First class is about to get dangerous . . . Pure Air’s new LuxeLiner is flying from London to LA – its inaugural journey – with a first-class cabin packed with A List celebrities. As the feuding crew compete to impress their famous passengers, the handsome pilot tries to win the attention of a pretty young stewardess.
But one VIP singer is battling something seriously sinister: watching her every step is a very determined stalker, someone who will go to any lengths to get the star to satisfy their desires. At thirty thousand feet there is nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide . . .
*Copy provided by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
If I’m not mistaken, ‘Mile High’ is Rebecca Chance’s 8th book, however the first one by her I’ve read. I have four of her previous books at home which I bought on friends’ recommendation and for the gorgeous covers (yes, I’m a sucker for a gorgeous cover), but I never got around to reading them. So, when I got the opportunity to read this one for her blog tour, I jumped at the chance (excuse the pun). I was about time I check her writing and see why they compare her to Jackie Collins and put at her books at the very top in bonkbusters section.
I’m glad I gave the book a fair chance and discovered a new author, however I can’t say it was totally my cup of tea. The plot is mainly set on Pure Air’s new LuxeLiner, with 388 people on board, some VIPs and one very obsessed stalker. We get a glimpse of what it feels to be on such a luxurious flight and we see hierarchy not only in the people on board but among the crew too. I honestly had no idea there was such a rivalry between crew members, depending whether they work in economy or business flights. I really enjoyed the beginning, when LuxeLiner is ready to take off on the 10 hours journey to LA arriving exactly on midnight, with all these scenes where Oscar nominees and famous pop star and sneaked into the plane through secret passages. To a certain extent I even enjoyed meeting the crew members and the eccentric owner, however they all were too bitchy for me to like. Some of them, like the head of the crew, seemed professional but way too cold and bitchy for me. The only character which stood out for me was Catalina, the famous pop star which we follow back before the flight when she was on a tour and had the first encounter with her stalker. But speaking of the stalker, I really didn’t find the mystery part so gripping our intense and could see pretty early on who this stalker is.
The very long chapters didn’t help either, I felt there was too much narration and too little dialogue and the pacing was very slow. I’m glad I read this book and I’m not easily giving up on this author, as I’ve heard her previous novels are much better. But if you’re new to Rebecca’s writing, maybe it’s better to read some of them and leave this one for later, or if you’re into bonkbusters I wholeheartedly recommend ‘Scandalous Lies’ by Nigel May.
Though the writing wasn’t bad, it didn’t keep my attention either, and unfortunately I can’t recommend this book to you. Maybe if the characters were less bitchy or the chapters shorter and the mystery element thought out better, maybe then I would enjoy it more. The cover is gorgeous and unlike her previous novels which have sparkly heels on the cover, this one is darker and more fun. For many reasons, I feel like Ms Chance stepped out of her comfort zone with this book, and that’s why I feel sad for not enjoying it that much, but that won’t stop me from reading her previous novels which come highly praised by my friends.
My rating: 5/10