A fast-paced story with extremely high stakes that continue to soar.
On a flight
With a pitch like that, it’s difficult to believe that 41 literary agents rejected T.J. Newman’s debut manuscript, Falling.
As is clear from the premise, this is a fast-paced story with extremely high stakes that continue to soar as the plot advances. At certain points of the narrative, you really do sit at the edge of your seat, white-knuckled and dying to know what happens next.
Due to a combination of crisp writing, short chapters, and
The heartless actions of the bad guys in the story may leave readers feeling disgusted and disheartened about the state of humanity. The inclusion of the villains’ backstory helps to build understanding and empathy around them without excusing their crimes. That said, their motives feel a little confused and stereotypical.
A former flight attendant, Newman was able to set the aviation scenes impeccably, and her first-hand experience and knowledge allow the novel to shine with authenticity. Aside from the villains, the cast is made up of likable and relatable characters, none more so than the brave and selfless flight attendant Jo who managed to be there for Bill against all the odds.
One of Newman’s strengths is constantly pushing her characters further and further into impossible situations, boosting the pressure, the tension, and the stakes. Despite the horrendous circumstances they find themselves in, many of the characters do respond well to the pressure and act in intelligent ways, a testament to the author’s creativity.
Overall, Falling is an entertaining read that, oddly enough, is the sort of book you’d get stuck into while waiting for a flight at the airport. Given that this is a thriller
With a dramatic plot and easily digestible writing that is hard to put down, it’s easy to see why Falling has already created a buzz among readers that most debuts only dream of.
Reviewed by Vanessa Elle
Distributed by: Simon & Schuster
Released: 2 June 2021