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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  786 ratings  ·  472 reviews
You just boarded a flight to New York.

There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard.

What you don’t know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped.

For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.

The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane.

Enjoy the flight.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: July 6th 2021 by Avid Reader Press / Simon Schuster
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Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Heart Thumping -Non-Stop Action-from START to FINISH!! ❤️

You CAN read this ADRENALINE thriller in the course of the five hours or so that it might take you to fly from LAX (Los Angeles) to NY’s JFK airport....but I suggest you read it when your feet are planted firmly on the ground!!

Captain Bill Hoffman’s family has been kidnapped thirty minutes before his flight but he doesn’t know this yet.

His wife Carrie, and his two children are being held hostage, strapped to explosives 🧨

And, when he fin
May 07, 2021 rated it liked it
And the 2021 winner for Worst Book to Read on an Airplane goes to… Falling by T.J. Newman!

Applause, applause. The concept itself definitely deserves it, since it’s one of the best “would you rather” quandaries I’ve ever heard: If you were a pilot, would you rather crash the commercial plane you’re flying or have your kidnapped family be murdered? I consider myself pretty savage at WYR, but even I wouldn’t want to answer that question.

In fact, it’s such a good one that it’s already netted debut a
Michael David
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

Bette Davis said that famously misquoted line in All About Eve, and it applies here as well.

Flight 416 is on its way to New York when Captain Bill Hoffman finds out his wife and two children are being held hostage by a man that has strapped them into explosive vests. The man contacts Bill in-flight and tells him that if he doesn’t crash the plane, killing all “souls” aboard, then his family will be killed.

After the initial shock wears off,
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Remember the name of this author, T. J. Newman, because I assure you, you will be awaiting her next book. A former waitress and flight attendant, this is quite a debut!!

This novel will take you away from wherever you are and take you into the air and the TERRIFYING PLIGHT OF THE PILOT, PASSENGERS AND CREW aboard flight 416!!

Coastal Airways Captain Bill Hoffman wasn’t supposed to be flying that day. In fact he had a disagreement with his wife before he left, this was supposed to be a family nigh
This is a fast-pace Suspense Mystery/Thriller. This book takes you on a wild ride of action, twist and suspense. Basically without giving anything away this book is only about a pilot being made to choose to save his family or to save everyone on the plane he is flying. This book pull me in so fast, and I did not want to put it down at all. I spend most of today reading this reading. All the characters in this book are really developed, and they really came to life for me while I read this book. ...more
Wow! What an incredible debut novel. Fasten your seatbelts and pull your seat back straight because this is going to be one helluva ride!

When Coastal Airways Captain Bill Hoffman is called in on his day off to pilot flight 416 from LA to New York, he little imagines it will be any more than a routine flight. With clear weather, he’s not expecting any problems flying the Airbus A320 carrying 144 passengers, his experienced co-pilot Ben, two senior flight attendants, Jo and Michael and young proba
Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
OMG! Since 24’s season 5 21st episode I haven’t gotten so tense! I am so close to explode! My heart is pounding so fast! I can crush because of extra adrenalin rush as the blood keeps pumping into my veins! What a freaking eyes popping head spinning gut wrenching ride I jumped on!

This book is sticky! It glues to your hands, taking control of your mind, forcing you cut your connection with the real world and for cues you to enjoy the action packed, fist pumping, jaw clenching, heart throbbing pac
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing

This is one that’s best to go in blind, without too much information which would spoil the enjoyment. Suffice it to say, Captain Bill Hoffman works for Coastal Airways, there are 144 passengers on Flight 416 from LAX to JFK. Meanwhile on the ground his wife Carrie, son Scott and baby Elise are held at gunpoint by Sam .... The story alternates between the cockpit and cabin and events on the ground.

‘Come fly with me, come fly, let’s fly away’ ... but maybe not this flight as it’s your worst n
Carolyn Walsh
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for this gripping, thrilling book in return for an honest review. The threats and actions were relentless, with suspense and tension throughout. This was an extraordinary debut thriller that kept me riveted to the seat while dreading its outcome.

