Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates… A tragic accident or a terrible crime? When Flight 189 plunges into the Severn Estuary, Coroner Jenny Cooper finds herself handling the case of a lone sailor whose boat appears to have been sunk by the stricken plane, and drawn into the mysterious fate of a ten year-old girl, Amy Patterson, a passenger on 189, whose largely unmarked body is washed up alongside his.
While a massive and highly secretive operation is launched to recover clues from the wreckage, Jenny begins to ask questions the official investigation doesn’t want answered. How could such a high tech plane – virtually impregnable against human error – fail? What linked the high powered passengers who found themselves on this ill-fated flight? And how did Amy Patterson survive the crash, only to perish hours later? Under pressure from Amy’s grieving mother, and opposed by those at the very highest levels of government, Jenny must race against time to seek the truth behind this terrible disaster, before it can happen again…
©2012 M. R. Hall (P)2013 Pan Macmillan
An avid listener of fiction, it almost makes the long journey to work worth it.
I'd probably try another
Add more gritty content
Excellent English accents!
No, the story didnt really have any where to go to
This is not a book to read on an airplane -- in terms of 'airline disaster' books, this is right up there with John Nance's "Turbulence" or Nelson DeMille's "Mayday". Excellent, just excellent -- not told from a passenger's point of view, but rather from the standpoint of the coroner, in this case, the intrepid Jenny Cooper, a clear candidate for the world's "human being most likely to lose her job" award. Not that she should lose her job -- just that she manages, as always, to get the world's most powerful people clamoring for her head. Attached to her body or not.
Through a complicated situation, Jenny Cooper finds it necessary to find out why Flight 189 plunged into the Severn Estuary killing everyone on board, plus at least one (part of the plot) on the ground. Although technically barred from investigating the cause of the crash itself -- something the Powers That Be most definitely do NOT want investigated -- Jenny edges into the investigation because the body of a young girl who was on the flight washes up into her territory. It's a battle royal, not only to find out what made the plane crash, but for Jenny to stay alive while she does it. After all, hundreds of people are already dead. What's one more?
If you haven't read the M. R. Hall series, of which this is the 4th book, you've got a treat in store. The tension just doesn't let up -- but what's even more interesting in this book was the amount of technical information included along the way. I'm not an engineer -- still can't quite believe how anything that big can fly -- but there are several testimonials from people who do know such things that M. R. Hall -- a male author who hails from Wales -- did a lot of research, and they say what Hall describes is perfectly possible even if highly unlikely. I thought all the airline trivia details were fascinating -- not just of the crash itself, but of how airline companies work, what pressures the employees are under, and how the whole airline culture functions.
Of course there's a human element, too -- the scenes with Jenny's dying father, with whom she was never close, ring true, as does her interaction with her seriously difficult secretary Allison. I suspect that many of us have had to deal with an "Allison". Mine was named Pauline, and some of the interaction between Jenny and her moody and obnoxious staffer made me laugh at some of my own difficult situations all over again.
I really love this series, and am astonished when I hear people say, "M. R. Hall" Who's that?" Hall is a top notch author who deserves to be at the top of everyone's list -- just don't bring this one on an airplane if you know what's good for you.
Not really, due to the reader
ANY man with an American accent. She probably is perfect for European listeners, but in America we need a Scott Brick.
Perhaps its me, but my American ears have trouble following a pronounced British accent. The only way I can follow the narration is to concentrate absolutely, to the exclusion of anything else. Since I normally do my work (I'm a bookbinder) while listening, I often lose the story and have to back track. In addition, her different voices are so close that I lose track of who is talking. Finally is my admitedly prejudiced opinion that women can't do men's voices (women, feel free to boo). Men have no trouble doing women's voices, but women seem to either growl or as in this case, don't even bother to make it distinct. Miss Thomas is probably charming and competent, but she has a limited range of distinct voices and all come out sounding the same.
"Imaginative and innovative"
This is an excellent book, I have never read or listened to anything else by this author but I will be looking out for more books for sure.
She reads well and gives good characterisation to the plot.
Not really but it did make me wonder if I ever want to fly again!
If you are looking for something a bit different, give this a try.
"Didn't really engage with the characters"
It's unlikely that I'd try another book by this author, I've tried two now & with both the books I've struggled to connect.....these were books that I could put down.
Mrs Cooper disobeying the rules is entertaining, but at the same time her actions are unbelievable.....an English coroner investigating like a private detective??? Alison in a bad mood all the time, why would you not just sack her?
Ooooer.... very scary for someone like me who is a very nervous flier and has to fly a lot. I found it very gripping, so much so that I cleaned my house from top to bottom so as to be able to listen longer. The reader is excellent.
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