THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THE INSTANT USA TODAY BESTSELLER Two women Two Flights One last chance to disappearClaire Cook has a perfect life Married to the scion of a political dynasty, with a Manhattan townhouse and a staff of ten, her surroundings are elegant, her days flawlessly choreographed, and her future auspicious But behind closed doors, nothing is quite as it seems That perfect husband has a temper that burns as bright as his promising political career, and he s not above using his staff to track Claire s every move, making sure she s living up to his impossible standards But what he doesn t know is that Claire has worked for months on a plan to vanishA chance meeting in an airport bar brings her together with a woman whose circumstances seem equally dire Together they make a last minute decision to switch tickets Claire taking Eva s flight to Oakland, and Eva traveling to Puerto Rico as Claire They believe the swap will give each of them the head start they need to begin again somewhere far away But when the flight to Puerto Rico goes down, Claire realizes it s no longer a head start but a new life Cut off, out of options, with the news of her death about to explode in the media, Claire will assume Eva s identity, and along with it, the secrets Eva fought so hard to keep hidden The Last Flight is the story of two women both alone, both scared and one agonizing decision that will change the trajectory of both of their lives


10 thoughts on “The Last Flight

  1. Meredith Meredith says:

    ADDICTIVEIf we don t tell our own stories, we ll never take control of the narrative The Last Flight is a psychological thriller about two women whose chance encounter provides them the opportunity to escape from their demons in the form of a dark and dangerous Freaky Friday Claire and Eva are at a crossroads in their lives Claire is trying to escape from her abusive husband, while Eva is trying to escape from a dangerous career A chance encounter at the airport enables them to switch fl ADDICTIVEIf we don t tell our own stories, we ll never take control of the narrative The Last Flight is a psychological thriller about two women whose chance encounter provides them the opportunity to escape from their demons in the form of a dark and dangerous Freaky Friday Claire and Eva are at a crossroads in their lives Claire is trying to escape from her abusive husband, while Eva is trying to escape from a dangerous career A chance encounter at the airport enables them to switch flights and adopt one another s identities Although they are able to trade identities, danger lurks behind the corner for both women, resulting in a tense and suspenseful read.Told through both women s eyes, the reader learns about their pasts and their desire to escape Both characters are well developed and both narratives are equally compelling I was rooting for both Claire and Eva and was pleased with how their stories played out There are some moments in this book that had me shaking my head at the level of improbability However, Clark s writing style is addictive and allowed me to immerse myself in Claire and Eva s stories and shut off my annoying brain When I got closer to the end, I realized that I was wrong about most of these questionable moments, as there is a lotgoing on in this book than initially seemed The Last Flight is a page turner I was hooked from the start It is fast paced, tautly written, suspenseful, and intriguing This is what a psychological thriller should be I highly recommend I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  2. Dorie - Cats&Books :) Dorie - Cats&Books :) says:

    NOW AVAILABLE It s rarely that I give a thriller 5 stars but this one was exceptionally good I thought the dual plot lines flowed well and I didn t have any trouble shifting from one woman s story to the other There is a lot of back and forth but it s easy to follow.So as women sometimes I think we ve come so far but yet there are still so many women out there being abused by their husbands or controlled by dealers and pimps This is the story of two very different women who both desperat NOW AVAILABLE It s rarely that I give a thriller 5 stars but this one was exceptionally good I thought the dual plot lines flowed well and I didn t have any trouble shifting from one woman s story to the other There is a lot of back and forth but it s easy to follow.So as women sometimes I think we ve come so far but yet there are still so many women out there being abused by their husbands or controlled by dealers and pimps This is the story of two very different women who both desperately need to escape their lives and they have done a great deal of research and planning to find a way to escape.One point of view is that of Claire, married to a prominent political family, think the Kennedy s which are always the first to come to mind She thought she married a funny, loving and caring man but as their marriage went on he became physically abusive Rory has surrounded himself with so much staff that seem to watch Claire s every move, including his personal manager, Danielle, that Claire at first can t think of a way to escape from him She had failed a prior attempt and suffered badly at her husband s hand with the bruises, etc to prove it This time, with the help of her close friend whose husband has great connections she thinks she has it planned perfectly She will go to a planned event but then drastically change her course and plane destination and hopefully disappear On the day of the planned event however, her husband suddenly decides that she must fly to Puerto Rico to an event there that he wants her to attend She still thinks she has a chance to get away if she can only figure out a way She meets another woman Eva, with a ticket to California, at the airport bar and everything changes Eva was raised in the foster care system but she was one of the ones who made it out She had a great scholarship and was working hard in college at Berkely and then met the wrong guy He got her in a situation with drugs and when they were both caught, the police only pressed charges on Eva and she lost her scholarship Desperate and with no money, she meets a man who promises a safe career in drug dealing if only she follows all of the rules For a while she works at making and selling drugs, but then things turn dark and frightening and she wants to get away and start a new life.These two characters meet at the bar in the airport and decide to change tickets, passports, ID s, purses, basically their entire identity Claire goes to Oakland and Eva to Puerto Rico.There is a lot to follow in this twisty, roller coaster of a thriller When at any time I thought I knew what would happen I was wrong What aced this one for me was the description of the characters and I found them both believable and vulnerable and I was rooting for them both This book is very fast paced and will practically force you to continue Noplot details, I want everyone to experience the thrills in this book, I highly recommend it.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.It is set to publish on June 23, 2020


