The Last Flight
July 2020 Indie Next List
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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY BESTSELLER, & INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
The Last Flight is thoroughly absorbing--not only because of its tantalizing plot and deft pacing, but also because of its unexpected poignancy and its satisfying, if bittersweet, resolution. The characters get under your skin.--The New York Times Book Review
Two women. Two flights. One last chance to disappear.
Claire 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 bright and he's not above using his staff to track Claire's every move.
What he doesn't know is that Claire has worked for months on a plan to vanish. A plan that takes her to the airport, poised to run from it all. But a chance meeting in the airport bar brings her together with a woman whose circumstances seem equally dire. Together they make a last-minute decision.
The two women switch tickets, with 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 crashes, 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.
For fans of Lisa Jewell and Liv Constantine, 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.
Praise for The Last Flight:
The Last Flight is a wild ride: One part Strangers on a Train, one part Breaking Bad, with more twists than an amusement park roller coaster Julie Clark is a devilishly inventive storyteller.
--Janelle Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Watch Me Disappear and Pretty Things
The Last Flight is everything you want in a book: a gripping story of suspense; haunting, vulnerable characters; and a chilling and surprising ending that stays with you long after the last page.
--Aimee Molloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother
The perfect combination of beautiful prose and high suspense, and an ending that I guarantee will catch you off guard.
--Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of Dear Wife and The Marriage Lie
The Last Flight sweeps you into a thrilling story of two desperate women who will do anything to escape their lives. Both poignant and addictive, you'll race through the pages to the novel's chilling end. A must read of the summer
--Kaira Rouda, internationally bestselling author of Best Day Ever and The Favorite
Sourcebooks Landmark, 9781728215723, 320pp.
Publication Date: June 23, 2020
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
1. What do Claire and Eva have in common? In what ways are they different?
2. How do you feel about Eva’s decision to manipulate Claire?
3. Put yourself in Claire’s shoes. How would it feel knowing that you’ve traded your life for someone else’s? Would you feel guilty or fortunate? Why?
4. Describe the obstacles Claire faces once she escapes from Rory. Were there any difficulties that surprised you?
5. Compare Claire’s relationships with other women in the book like Eva, Danielle, Petra, and Kelly. Are any of these women similar? In what way?
6. Discuss Eva’s childhood. How does it affect how she behaves as an adult?
7. Identify some of the triggers Claire faces as a result of Rory’s abuse. How do you think she can overcome them?
8. Claire makes the difficult decision to go public with her story, knowing full well that she may be met with criticism and disbelief. Why did she make this decision? Would you have handled the situation differently?
9. Liz is the only person Eva allows to get close to her. Describe their friendship. Why is it important to Eva? What does it mean to her?
10. Eva faces several huge difficulties in her life. Do you think her drug dealing is justified, given her circumstances?
11. Characterize Eva’s relationship with Dex. Why does she feel betrayed when she learns the truth about him?
12. How did you feel after reading Eva’s final chapter? Do you think there was anything different she could have done?
13. What do you think Claire will do next with her life? Will she be happy?