Top positive review
Thought provoking and atmospheric...
Reviewed in Australia on 24 March 2018
‘Flight’ is a story of friendship, family, abandonment…. and secrets. Isabel Ashdown writes about relationships with great insight addressing themes of close friendship, romantic love, betrayal through the complex relationship between her three central characters. In particular, she explores motherhood.
The intriguing opening to ‘Flight’, is an irresistible hook – the night of the very first National Lottery draw in England. Wren watches the draw on the couch as she feeds her six-month-old baby, Phoebe. Her husband, Rob, sitting with her is enjoying a glass of red wine and disappointed his numbers weren’t drawn. Wren sits quietly, ‘frozen in position’ as she has her own lottery ticket – a ticket Rob knows nothing about – and her numbers have just come up...
Told in the separate voices of the main characters, Rob, Laura and Wren and narrated over many years, this is a book that hooked me in from page one and had me frantically swiping my kindle as the story unfolded with unexpected twists and raw emotion.
Isabel Ashdown has created a complex web of relationships featuring these three characters. I enjoyed reading ‘Flight’ but it is a sad book. There are no light moments so don't read expecting to be uplifted, however it is thought provoking and atmospheric.