Falling by T.J. Newman

“If you tell anyone," he continued, " your family dies. If you send anyone to the house, your family dies. Switching the detonator to his other hand, he reiterated, "It's simple. Crash your plane, or I kill your family. The choice is yours.”


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.


Holy smokes. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome aboard T.J. Newman's completely addictive and absolutely thrilling debut novel. You might want to fasten your seatbelts and hold on for dear life, because this book is just one wild and turbulent rollercoaster that just keeps on climbing. 

Falling throws the reader directly into the fire on the opening pages, and as everything is being sucked out of flight 416 at 35,000 feet, I was being sucked right into the pages. There was no turning back once I opened this book.

Not for the faint of heart, Falling was a fantastic suspenseful thriller that just kept on building as the story developed. The adrenaline within me increased with each turn of the page, and at the end of each chapter, Newman leaves the reader with a line and drives them to the next.

Thriller isn't a genre I typically review, but this one was phenomenal, keeping me well up into the night, and staying with me as my head hit the pillow, Newman's prose playing on my mind as I was falling, falling, falling, into a deep sleep. 

T.J. took me on one heck of a ride in Falling, the book holding me well within its grips from beginning to end. I read most of it with goosebumps forming on my skin and butterflies fluttering in my stomach. Newman manages to capture the essence of each character and their surroundings, painting an extremely accurate picture of what's happening, with each detail thoughtfully constructed and put into play. 

Looking for something to get your pulse racing? Falling is the next book for you. It was bloody brilliant. 

T. J. Newman
, a former bookseller turned flight attendant, worked for Virgin America and Alaska Airlines from 2011 to 2021. She wrote much of Falling on cross-country red-eye flights while her passengers were asleep. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Falling is her first novel.

Falling is available to purchase in hard copy format from Indigo and in e-book or audiobook format from Kobo. Check Simon & Schuster for additional retailers. 

Thank you Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster Canada for this gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.