On my blog today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the new novel by T J Newman, Drowning. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.
Six minutes after takeoff, Flight 1421 crashes into the Pacific Ocean. During the evacuation, an engine explodes and the plane is flooded. Those still alive are forced to close the doors—but it’s too late. The plane sinks to the bottom with twelve passengers trapped inside.
More than two hundred feet below the surface, engineer Will Kent and his eleven-year-old daughter Shannon are waist-deep in water and fighting for their lives.
Their only chance at survival is an elite rescue team on the surface led by professional diver Chris Kent – Shannon’s mother and Will’s soon-to-be ex-wife – who must work together with Will to find a way to save their daughter and rescue the passengers from the sealed airplane, which is now teetering on the edge of an undersea cliff.
There’s not much time.
There’s even less air.
With devastating emotional power and heart-stopping suspense, Drowning is an unforgettable thriller about a family’s desperate fight to save themselves and the people trapped with them – against impossible odds.
Drowning by T J Newman reads like a Hollywood movie. I’m a huge fan of disaster films and thrillers, so this novel definitely ticked all the boxes for me. I’ve heard really good things about her debut novel, which is on my TBR pile, so I will definitely be reading her first book now, after finishing her second, which I flew through at top speed. I can remember how terrified of flying I used to be when I was young. I was fine once we were up in the air, but I hated take off, and I always panicked whenever we hit turbulence, but I am much better now. In the opening of this book, there is an emergency on a passenger flight, and the plane is forced to nose dive into the ocean, so perhaps I wouldn’t recommend reading this one during a flight, but to wait until you’re safely on the ground.
Following the dramatic opening, the plot of T J Newman’s new thriller focuses on the rescue mission. I could really sense that the people charged with rescuing the survivors of the crash were running out of time, particularly, as there are people trapped inside the wreckage of the plane once it sinks beneath the waves. The remaining passengers still on board also have a limited amount of oxygen supply left, which adds to the tension. I have no idea how I would react in such a situation. I’m pretty sure there is no way I would be able to remain calm, particularly if I had to take instructions from people on the surface who were trying to rescue me.
T J Newman also brilliantly delves into the character’s backstories who are among the survivors of the crash. There are some heartbreaking reveals about what has been going on in some of the survivor’s family lives prior to the flight, particularly with one couple who have been dealing with the loss of their daughter.
Drowning is a pacy read that kept me turning the pages. If you’re looking for the perfect thriller to take away with you on holiday this summer, then you definitely need to pick this book up.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date: 8th June 2023
Print length: 320 pages
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