ARC Review: Accidental Heroes by Danielle Steel

A decorated former Air Force pilot. A pregnant flight attendant. A dedicated TSA agent. The fates of these three, and many others, converge in Danielle Steel’s gripping new novel—a heart-stopping thriller that engages ordinary men and women in the fight of their lives during a flight from New York to San Francisco.

On a beautiful May morning at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, two planes have just departed for San Francisco—one a 757, another a smaller Airbus A321. At a security checkpoint, TSA agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge bearing an ambiguous—perhaps ominous—message. Her supervisor dismisses her concerns, but Bernice calls security and soon Ben Waterman arrives. A senior Homeland Security agent, still grappling with guilt after a disastrous operation in which hostages were killed, Ben too becomes suspicious. Who left the postcard behind, which flight is that person on, and what exactly does the message mean?

As Ben scans the passenger manifests, his focus turns to the A321, with Helen Smith as its senior pilot. Helen’s military service and her tenure with the airline have been exemplary. But her husband’s savage death in Iraq was more than anyone should bear, leaving her widowed with three children. A major film star is on board. So is an off-duty pilot who has just lost his forty-year career. So is a distraught father, traveling with the baby son he has abducted from his estranged wife. Sifting through data and relying on instinct, Ben becomes convinced that someone on Helen’s plane is planning something terrible. And he’s right. Passengers, crew, and experts on the ground become heroes out of necessity to try to avert tragedy at the eleventh hour.

In her stunning novel, Danielle Steel combines intense action with stories of emotionally rich, intertwined lives. As the jet bears down on its destination of San Francisco, strangers are united, desperate choices are made, and futures will be changed forever by a handful of accidental heroes.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Physical copy of the book by Pan Macmillan India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Danielle Steel writes some amazing stories that have the effect of taking the reader into the lives of the characters and investing themselves into it. 

Accidental Heroes is one such story – this story about a diverse set of characters; ordinary human beings going about normal day – to – day lives. Each character has his/her own story; their own nervousness, excitements, anxieties and worries. But one fateful day their lives intersect in ways that would define how they view themselves for the rest of their lives.

I loved that we got POVs from different characters involved in this story – it should have been difficult to keep the characters straight in my mind; but with the simple writing style of the author, it was not only easy but also quite easy to be invested in the characters’ lives.

The first part of the book laid the foundation to the characters’ lives; the characters who would play a pivotal role in the one day while the middle portion of the book deals with a fast paced climax that will keep you on the edge of the seat.

But the best part of the book is that the author has done a brilliant job of detailing the aftermath of the climax – the fact that this book didn’t end at the climax – she showed a look into the lives of the characters whose lives were forever changed by the events of that one day and the lessons they learnt & how they applied them to their future.

I definitely recommend this book if you would need a light read that you can invest yourself into for a couple of hours.  

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


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