  3. Dita Dita says:

    Okay, this was really goodTwo women in crisis meet at the airport and decide to switch tickets and escape their terrible circumstances Claire has choreographed her escape from abusive, douchey, Senate seeking husband Rory with microscopic precision But her plans disintegrate at the last minute forcing her to punt on the fly and well, what if what she s getting is worse than what she has I loved that I felt smug about knowing what was happening but then got slapped into place Thank you to Ju Okay, this was really goodTwo women in crisis meet at the airport and decide to switch tickets and escape their terrible circumstances Claire has choreographed her escape from abusive, douchey, Senate seeking husband Rory with microscopic precision But her plans disintegrate at the last minute forcing her to punt on the fly and well, what if what she s getting is worse than what she has I loved that I felt smug about knowing what was happening but then got slapped into place Thank you to Julie Clark, Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review


  4. Kaceey Kaceey says:

    It s been a tough year for thrillers But after seeing so many fabulous reviews for this book, I knew I had to pick this one up I was becoming desperate for the elusive five star thriller And, drum roll I got it Claire is trapped in an abusive relationship And it won t be easy for her to just skip away Her husband is well known, powerful and influential in the political circles.Poor Eva s life has never been an easy journey But somehow, she managed to earn her way into prestigious It s been a tough year for thrillers But after seeing so many fabulous reviews for this book, I knew I had to pick this one up I was becoming desperate for the elusive five star thriller And, drum roll I got it Claire is trapped in an abusive relationship And it won t be easy for her to just skip away Her husband is well known, powerful and influential in the political circles.Poor Eva s life has never been an easy journey But somehow, she managed to earn her way into prestigious Berkeley, only to find herself tripping and falling once again Oh, and by the way she s running for her life now too Who exactly is she running from, and why These two unfortunate, desperate women are about to collide in a way that will see their lives and futures change forever.I was completely enmeshed in this book from start to finish Unputdownable Julie Clark writes a fantastic, suspense filled tale with a full complement of clever twists and even a few monster jaw dropping moments As I was reading, I kept thinking there are a few loose ends here that are going to be left dangling There s no way possible to explain them Sooo once again I was preparing myself to end this book on a frustrating note Duped again BUT Julie Clark filled in every blank and wrapped every frayed end into a beautiful shiny bow I can t wait to see what Ms Clark comes up next More from this very talented author please A buddy read with Susanne that we both really enjoyed Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark


  5. Jayme Jayme says:

    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY THIS WAS THE BEST THRILLER I HAVE READ THIS YEAR BAR NONE CLAIRE She married into a political dynasty, and she is expected to perform her role as the future Senator s wife, PERFECTLY.EVA Despite being raised in the Foster Care system, she is doing well in College, until SHE meets the wrong guy.TWO vulnerable women TWO impossible situations.Until, they meet in an airport bar, and make a decision to switch tickets.Claire takes Eva s ticket to Oakland.Eva takes Claire s HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY THIS WAS THE BEST THRILLER I HAVE READ THIS YEAR BAR NONE CLAIRE She married into a political dynasty, and she is expected to perform her role as the future Senator s wife, PERFECTLY.EVA Despite being raised in the Foster Care system, she is doing well in College, until SHE meets the wrong guy.TWO vulnerable women TWO impossible situations.Until, they meet in an airport bar, and make a decision to switch tickets.Claire takes Eva s ticket to Oakland.Eva takes Claire s ticket to Puerto Rico.Each hopes the change in destination will give them a chance for a head start, at a new life.But, when the plane to Puerto Rico goes down, and there are no survivors, Claire realizes she will be declared dead and nobody will be looking for her.But, disappearing is NOT that simple.The pace was FAST, the tension was TAUT, and the reasons these two strong, savvy women needed to escape were believable and RELEVANT This book does not seem to be on anybody s radar yet, but it should be A big THANK YOU, to NetGalley and Edelweiss, Sourcebooks Landmark Publishing and Julie Clark for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review


  6. marilyn marilyn says:

