Rating: 5/5 all the way!!
“Time is luck. You grab it. You hold on tight. And you be there. You have to be there for it. It’s going, with or without you. And no one knows for how long. No one knows.”
Growing up, I was fascinated by disaster movies. They terrified me, but I could not look away. I vividly remember sitting on my grandparents’ couch on warm summer days, watching those movies with my eyes wide open and jaw on the floor.
Drowning by T.J. Newman invoked similar feelings in me as the disaster movies I watched growing up. And to be honest, it pulled my heartstrings and terrified me even more because plane crashes and water landings do not seem as far-fetched as some disaster movies. Drowning is a book that stays with you for a while. It is gripping, suspenseful, jaw-dropping, and immensely well-written. But I 100% do not want to fly over water anytime soon!
I do not remember the last time a book gripped me quite like this one did. I had to put it down several times because my heart was racing. That said, I still read it in one night because I couldn’t look away. There are a lot of characters to keep track of throughout the book, but it’s not overwhelming. Knowing who everyone was tugged at my heartstrings more because I cared about what happened to them and was invested in the story.
Also, I think it is incredibly badass that the author, T.J. Newman, was a flight attendant in the past and is now a best-selling author. Additionally, it is amazing to see a woman write a disaster book. I feel like you see a lot of men in this space, so it is refreshing to read a disaster book written by a woman. How cool!
If you have flying anxiety and are flying soon, you might want to wait before reading this book. Otherwise, buckle up and read one of my favorite books of the year.
I will end by saying that this book NEEDS TO BE A MOVIE! I would buy a ticket in a heartbeat.