All aboard the plane for an almost 6-hour flight from LA to NYC. There are 149 passengers and crew aboard who are not expecting the terror that will face them. The pilot, Bill, is faced with a dilemm
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
My goodness, what a book! You might actually forget to breathe whilst reading this one. It is an intense page turner that you will struggle to put down. I made the mistake of starting Falling late one night and wished that I could have read it in one sitting. It would make a fantastic movie 🎥

An impossible choice.... what would you do? Commercial airline pilot Bill picks up an extra flight at the last minute and will soon wish that he had said no. Early into the flight to New York he is given an
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars, rounded up
This book starts with one of the scariest scenes I’ve ever read. I had no clue where the book would go from there. But it does…
Captain Bill Hoffman is the pilot on an LA to NYC flight when he gets an email from his wife. A picture of her and their son, bags over their heads and explosives around her waist. His choice - crash the plane he’s flying or have his family killed. It’s a wild ride to see how he plans to get out of this situation. There’s never a lull in the suspense
Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
That was more like it - a book I could really get my teeth into. And what a dilemma it was! Bill Hoffman, a pilot with Coastal Airways is to captain a flight on his supposed day off as the rostered pilot is suddenly unavailable. The decision is not popular with his family but he goes to do his job. Then the nightmare begins. He learns his family is being held hostage - his wife, Carrie strapped into a suicide bomber vest trying to comfort his son Scott, 10 and juggle 10 month baby Elise with bou ...more
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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“You will crash your plane or I will kill your family.” That is the message that Bill Hoffman receives while he is piloting a commercial aircraft from California to New York. His wife and 2 young children are being held hostage. There are guns, lethal gas and explosives involved and Bill must decide who will die.

This is the first book from this author and it is a terrific thriller. Finally, a thriller that is actually thrilling. My interest never flagged. It would make a great movie as the acti
Gloria Arthur
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
⭐️4 Stars⭐️

A pulse pounding thriller that will have you flying through the pages!

The first line of this novel made me shudder! I personally wouldn’t want to be reading this pre-flight!

Bill Hoffman is a pilot for Coastal Air, he’s about to captain a five and a half hour flight on an Airbus A320 to New York. He’s been called in on his day off and wifey is not happy. Just into the flight Bills laptop pings with an incoming email. It ’s from his wife Carrie, which is unusual and it has a picture att
Larry H
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
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If you’re looking for a thriller that reads like a movie, here’s one for you: T.J. Newman's upcoming debut thriller, Falling !

Are you a good flyer or a nervous flyer? If you are a white-knuckle flyer you’ll probably want to skip this one so it doesn’t give you something else to worry about when you get on a plane!

Captain Bill Hoffman is ready to fly 143 people from Los Angeles to NYC for Coastal Airways. He’s done his preflight checks and his favorite flight attendant, Jo, is in charge of the
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Falling has a simple but terrific premise. Bill, a pilot, prepares for his next flight to New York when he gets a Facetime from a stranger telling him that his wife and his children have been kidnapped. The only way to save them is by crashing the plane and killing everyone inside of it.

The reader is left completely in the dark at the start of the book while the antagonist slowly reveals more information about his motives and his hidden past. A classic dilemma with a hard decision. Will Bill eve
Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Well, I never would have thought that the contents of this book was what a flight attendant would think about while doing her job while flying around the skies. Falling though is the debut novel of T.J. Newman who has spent ten years working in the airline industry as a flight attendant and has written this fast paced insane ride during that time.

The book begins with Captain Bill Hoffman having a terrifying nightmare of his plane crashing only to awaken near his loving wife Carrie. Shaking off t
Montzalee Wittmann
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Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster

I want to thank the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this book!

There is so much tension and suspense in this book! You really feel that! A pilot's family is held hostage and the pilot is ordered to crash the plane or his family dies. The terrorists also have someone on board to monitor that he does what he says. He is suppose to do a list of things. The stewardess and pilot work together to try to solve issues and get through t
Andreas Tornberg
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow, that was a fun read and I can say that the hype is real. You will need to read this book.

Falling has one of the best beginnings I have ever read. Instantly you are drawn into the story and you realize that you almost are gasping for air when you understand what the protagonist of the book is facing 35 000 feet up in the air:

"You will crash your plane or I will kill your family. If you tell anyone, your family dies. The choice is yours."

Well buckle up and enjoy the flight...

