This is , as billed, a high concept thriller but it is much more than that as well. It is also a cracking horror story with more than a touch of classic Stephen King about it.
It has a most unusual structure being written from the perspective of a journalist who is writing a book about a series of plane crashes which take place. These happen in 4 different countries but all at the same time on the same day.
There are 3 survivors,one from each of three of the crashes but from the fourth no-one survives. The survivors are all children and that is where a whole pile of conspiracy theories start to develop.
Where this book works best is in its exploration of the impact of the survivors on the families who remain to look after them.
Where it doesn’t work quite so well is in the fact that so much more could have been written about each child/family relationship and it felt as if the author had loads of really good ideas for books and decided to put them all into one book. There was masses of scope to expand on each aspect and for me the slight failing of the book to do this and get to the end was marginally disappointing.
That said, despite the headlong rush to the end, I did feel that it was a proper story and not, as is a common book issue these days, an expanded ‘film treatment’.
It was certainly compelling to read and I would be more than happy to read more by this author.