Clare Mackintosh

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book | Fiction | Jun 2021
World → Little, Brown Book Group (UK)

The atmosphere on board the inaugural non-stop flight from London to Sydney is electric. Numerous celebrities are rumoured to be among the passengers in business class and journalists will be waiting on the ground to greet the plane.

Mina is one of a hand-picked team of flight attendants chosen for the landmark journey. She's trying to focus on the task in hand, and not worry about her troubled five-year-old daughter back at home with her husband. Or the cataclysmic problems in her marriage.

But the plane has barely taken off when Mina receives a chilling note from an anonymous passenger, someone intent on ensuring the plane never reaches its destination. Someone who needs Mina's assistance and who knows exactly how to make her comply.

It's twenty hours to landing.
A lot can happen in twenty hours . . .

A contemporary twist on the claustrophobic, locked-room setting of classic Agatha Christie novels, with the heart-stopping emotional intensity of ROOM - this is the explosive new thriller from number one Sunday Times bestselling author, Clare Mackintosh.


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An utterly riveting read – with so many jaw-dropping twists and turns you won’t dare unfasten your seatbelt

Lucy Foley

A propulsive read—HOSTAGE will have you questioning ‘what would you do?’ at every turn.

NYT and #1 International Bestselling author, Karin Slaughter

The queen of intensely paced thrillers is back with another gripping read.


A thrilling rollercoaster of a story. It’ll leave you breathless.

Jane Fallon

A nail-biter of a thriller with an unexpected gut-punch at the end—a fantastic read!

Shari Lapena

When Clare Mackintosh goes high concept, she doesn’t mess around [...] a true page-turner that will have producers lining up with movie offers.

Linwood Barclay

Hypnotically good - should be a hit, could be a classic, might be a legend.

Lee Child

Clare Mackintosh is a master of the unexpected [...] with superb pacing, bestseller Mackintosh ensures that what is really happening sneaks up on you. 

Barbara Peter, owner of The Poisoned Pen

Mackintosh is a pro.

New York Times

This is an incredibly tense read that has a satisfyingly clever ending.

Good Housekeeping

Taking the locked room mystery to a new, white-knuckle extreme, this is electrifying.


This is Clare Mackintosh’s fifth psychological thriller and proves why she is the queen of nail-biting suspense. With a brilliant premise, a multi-layered plot, an engaging cast of well-developed characters and perfect pacing, it’s a great holiday read.

Irish Independent

Buckle up for some edge-of-your-plane-seat action with this read-in-one-sitting thriller!

Fabulous Magazine

You really get the sense of tension throughout the book as you count down the hours that the plane has left before reaching its destination. The ending is particularly good and suggests it’s important to never underestimate anyone.

Belfast Telegraph

A thrilling, chilling gut-punch of a book.

Red Magazine

A stunning twist. 

Literary Review

This year's most intriguing high-concept plot.

Daily Express

A smart pay-off. 

The Times

I dare anyone to read this high-octane, tense thriller on a flight. 


Mackintosh has raised her game.

Publishers Weekly Starred Review


Crime Fiction Monthly

Feels like a blockbuster movie; edge of seat, nail biting, propulsive, compulsive, thrilling and just so beautifully done

Lisa Jewell

No one writes a twist like Clare Mackintosh. 

Paula Hawkins

Fiendishly clever. Mackintosh takes domestic suspense to new heights in this tale of a kidnapped child, hijacked plane, and two parents’ desperate fight to save their family.

Lisa Gardner

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