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Audrey J. Cole
The Pilot's Daughter
Welcome aboard Pacific Air Flight 385, with nonstop service from Seattle to Honolulu. Cora is scared to fly again after her husband died in a recent helicopter crash in Pago Pago. A thousand times she has told herself to turn around, not get on the flight, go back to her young children. But now, she’s seated in first class across the aisle from the girlfriend of a famous billionaire pharmaceutical entrepreneur. Halfway across the Pacific, the flight is hijacked. Six people are dead—including the pilots. Cora is a young widow, mother, and emergency room nurse...but as the world closes in around her, she’s also a pilot’s daughter. Lost off radar in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, the motive behind the hijacking remains a mystery. Not knowing who to trust, Cora works with the man seated beside her, Seattle Homicide Detective Kyle Adams, to save herself along with the remaining one hundred and fifty-four souls on board.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 6.75 out of 10


Plot: When Pacific Air Flight 385 is hijacked, it is up to the people on board to come together--including Cora, a widowed mother of two, and Kyle, a Seattle homicide detective. While the motives for the hijacking are initially unclear as the authorities scramble to find answers, it's ultimately up to Cora, and her (limited) experience as a pilot, to try and land the plane and save them all.

Prose/Style: There is nothing fancy about Cole's prose--and that is a great thing, as it keeps the story moving quickly. This is a fast, action-packed read with not a lot of frills and prose that keeps the reader engaged.

Originality: A hijacked plane is a familiar plot device, but what the plot lacks in originality it makes up for by being a solid story that is fast-paced and easy to read.

Character Development/Execution: Cole develops the characters just enough to connect readers to their plight and add depth to the story. The attraction between Cora and Kyle is an expected development, but does not detract from the story--instead, it helps to amp up the suspense and stakes.

Date Submitted: May 31, 2021