continued to the point that by the time I got to the last 50-60 pages — which were intended to be the most dramatic part of the book — I found myself skimming through them in order to get to the only real exciting part of the book for me, which was to come to THE END.
And, if the above reasons aren’t enough for you, while I can’t cite specifics about the political motivations for the “bad guys” without providing spoilers, I’ll just say they were unoriginal and preachy.
#Falling #Net Galley
Veteran pilot Bill Hoffman can’t say no when his boss asks him to fly to NYC at short notice, but has no idea what’s in store: soon after take-off he receives a call from a terrorist who has kidnapped Bill’s wife and kids and delivers the chilling ultimatum - either he crashes the plan, or they will be killed. Refusing to do either is not an option - how can Bill and his brave crew save all their lives?
This was superbly plotted and paced, and features a fantastic cast of characters, especially courageous Jo and cheeky Daddy. The author cleverly manages to make us sympathise with the villain, without ever wanting him to succeed. This is the author’s first novel, written while she worked as a flight attendant for Virgin Airlines, and the jargon and flight-talk gave it a very realistic feel. The ending, however, is pure Hollywood - highly recommended! 4.5 rounded up for the gripping delivery and the eye-catching cover.
I received a free ARC and am posting this review voluntarily.
Captain Bill Hoffman boards flight CA416 to New York with a heavy heart. He knows he's in trouble with his wife, when he left the house things were strained between them but for Bill, it's impossible to say no to the Chief Pilot. Missing his son's Little League opener is something he'll have to come to terms with. Despite the tension at home, it's another normal day for Bill. Nothing out of the ordinary. Until he receives a devastating message. His family have been taken hostage. In order for them to live, Bill must crash the plane killing everyone on board. Bill has an impossible decision to make and the clock is ticking...
Falling is a superb debut. Tense, scarily real and absolutely relentless. The book starts with a bang. The author throws the reader straight into the deep end. You have no idea what came before but you have a fair idea of what's coming next. By far, the best opener to a book I've read in a long, long time. Although the action does grind down a gear or two after our initial introduction to Bill, the tension remains ever present. As the situation the crew are in becomes clear, as the pressure mounts, the book builds to a heart-stopping climax. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I was living and breathing this book alongside the characters. Totally believable, completely engrossing and the ultimate thrill-ride.
As an ex-flight attendant the author has used her extensive knowledge (and a little artistic flair!) to create a pulse-pounding reading experience which I loved. I felt fully invested in the characters. Strong, capable Bill who everyone believes will do the right thing (whatever that is!), the fearless cabin crew who not only have a flight full of anxious, scared passengers to deal with but also the promise of the hijackers 'back-up plan'. And not forgetting Bill's family, his wife, Carrie, who has a suicide vest strapped to her but still manages to remain outwardly calm and in control for the sake of her two children - 10 year old Scott and baby, Elise. It's the stuff nightmares are made of and I loved every heart in my mouth second.
Would I recommend this book? I most definitely would, yes. If you're looking for a thrilling, high concept, intense and all-consuming read then make sure you get yourself a copy of Falling. It's true, I won't be stepping foot on a plane anytime soon but don't let that stop you ! Highly, highly entertaining. I was completely captivated from that blisteringly good start to the heart-stopping, 'read behind your hands' end. A definite contender for my 'books of the year' list without a doubt. Shedloads of suspense, a fast and pacey plot and a cast of characters I felt fully invested in. Sublime! Highly recommended.
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It’s difficult to believe this is a debut and T J Newman has clearly brought her knowledge and experience as an airline steward into play. But it’s more than that; her writing is assured and pacy and in addition to crafting a complex thriller, the characters are people in whom I felt totally invested. My heart was literally racing at times. Their lives hanging by a thread if demands not met and seemingly powerless. There are so many emotions bubbling throughout this story; fear, panic, bravery, people facing personal demons…It’s difficult not to give too much away, but it truly takes the reader on a roller coaster of disaster and emotion. If you’re a nervous flier, it’s not the book to pick up at the airport to see you through the trip! There’s frantic action at ground level too as FBI and other officials work desperately to resolve the situation. This is a story that’s likely to leave you literally breathless as you race to the end. A blockbuster of a story and it’s going to be the talked about thriller of the summer. Cant wait for her next one; an amazing new voice.
