How-to Host a The Last Flight by Julie Clark Book-Club Party

How do you like a book that starts off with a bang? A page-turner? Yeah, me, too. I love thrillers that don’t waste any time, and they get right to it! Well, that’s what The Last Flight, will bring to yous. I had gotten this book in my July Sweet Reads box, and let me tell you, it doesn’t disappoint at all.

From the prologue, that attracts you, right up until the end. I knew Eva had a colourful background, she seemed a bit sketchy from the beginning. I just didn’t know how sketchy she is. Eva is a grifter, really. As for Claire, I grew to understand her more, and I had found her to be more relatable as a person, not for the situation she was going through.

These two women, as their stories un-ravel, you either like both characters, or you don’t. I personally, didn’t like Eva, which goes to show, how great of a writer Julie Clark is. Eva’s story, begins from six months ago, to the crash. As for Claire, her story remains in the present time. As she embarks on her new life, taking on Eva’s identity, she discovers Eva’s secrets that go along with it. I do like Claire. A victim of an abusive husband, desperate to get away and start anew.

The Last Flight is a fast-paced read, that you will not want to put down. There are twists, too, in this thriller.

Synopsis

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Two women. Two Flights. One last chance to disappear.

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 Last Flight is the story of two women ― both alone, both scared ― and one agonizing decision that will change the trajectory of both of their lives.

Book Club Questions

1. What do Claire and Eva have in common? In what ways are they different?

2. How do you feel about Eva’s decision to manipulate Claire?

3. Put yourself in Claire’s shoes. How would it feel knowing that you’ve traded your life for someone else’s? Would you feel guilty or fortunate? Why?

4. Describe the obstacles Claire faces once she escapes from Rory. Were there any difficulties that surprised you?

5. Compare Claire’s relationships with other women in the book, like Eva, Danielle, Petra and Kelly. Are any of these women similar? In what way?
 
6. Discuss Eva’s childhood. How does it affect how she behaves as an adult?

7. Identify some of the triggers Claire faces as a result of Rory’s abuse. How do you think she can overcome them?

8. Claire makes the difficult decision to go public with her story, knowing full well that she may be met with criticism and disbelief. Why did she make this decision? Would you have handled the situation differently?

9. Liz is the only person Eva allows to get close to her. Describe their friendship. Why is it important to Eva? What does it mean to her?

10. Eva faces several huge difficulties in her life. Do you think her drug dealing is justified, given her circumstances?

11. Characterize Eva’s relationship with Dex. Why does she feel betrayed when she learns the truth about him?

12. How did you feel after reading Eva’s final chapter? Do you think there was anything different she could have done?

13. What do you think Claire will do next with her life? Will she be happy?

Food & Drinks

Paper Plane

photo courtesy of liquor.com

Mile High Manhattan Cocktail

Maker's Mark Mile High Manhattan Whiskey Cocktail
photo courtesy of the spruceeats.com

Rocky Road Cupcakes

Have a blast at your The Last Flight book-club party! Enjoy!

Xo,
Stacey

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