How does Kristin Hannah do it? I start one of her books and I think “this is okay”, then I get a few chapters in and I’m hooked. It happens every time! Fly Away is the third book I’ve read by Kristin Hannah and I got through it in a day. It just totally drew me in and I had to keep on reading. And like The Nightingale and The Great Alone, this book also made me teary. Kristin Hannah just knows how to play on all my emotions.
Fly Away is a story about friendship, family, forgiveness and grief. It’s told from the perspectives of various characters. Tully Hart is a celebrity news reporter in her fifties whose career is at an end thanks to alcohol and prescription drugs. Her downward spiral started with the death of her best friend of more than thirty years, Kate Ryan. Kate’s daughter Marah can’t cope with the death of her mother and finds escape from grief by running away from college with an inappropriate boyfriend. Marah’s dad Johnny is trying to do his best for his three kids following his wife’s death but somehow he can’t reach his daughter and he also turns his back on his wife’s best friend. Then there’s Tully’s mother, Cloud, a recovering alcoholic and addict who has never been a proper mother to Tully. Will her daughter ever forgive her for not being there?
As you can tell from my description, this book is quite heavy and emotional. No one is in a good way and everyone has their own problems to deal with so aren’t really there for each other. The story of Tully’s mother, Cloud, is the most heartbreaking of all the stories. I don’t want to give anything away so won’t say much more. Only that I really enjoyed this book and that Kristin Hannah is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.
The only annoying thing about this book was that I didn’t realise it’s a sequel to another one of Kristin Hannah’s books called Firefly Lane. The publisher didn’t make it clear anywhere on the book that this was book two which I found misleading. Don’t you hate when that happens? But I honestly don’t think this matters too much and this was fine as a stand-alone book. It just means that if I read the first book I guess I will know what happens in some of the story line.
Verdict: Another powerful, emotional read from a fantastic author.
Have you read any books by Kristin Hannah? What did you think?