    The Last Flight introduces us to two women, both running from deadly adversaries, hoping to disappear forever, to start a new life and leave the pain of their old lives behind These women are strangers but meet each other in an airport, have a drink together, and then trade their IDs and other important items, including their plane tickets From there they are off to a very new and unknown life Neither woman really knows what the other is running from and what they might be running toward C The Last Flight introduces us to two women, both running from deadly adversaries, hoping to disappear forever, to start a new life and leave the pain of their old lives behind These women are strangers but meet each other in an airport, have a drink together, and then trade their IDs and other important items, including their plane tickets From there they are off to a very new and unknown life Neither woman really knows what the other is running from and what they might be running toward Claire is married to a man whose family is as well known, powerful, and wealthy as the Kennedy clan Her abusive husband berates and beats her and because he lost a partner years ago and cannot let another scandal ruin his run for a Senate seat, Claire is not allowed to leave the marriage, not allowed to make mistakes Even on her best behavior, Claire has missteps and she pays for it Her prison is glamorous and luxurious but it s still a prison and her life is in danger Eva is running from a deadly situation, too Her life has always been lonely and difficult and a case of bad judgement during her college years changed her trajectory from a possible well respected career to something else, something she can never discuss with anyone, something that shames her She is the impetus for the switch of tickets and lives Both women are very smart, strong even on their own, and braver than the men in their lives would ever know or admit Then one of the planes crashes We go back six months and learn Eva s background and what led her to run Claire s story is told in real time and she has reason to believe that Eva never made it on the plane Officials now think that Claire is dead since the ticket was in her name Men are looking for both women and their lives are still in danger This story has you in the heads of both women, hoping they can escape their old lives but knowing that the path is very difficult and the outcome is in doubt


  7. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    This is unique, poignant, twisty, breathtaking page turner This story isthan a mystery or thriller it s emotional , thought provoking, moving, heartbreaking women s fiction So this is so different from the other thrillers I ve read this year Two desperate women deserve clean slates by leaving their old lives that suffocating, slowly killing them.Claire from exterior, she seems like having a dreamy life, married with charming, wealthy politician, living in a luxurious Manhattan townhou This is unique, poignant, twisty, breathtaking page turner This story isthan a mystery or thriller it s emotional , thought provoking, moving, heartbreaking women s fiction So this is so different from the other thrillers I ve read this year Two desperate women deserve clean slates by leaving their old lives that suffocating, slowly killing them.Claire from exterior, she seems like having a dreamy life, married with charming, wealthy politician, living in a luxurious Manhattan townhouse But in reality, she is trapped in a nightmare and her each move is monitoring, her each word comes out of her mouth is rehearsed and her own life is planned and choreographed by his abusive, ambitious senate candidate husband and his resourceful staff Thankfully she forms a friendship with Petra and her husband Nico help her to work on a detailed escape plan She carefully siphons 40K and Nico s secret connections provide her new identity now she s counting the time to catch her plane to Detroit to conduct her last step of her plan But unfortunately the day she flies to Detroit, her husband changes his mind and he flies to Detroit and sends her to Puerto Rico Claire s all meticulously prepared documents and money were already sent to her Detroit hotel which will be probably received by her malicious husband She has to hide in Puerto Rico with no money and no proper plan But somebody follows her moves from the beginning Another desperate woman who needs to get away from her life Eva.They meet at the airport Eva tells her she left her job to take care of her husband who recently lost the battle against big C And now she s miserable and she needs a fresh start just like Claire did She offers her switch their tickets and Claire accepts without thinking further because time is clicking and her A.hole husband already found her fake ID sent to the hotel room Eva gets the ticket to Puerto Rico as Claire gets the ticket to Oakland their plan seems like work for well for them till plane to Puerto Rico crashes down Claire directly goes to Eva s place, turning on the news to watch her husband speaking to the TV cameras how devastated he is after his wife s sudden death At least she can get her own clean slate but as soon as she finds Eva is a liar and she s running away from dark past She finds herself tangled in lies and threatened bydangerous people I loved riveting pacing and I loved both of the characters Their stories ached my heart Especially I rooted for Eva The epilogue part of the book deserves its own five stars It shook me to the core I m rounding up 4.5 stars to 5 after reading that powerful conclusion and poignant epilogue of the book I m only thanking myself to decide to buy this book after getting both rejected from Edelweiss and NetGalley It s worth every penny


