Hostage by Clare Mackintosh
Book review by Kelly Lacey
Fantastic from start to finish. I was hooked from the first chapter. It is one of those books that you cannot wait to get back to. Reading it on the first week back to work was not a good choice. I kept having an internal dialogue with myself about what could happen in the book.
It is fast-paced and there was never a dull moment. I enjoyed the build-up and tension it made me feel. You start to question what you would do in that situation. Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done. Very tricky to talk about it without spoilers. Which I won’t do, ever in my reviews.
There wasn’t a character I didn’t like. The main protagonist Mina is very relatable and likeable. A hardworking mum who is going through some struggles at home. Her daughter Sophia was my favourite character. A bright little button that loves her family.
The book was sensitively written. After the tragic events of 911, I know a lot of thought and time must have gone into making sure all care was taken not to offend or upset anyone. I did have little niggles of doubt going in that it would be too similar or bring up bad memories. But 100% no it’s totally unrelated to anything of that nature and you don’t think about it at all once you get into the plot. So If like me you are a little hesitant to read it because of that, don’t worry you can.
This would make an amazing screenplay and would-be Oscar-worthy for sure. The characters were so well written that I didn’t replace them with famous people in my head (as I sometimes do whilst reading). Which says a lot about the fabulous writing.
If you love Jodi Picoult’s writing then this one is for you. A dilemma with an action-packed plot thrown in for good measure.
Clare Mackintosh writes with such passion it flows into the reader’s soul.
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