Alas, it certainly is. Falling is a first draft by a first time writer with a half good idea.
The half good idea is the premise: a pilot must crash his busy plane or see his kidnapped family murdered. The strength of this premise is that it puts Captain Bill Hoffman's two great duties in life, as a husband and father and a pilot, into conflict, which is an intense emotional proposition as this all American hunk has both codes carved into his heart - and poses the unvoiced question of how he will get out of having to choose.
But the idea is also half bad. Cap'n Hoffman is stuck in the cockpit, which means he can't do all of the fighting to advance his cause. Newman has to get the cabin crew involved for more drama in the air. The problems start there.
The plucky cabin crew - by far the best characters in the book - merely deal with an additional threat while Hoffman flies the plane and ponders his dilemma. It feels like padding. As do the flashbacks Newman deploys throughout what is a short book. This isn't all. Time spent in the air cramps time on the ground. The FBI search for Hoffman's family should feel desparate and ingenious, but it's just a frame or two of Saturday night TV car chases and the like. Worst of all, the bad guys screw up all the time.
The pleasure of such 'blockbusters' is seeing the heroes overcoming incredible odds and genius villains, not hapless depressives who show traces of humanity. The writer's attempt to give the bad guys an emotional grounding leaves us in no man's land. Do we want to see their asses handed to them or for them merely to be put out of their mysery? Are they entertaining, like Hans Gruber in Die Hard, or the shark in Jaws (which only needed that riff to give us the chills), or are they supposed to make us feel guilty and sorry for them? If so, what are they doing in a book being pumped hard as a beach read?
Oh yes, a beach read. But we have airplane terrorism here. The thing that caused 9/11, an event that set in train processes that resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths. Writers can write what they like, of course, but whether this is appropriate material for a 'fun read' is a question many will fairly ask. The same goes for using middle eastern characters as the terrorists. Some are saying this is just a wrong choice flat out. It isn't. But characters like that need to be handled with a lot of skill especially due to 9/11 and what followed, and in Falling the handling is amateurish and clunky.
It seems to be flying off the shelves, which reflects the marketing push, not the quality of the book. Good luck to the author and congratulations for pulling off a huge success first time out. Why they wanted to push this one quite so hard is the mystery yet to be solved.
Having forgotten that I pre-ordered it, this book arrived unexpectedly in my Kindle inbox. I read an article about the book and I was intrigued enough to pay my money months before its release. This was not because I love thriller books. Far from it, this is a genre I would not normally read. I ordered it because of the author’s backstory: first time novelist, lots of rejections, flight attendant writing in her spare time about a clever twist on a hijack at forty thousand feet, rave reviews.
If edge of your seat, tension on every page, easy to read books are your thing, then this should be on your summer reading list (as long as your holiday does not involve boarding an aeroplane). The author has ticked most of the ‘must do’ things to get published. The characters are full of colour, there are unexpected plot turns (within context of a well-trodden story-line), a love story, enemies with a background to make them human and enough technical detail to interest but not bore the reader.
I really enjoyed this book having read it in two sessions. But, with the caveat of this being firmly in a genre I do not normally read, it is not a novel that left me wanting more. The prose is well constructed and easy to read, but never asks you to re-read sentences just to admire the skill of the writer. The storyline is at times very far-fetched, but again this is absolutely to be expected – Die Hard would never happen in real life.
Universal have won the bidding for the rights to the movie. This is one of those books that absolutely smacks of blockbuster Hollywood film
I have given this book five stars, not because it has gone into my top books list, but because it will with so many people who love novels that seem to turn the pages themselves.
However, I almost read the second half of the book in a single sitting, so the author is doing something right.
As other reviewers have said, there are a lot of cardboard cutouts in this book. Character development is pretty sparse and every i thing is perfectly american. The scenes with the FBI feel like they have come from a US TV series rather than from any serious research.
I think the author should have worked harder and longer. She clearly has talent, but really needs some development