T.J. Newman

Publisher’s Synopsis

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.

Book Review

Falling is an incredible debut novel by T.J. Newman about a pilot given the choice between crashing a commercial flight or saving his family. But it is also about so much more – the decisions people make and our responsibility to one another.

After reading Falling, it is hard to believe Newman is not a seasoned thriller writer. The story dives right in and takes place over one day. Initially my heart was not racing, but it was nice to have the pace build as the story progressed and become high action. One of the things I loved about this book is how easily I was invested in both the story and the characters. You even felt for the villain(s). It was also refreshing to read a thriller where characters do not anger you for making dumb mistakes or choices. Instead, I was cheering for the characters and ended up crying over the goodness of people. You cannot say that much when reading books, particularly not thrillers.

If you are thinking about watching Manifest, skip it and read Falling instead. It is so much more satisfying, not to mention better written. Falling is unlike any thriller I have read before in the best possible way. It has already been optioned for a movie that I am excited to watch! It is one of those books that will translate so well to screen. Also of note: T.J. Newman was a flight attendant so the accuracy in this book is 👌.

Falling will have you filled with suspense and caught up in the action until the very end. If you are going to pick this book up, I suggest leaving enough time to read it in one sitting. It is definitely one of the top thrillers I have read so far this year.

Overall, I loved Falling and highly recommend it. Please read it so I have someone to discuss it with!


Overall Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Character Development

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.



Mysteries & Thrillers

Publication Date
July 6, 2021


Storygraph Rating
3.77 stars

Goodreads Rating
3.92 stars

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