Good thriller. Claire is married to wealthy philanthropist Rory Clark. On the surface they appear to be the perfect power couple, but behind the scenes he is manipulative and abusive. She schemes to leave him but last minute changes leave her scrambling for Plan B. She meets Eva at the airport and they switch planes and purses. Now instead of heading to Puerto Rico for a fundraiser she is traveling as Eva to Oakland. But she gets off the plan and learns the flight to Puerto Rico crashed with all passengers dead. So she moves into Eva's house and tries to figure out her next step. She is racing to do this because as the NTSB investigates they find her seat was empty . . . and her husband figures out she is still alive and is searching for her. She is trying to stay one step ahead of him. In alternating chapters we learn Eva's story leading up to the switch at the airport and what she was running from. I liked Claire's character so much more which is understandable since Eva was a criminal. I did feel sympathy for her because of her difficult childhood but that didn't justify her adult choices. I did like that both women were strong and feisty and all of the supporting female characters were also strong women. I did not feel like the Me Too movement was shoved in your face the way some of the amazon reviewers mentioned. Overall it was a good story with good twists and an ending where there was justice served.
Excellent roller coaster twisty ride that kept me reading in the wee hours of the night until finished.
The plot has been done before; two women running from their life meet in an airport and switch tickets. One of the planes crashes; the story of the women was well developed and kept me at the edge of my seat as secrets and lies were confronted.
I thought this started out to be a winner but after they make the switch of ID's, it seems from that point it just went downhill, that's when it started backtracking into their lives and lies but yet it just seemed too long and drawn out without much of a thriller to it
Two women. Two flights. One last chance to disappear.
Claire Cook has a perfect life. Married to the scion of a political dynasty, with a Manhattan townhouse and a staff of ten, her surroundings are elegant, her days flawlessly choreographed, and her future auspicious. But behind closed doors, nothing is quite as it seems. That perfect husband has a temper that burns as bright as his promising political career, and he's not above using his staff to track Claire's every move, making sure she's living up to his impossible standards. But what he doesn't know is that Claire has worked for months on a plan to vanish.
A chance meeting in an airport bar brings her together with a woman whose circumstances seem equally dire. Together they make a last-minute decision to switch tickets--Claire taking Eva's flight to Oakland, and Eva traveling to Puerto Rico as Claire. They believe the swap will give each of them the head start they need to begin again somewhere far away. But when the flight to Puerto Rico goes down, Claire realizes it's no longer a head start but a new life. Cut off, out of options, with the news of her death about to explode in the media, Claire will assume Eva's identity, and along with it, the secrets Eva fought so hard to keep hidden.
This was a highly suspenseful book. A bit like Strangers on the Train where they switch places to kill someone. In this book, they switch plane seats and one goes to Puerto Rico and the other one California. A couple of great twists kept me reading until the very end. The book had two POV's switching chapters between Claire and Eva. I found Claire's chapters to be much better than Eva's. I'm looking forward to the next Julie Clark book. If you like books that are thrillers with suspense then you will love this book.