“He’s trying to explain why the sky is inside him. If they mined down into his soul, they would find wings. The sky runs through him, into places of himself he still hasn’t mapped. A calling, perhaps, the way a priest is called, or like the great passion of lovers … The airplane expanded the human imagination, Took us into places that we’d only dreamed about since we first stood erect and told stories. Radford has been more faithful to the sky than to anyone or anything he’s ever loved.”
I picked this story up expecting thriller but what I got was a real page turner about the meaning of life and the importance of fulfillment. The book is about plane crash… And there are lots of graphic details about the crash and its aftermath. But the book is actually about two people who’s unfulfilled lives are brought together by the crash.
Charlie is a plane crash investigator who is obsessed with flying. All of the passages about him and his love for the sky enraptured me. As someone who loves to fly I got right in his head and loved the prose about flying. I also really liked that his drive to be successful and find the truth was tempered by his humanity and growing emotions about the people around him.
Erin, to me is a wholly unlikable character and while I understood need need for her in the story… I just did not understand her life choices. But they need for me to understand how these two characters fit together and what happened in the plane crash kept me turning the pages.
The ending was not what I hoped for… But I enjoyed the journey. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Thanks to Algonquin books for a copy of this novel. All opinions above are my own.
This photo was not the one that I planned for this book… But as I was trying to take a photo a pair of cardinals were trying to get me out of their yard. And when I went to review the photos actually thought it was a really funny photo to have about a woman who falls from the sky. So there you have it! 🤷🏻♀️ Do you ever find yourself with a different photo than you intended?