Hostage by Clare Mackintosh – Blog Tour Review

Title: Hostage

Author: Clare Mackintosh

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Publisher: Sphere

Publication Date: 23rd June 2022 (paperback)

Rating: 4.5/5



Save hundreds of lives. Or save your child?

You’re on board the first non-stop flight from London to Sydney. It’s a landmark journey, and the world is watching. 

Shortly after take-off, you receive a chilling anonymous note.

There are people on this plane intent on bringing it down – and you’re the key to their plan.

You’d never help them, even if your life depended on it.

But they have your daughter . . . So now you have to choose.



I’m not a big fan of travelling at all, especially by air, so I could enjoy Hostage without it scaring me off plane travel as I’m already avoiding it anyway! Others may not be so lucky! This is a nail-bitingly tense read that I consumed in just a couple of sittings. The story follows Mina, a flight attendant on the first 20 hour nonstop flight from London to Sydney, when she receives a note telling her to do everything she is told or her five year old daughter will be harmed.

Hostage is a book that has its reader thinking ‘what would I do?’ over and over. Mina is easy to root for from the start, as is Sophia, her intelligent but troubled adoptive daughter. Mina’s estranged husband Adam is less so, however by about halfway through I was even on Adam’s side. Hostage is a rollercoaster of twists and turns from beginning to end. Admittedly, occasionally things got a tiny bit far fetched however I think this is one of those stories where the author has to just go for it and not hold back at all – which Mackintosh certainly did to great effect! I was hooked by the terrifying situation these characters found themselves in and couldn’t stop read until the resolution. Hostage is a nerve shredding, heart thumping and adrenaline filled thriller that I think will be a big hit this summer!


Thank you so much to Anne Cater of Random Things Blog Tours for inviting me on this tour and organising it. I kindly received a copy of the book from the publisher. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.

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Waterstones | Blackwell’s | Amazon

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