The Last Flight by Julie Clark

“The world was filled with people who carried secrets. No one was who they seemed to be.”

5 out of 5 stars

The Last Flight explores themes of identity, women’s friendships, and the limits of what an ordinary person will do to escape a threatening situation. The book begins with Claire making plans to flee an abusive marriage to a high-profile husband. She plans to disappear after flying to Denver for a charity speaking engagement but at the last minute switches tickets with a stranger, Eva, who was heading home to Oakland, California. 

The story moves quickly — I read the book in a day. The book uses a dual storyline approach, alternating between Claire in the present day and Eva in the few months before the flight. I was vested in both characters and storylines, although Claire’s storyline was the stronger of the two. 

I gave the book five stars because of the unique premise, the strong female characters, and the quality of the writing. There were a lot of memorable lines in the book. While I rated the book highly, a few events and scenes stretch the limits of believability. For example, after Claire disappears, she uses a laptop she had before her escape to access her husband’s emails and Google docs without being detected. This fact didn’t add up for me, given how much time was spent earlier in the book describing how closely Rory and his associates tracked her every move through technology. For me, these minor flaws didn’t take away from the story.

Overall, this was an excellent read, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a fast-paced, page-turner focused on women.

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