Hello May! April flew by and I read some very entertaining books, but have been distracted from writing about those by the Grishaverse books by Leigh Bardugo! But more about those later. 😀 This time I’ll use my time to write about our latest bookclub pick: Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams.
Interestingly we were voting for a mystery book to read from different subgenres and Her Last Flight got picked. Not the most traditional mystery book with murders and detectives, but a fascinating historical book with a mystery at the center. The book is about two (fictional) famous aviators and the story behind their disappearance.
This was my suggestion for the bookclub voting, so I knew I’d likely enjoy reading this historical romance/mystery. Hopefully the others enjoyed it too! We shall see in the next bookclub meeting. 🙂
Her Last Flight has two timelines we get to follow. In the older timeline in 1920s we follow superior aviators Sam Mallory and Irene Foster as they pair up to fly together, complete different flying challenges and build up a relationship of friendship and love. In the second timeline in 1940s we follow photo journalist Janey as she follows the leads to find out what happened to Sam and Irene after they disappeared. The mystery starts with finding a body inside a crashed plane in the middle of a Spanish desert. After that we get glimpses of the past and the present through Irene’s and Janey’s perspective and the mystery becomes more of a tangle of relationships.
While the mystery around the relationship and disappearance of Irene and Sam was interesting, it was a little bit predictable. I guessed some of the bigger plot twists quite early so it wasn’t really about the mystery for me. To me the most enjoyable aspects were the details of aviation and what it took to make modern day flying possible. I can’t really say much more about the plot or the characters without spoiling the details of the mystery. 🙂
The book is loosely inspired by Amelia Earhart, and it feels like the research for aviation was made well. Or at least to someone like me who wouldn’t know the real details, I didn’t pick up any oddities about flying or the airplanes. Something that might feel off is that Janey’s character seemed very modern and that might bother some. Personally I did enjoy having strong women characters like Irene and Janey who do what they want with their lives no matter what. Always happy to have a feminist angle in historical novels too!
I did enjoy Her Last Flight, but was it an amazing read? Maybe not so much, as it was quite predictable, and the start was very slow at times. Would I read more from Beatriz Williams? Yes, I think I will since I do enjoy historical novels that focus on interesting women and that seems to be her preference too. 🙂
Her last flight fills these prompts from the two Reading Challenges I’m doing this year:
A book featuring travel through time (Helmet Reading Challenge)
A genre hybrid (Popsugar Reading Challenge)