Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Due Preparations for the Plague | Janette Turner Hospital

What an incredible read! This author is the best discovery of the year for me, her work so well crafted and her stories draw me in and keep me engaged.

This novel is like a circular vortex, a slowly turning whirlpool which centres around one event, the highjacking of Flight 64. We move around this slowly twisting plot, nothing is as it seems.  I have enjoyed other circular rather than linear telling of stories and this one is one of the best.

The hijacking of Air France flight 64 took place twenty years before the start of the novel. We meet some of the survivors, they are the children on the flight who were released after a few days on board. They are now haunted adults, full of survivors guilt. They are slowly dying.

The story then twists around the plot of the flight. We hear from the hijacker, from the adults on board, the secret agents, the government officials and read classified documents about the incident.

We start to notice coincidences, like something you see out of the corner of your eye as you move around the story, nothing confirmed, but a suspicion about what actually happened on the flight...were the passengers actually chosen? assigned to the flight, to die?

This is a great book, you will find yourself abandoning your daily duties just to read more!

I rate this author highly, check out Orpheus Lost, another great story.

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