Getting’ off the rock? Pick up some ‘in-flight entertainment’

A close up of several book covers

What is it about airports and planes that creates such mystery and intrigue? Check out three bestselling thrillers that will have you ready for takeoff.

By David Bell

Joshua Fields is a handsome twenty-something, diligently working with his father in a thriving commercial real estate business. He travels frequently, enjoys his on-again off-again girlfriend and up until recently led a somewhat predictable life. While waiting for a flight to Tampa, Joshua bumps into a lovely woman in the gift shop. At the airport bar they enjoy instant chemistry and she passionately kisses him goodbye. In a flash, the beautiful Morgan is gone. Moments later, still thrumming from the kiss, Joshua glances at a television screen, and Morgan’s face is on a missing persons alert. He ditches his flight and dives head-first into a deeply twisted mystery to try and save this damsel in distress. Joshua, the handsome knight, is determined to rescue the girl — unless the mystery kisser doesn’t need saving. There is only one way to find out.


Before the Fall
By Noah Hawley

Artist Scott Burroughs has finally turned his life around. He stopped drinking and started to focus on painting in his quiet Martha’s Vineyard studio. As luck would have it, an acquaintance named Maggie offers him a ride on her private jet so he can quickly attend some very promising gallery meetings in the city. The luxurious plane does not make it to its nearby destination. What should have been a 29-minute flight descends into the deep dark ocean. The only survivors are Scott and a 4-year-old boy he rescues. Some believe he is an incredibly brave hero; others refuse to accept this was a mere accident. Delving into the lives of each passenger on that fateful day, Scott discovers the truth about his art and the delicate connection he has created with this young boy. Perfect for your carry-on, if you dare. 


The Flight Attendant
By Chris Bohjalian

Cassie has been flying the friendly skies since finishing college as a way to escape a small Kentucky life, the loss of her parents and guilt over her younger sister being placed in foster care. Sadly, the beautiful Cassie is a functioning alcoholic and as the years quickly pass, the forgotten nights and strange hotels aren’t as sexy as they once were. On a coveted flight to Dubai a very handsome younger man is in her section. When they land she agrees to dinner and ends up in his bed. In the morning he is not moving, there is blood everywhere and Cassie remembers nothing. At that moment Cassie has quick decisions to make that will change the trajectory of her life forever. Like spies or actors, binge drinkers can be superb liars, expertly filling in the many blank spaces of their lives. The story snowballs to front page news involving the FBI, CIA, the Union and her lawyer. Heart-thumping suspense makes for an unexpected landing.

— Karen Newfield is first and foremost a reader, she has reviewed hundreds of books on her blog And, more recently, this new Keys resident has also begun writing.

Karen Newfield is first and foremost a reader, she has reviewed hundreds of books on her blog And, more recently, this new Keys resident has also begun writing.