Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Julie Clark grew up reading books on the beach while everyone else surfed. After attending college at University of the Pacific, she returned home to Santa Monica to teach. She now lives there with her two young sons and a golden doodle with poor impulse control. Her debut novel, The Ones We Choose, was published in 2018, and has been optioned for television by Lionsgate.
BOOK OF THE MONTH
The Last Flight: A Novel is Bookclubz' Book of the Month.
Use these discussion questions to guide your next meeting.
ABOUT THE BOOK
People go missing every day…but most don’t vanish into thin air
Claire Cook has a perfect life. Married to the scion of a political dynasty, with a Manhattan townhouse and a staff of ten, her surroundings are elegant, her days flawlessly choreographed, and her future auspicious. But behind closed doors, nothing is quite as it seems. That perfect husband has a temper that burns as bright as his promising political career, and he’s not above using his staff to track Claire’s every move, making sure she’s living up to his impossible standards. But what he doesn’t know is that Claire has worked for months on a plan to vanish.
A chance meeting in an airport bar brings her together with a woman whose circumstances seem equally dire. Together they make a last-minute decision to switch tickets – Claire taking Eva’s flight to Oakland, and Eva traveling to Puerto Rico as Claire. They believe the swap will give each of them the head start they need to begin again somewhere far away. But when the flight to Puerto Rico goes down, Claire realizes it’s no longer a head start but a new life. Cut off, out of options, with the news of her death about to explode in the media, Claire will assume Eva’s identity, and along with it, the secrets Eva fought so hard to keep hidden.
THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
What do Claire and Eva have in common? In what ways are they different?
How do you feel about Eva’s decision to manipulate Claire?
Put yourself in Claire’s shows. How would it feel knowing you’ve traded your life for someone else’s? Would you feel guilty or fortunate? Why?
The Last Flight: A Novel
“Haunting, vulnerable… chilling.” —AIMEE MOLLOY, New York Times bestselling author
“More twists than an amusement park rollercoaster!” —JANELLE BROWN, New York Times bestselling author
“You’ll race through the pages to the novel’s chilling end. A must-read of the summer!” —KAIRA ROUDA, international bestselling author
“Pulse-pounding.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“The perfect combination of beautiful prose and high suspense, and an ending that I guarantee will catch you off guard.” —Kimberly Belle, international bestselling author
“A tense and engaging womancentric thriller.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“Highly recommended.” —Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
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