Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams
A suspenseful novel about a lost pilot and a war time photographer
Told in alternating timelines and from dual viewpoints, this suspenseful novel tells the remarkable story of a lost pilot and a photojournalist.
Janey Everett is a photojournalist in 1947, on a mission to uncover the deepest secrets of aviator Sam Mallory so that she can write a biography on the captivating pilot. Janey tracks down the woman she believes will be her greatest source of information for the biography - a woman named Irene who was once well acquainted with Mallory and who supposedly disappeared after her own plane crashed.
Irene Foster meets Sam Mallory in 1928, on a California beach and her life takes a turn she never could have imagined. Joining the ranks of female pilots, Irene's life becomes something extraordinary with many exciting and emotional moments.
As Irene shares her deepest secrets and life story with Janey, Janey's own past is revealed in a tantalizing display of twisted half-truths. The women are faced with deciding who does Mallory's story belong to, how much of the truth should be revealed and who deserves to hear that truth?
My thoughts/feelings: This is another book with a dedication that I loved. Before I became a book reviewer/blogger, I can't remember if I paid much attention to the dedications in books. But now, I do. And they are often very sweet and endearing.
I adored the writing style of this book. The voice of the characters was brilliant and made me feel like I was right there with them. I did predict one of the major twists, but that didn't take away from any of the enjoyment I felt as I read this story.
I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I didn't realize this was BASED ON AMELIA EARHART until I read the acknowledgments at the end of the book! George Morrow is based on her husband George Palmer Putnam and mixed with Beatriz’ own publisher William Morrow!!
"Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth." -Albert Camus (Epigraph)
"You never do find what you're not looking for..."
"The thing about war, if you've been in one, you never really leave it, even when it's all over and everybody goes home."
"She, Irene. An airplane's not an it."
"But why female?"
"Aw, now. I'm not walking into that one, believe me. Let's just say it's because a pilot falls a little in love with his airplane, after a while."
"What a way life has of connecting you by invisible threads with other human beings."
"You cannot call back those you have lost, however much your bones ache with missing them, however giant and mysterious the holes they leave behind."
"But that's the last thing you want to hear about something you love. It doesn't matter if it's had a long life or a happy life; there's never enough life."
Thank you to NetGalley, HarperCollins/William Morrow and Beatriz Williams for the advanced copy of Her Last Flight in exchange for my honest review.