  8. Oscar Oscar says:

    This week I challenged myself to read three recent hyped thrillers The others books I read were The Swap and The Wife Stalker trigger warning for physical and drug abuseLike many, she d grown tired of watching powerful men never being held accountable, boys will be boys evolving into an impenetrable armor, shielding them from blame The book follows Claire and Eva, two different women who boarded two different flights One narrates the present while the other tells the past Both follow This week I challenged myself to read three recent hyped thrillers The others books I read were The Swap and The Wife Stalker trigger warning for physical and drug abuseLike many, she d grown tired of watching powerful men never being held accountable, boys will be boys evolving into an impenetrable armor, shielding them from blame The book follows Claire and Eva, two different women who boarded two different flights One narrates the present while the other tells the past Both followed by their own demons which they hoped to escape from What will happen if their stories suddenly meet Chaos Warning The blurb here is too spoilery I advise to go as blind as possible in reading this My reading experience was splendid because of that Gone Girl meets Breaking Bad in Julie Clark s addictive latest novel The Last Flight Phew, this was a ride The writing here was excellent Definitely a page turner The author has crafted a story with absolute no dull moment Not everyone can do that I was invested in it right after reading the first chapter which is unusual to me Normally, it will take me at least halfway of the book to be fully engrossed in it The characters are worth rooting for One is a victim of a never ending domestic abuse while the other is a victim of the unfair society Both of them has risen up to the challenges faced before them Their growth throughout the whole story was phenomenal I teared up in the end Reading the last pages gave me the sense of peace and contentment.The only petty thing I have against this book was the format It was paragraphs after paragraphs Felt like I was reading essays at some point Don t get me wrong I obviously enjoyed this as a whole but still I hoped there weredialogues in it Also, certain characters were introduced in the first chapters which I hoped haveexposure andfleshed out Overall, this is a story about sexism and misogyny of mothers and daughters Of taking your life and own it Of choosing the right thing no matter how hard it is This is a compelling and magnificent story about survival Twisty and suspenseful, I dare you not to miss thisEverything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear


  9. Susanne Strong Susanne Strong says:

    4 StarsEvery Action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction There s no looking back for Claire or Eva, who meet at a bar at JFK Airport Both desperately need to escape, thus escape they shall Realizing that their chance meeting gives them exactly what they need, they switch tickets and identities Claire takes Eva s flight to Oakland, while Eva takes Claire s flight to Puerto Rico A Last Minute Decision Two Women s Lives Changed Forever.Claire and Eva are both on the run, but from what and whom 4 StarsEvery Action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction There s no looking back for Claire or Eva, who meet at a bar at JFK Airport Both desperately need to escape, thus escape they shall Realizing that their chance meeting gives them exactly what they need, they switch tickets and identities Claire takes Eva s flight to Oakland, while Eva takes Claire s flight to Puerto Rico A Last Minute Decision Two Women s Lives Changed Forever.Claire and Eva are both on the run, but from what and whom A taut character driven thriller told from both women s perspectives, this one is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat Breathless and heart pounding, I found myself questioning everything and I mean everything A few moments of incredulity led me to get it though Julie Clark threw in several little shockers that still left me satisfied at the end Kudos to Julie Clark for writing The Last Flight which is a highly entertaining, suspenseful thriller This was a fabulous buddy read with Ms Kaceey.Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Julie Clark for the arc.Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 5.17.20


  10. Ceecee Ceecee says:

    An easy 5 stars Well, this is how you write a suspense thriller This is the story of two vulnerable and brave women who want to escape from their world which has become too dangerous to live in Claire Cook is married to Rory, a family dynasty not unlike the Kennedys Rory presents a charismatic, charming face to the world but that is not who or what he is Claire makes plans to vanish but these plans go awry At JFK airport she meets Eva, also on the run but the story she spins and which C An easy 5 stars Well, this is how you write a suspense thriller This is the story of two vulnerable and brave women who want to escape from their world which has become too dangerous to live in Claire Cook is married to Rory, a family dynasty not unlike the Kennedys Rory presents a charismatic, charming face to the world but that is not who or what he is Claire makes plans to vanish but these plans go awry At JFK airport she meets Eva, also on the run but the story she spins and which Claire buys into is a lie They trade flights and hopes that this will allow them to vanish from their lives but the Puerto Rico flight Claire should have been on crashes The story is told in dual storylines by Claire in the present day and by Eva in a countdown from 6 months prior to the crash The two storylines are gripping and very easy to follow You feel Claire s panic, tension and fear which is sometimes so great its sickening and in the pit of your stomach Eva is lost, she gets herself embroiled in things, her dreams are dashed partly because she s powerless, she feels unloved and expendable especially when she becomes caught between two equally dangerous options Both women are very likeable, they re flawed but who isn t, you really want both of them to succeed, get away, have a second chance and start afresh with opportunity rather than danger I really like the Berkeley, San Francisco setting which provides an atmospheric backdrop to the unfolding drama The story is very well plotted and the pace is spot on and really ramps up towards the end There is some tension and bumps along the road when you hold your breathe and keep your fingers crossed for both women There are twists and turns and some of those I most certainly didn t see coming The ending feels right although it s probably not what you are hoping for Overall, a terrific suspense thriller which is extremely well written, keeps your focus throughout with characters you invest in Highly recommended Many thanks to NetGalley and Hodder and Stoughton for the ARC