Friday 1 April 2022

Review - the Hostage by Melinda Di Lorenzo

The Hostage by Melinda Di Lorenzo
Publisher: Headline
Release date: 15 March 2022
Back cover blurb: Surviving the plane crash was the easy part. After losing someone close to her, nurse Joelle Diedrich needs a change of scene. But stepping in as a last-minute medical escort on a prisoner transfer flight results in a bigger one than she bargained for. Waking in the wreckage of a crash, Joelle swiftly gathers that no one else on the plane was what they seemed. And if she wants to make it out of this alive, she must place her trust in the only survivor who's not trying to kill her: Beck, the convicted murderer who was being transported. Fleeing with Beck presents more than one danger - not only that of simple survival across treacherous terrain, but by making Joelle a target in a ruthless plot. As the threats multiply and Beck and Joelle grow closer, Joelle has to ask herself just how much she's willing to risk for a man she's just met, and figure out whether Beck will risk the same for her ...

The Hostage wouldn't be everyone's choice of novel before a long haul flight, but then I've never been conventional!

Having said that, the plane crash itself is not really the focus of the novel, it's more of an opening to the rest of the story.

Joelle is grieving her Mother's death when she is assigned as a medical escort for a prisoner transfer flight. Used to working in prisons as a nurse, passenger transport isn't something she's experienced before. 

Beck, the convicted murdered who is being transported is not what Joelle expected, but then she wasn't given a whole lot of information about the last minute assignment so shouldn't be surprised by that!

When the plane that they are travelling on crashes, Joelle at first believes that she is the only survivor, but she quickly realises that Beck is also alive. Should she trust him in, and allow him to help them both to safety? Or should she risk going it alone and not making it?

It's a tough call, but one that's made easier when they are shot at, and realise that they are not the only survivors, and that someone is after Beck certainly, and maybe Joelle too. As they flee the crash site, Joelle can't help but wonder not for the first time what the hell she has gotten herself into.

Nothing is as it seems in this fast pace thriller. I hadn't been sure what to expect from this, but it was a great read and left me wanting more.

The Hostage is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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