Falling is fas
Kathi Defranc
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an Amazing,Non-Stop thriller with excitement that keeps you short of breath and on the edge of your seat from start to finish! The suspense and tension riding throughout the six hour airplane ride with the crew, pilot and eventually the passengers keeps you reading this debut novel from beginning to the wild ending!
149 passengers and crew are expecting an easy flight from LA to NYC,when the pilot, Bill, receives a phone call that takes his breath away...His wife and children are being hel
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hold onto your hat because this is an edge-of-your seat, unputdownable thrill ride of a book! The tension builds so quickly that my heart was in my throat the entire book. There are no stops and no pauses - just terror and anxiety throughout. Captain Bill Hoffman, airline pilot goes to work. Once in the air he finds out his wife and two children have been taken hostage. Bill is given a choice by the terrorist: Crash the plane with over 140 people on board, or save his family. This is an unimagin ...more
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, after reading this I’m glad I won’t be getting on a plane anytime soon! This is a terrific pulse-pounding, edge-of-your-seat thriller that successfully maintains that tension throughout the whole book.

Captain Bill Hoffman has no idea that his family has just been taken hostage as he embarks on cross-country flight from LAX to JFK. Their captor tells Bill he has two choices: 1: he can he can crash the plane and save his family; or 2: he can continue the flight, but his family will be murde
Renee (itsbooktalk)
May 03, 2021 rated it liked it
I'll say this premise is fantastic and the fact that the author wrote from experience with her job shined through and added that extra layer of authenticity. I will say I had super high expectations for this book as it's getting a lot of early buzz. I found the pacing to be good, I could relate to the characters, especially the main characters but the secondary flight attendant characters were memorable as well. By about the half way point I found myself starting to skim a little and I'm not su ...more
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Netgalley and Avid Reader Press for an advanced digital review copy of the thrilling novel Falling by T.J. Newman.

While I am sending thanks, I want to say a big thank you to the author herself. T.J.--This novel is what I have been waiting for and you wrote it better than I could have ever imagined. Being a flight attendant myself, I love how you she described the details and intricacies of flying and that lifestyle. As you know, that job and lifestyle is unlike anything els
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“All I want is to see what a good man— a good American man— does when he’s in a no-win situation. What does a man like you do when he has to choose. A plane full of strangers? Or your family? See, Bill, it really is about the choice. You. Choosing who will survive. That is what I want.”

Falling is the first novel by American author, T J Newman. Contact from his wife, soon after the take-off of Coastal Airways Flight 416, destination JFK airport, New York, brings a shock to veteran pilot Bill Hoff
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May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I Won this in a GR giveaway!
Loved this Book
Will keep you on the edge of your seat!
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
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This was an action packed, non stop thriller, made me feel kinda nostalgic for all the disaster films of the 70s although with updated security etc to bring it into this century.
Bill Hoffmann is a pilot on a flight from LA to New York, his family is taken hostage and he is told either his family dies or he crashes the plane, it’s his choice. The story moves between the plane, the family and the FBI, I found the characters believable and their actions seemed reasonable too although I thought mor
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Falling is a scintillating, high-octane debut thriller set at 35,000 feet and once it takes off there's no stopping the action-packed, thrill-laden plot. Captain Bill Hoffman of Coastal Airways has just taken off from Los Angeles airport en route to JFK in New York City with 149 passengers and crew on board when he receives a blank email from his wife, Carrie. Sent by the repairman who claimed he had come to fix a fault with the internet in their home that morning before Bill left, he discovers ...more
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Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication date: July 6, 2021

There are 143 passengers who board a plane bound for New York. The pilot, Bill, receives a cryptic message informing him to “crash the plane or his entire family will be killed”. Of course, Bill can’t tell anyone or notify anyone of the messages, and, to make matters worse, an accomplice is on board the plane, to ensure Bi
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I love a good thriller, and this one was no exception. For me it was one of those fast paced, unputdownable reads, that I had to stay up until the wee hours of the morning to finish, and read it in one sitting. I really enjoyed the pacing of this book. It was never dull for me, each chapter really pushed the story forward well.

One thing in particular that I thought the author did well was utilizing multiple points of view. I don't always enjoy multiple POV shifts but I thought the
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T. J. Newman, a former bookseller turned flight attendant, worked for Virgin America and Alaska Airlines from 2011 to 2021. FALLING is her first novel.

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