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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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

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

NYT and #1 International Bestselling author, Karin Slaughter

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

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

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

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