Mile High (Windy City Series Book 1)
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This was a very interesting read. It's my first ever Rebecca Chance, and I know she's super popular with other readers and I can sort of see why. Mile High is a ridiculously long read (it took me 6 hours, or thereabouts) and for the most part it kept me gripped throughout. I did want a little bit more action- when you're promised a ten-hour flight and a stalker who's desperate to get what they want, you kind of expect a lot more action and tension. But we actually rarely heard from the stalker, which made me sad. If we'd go to know their thought processes a bit more, it would have ratcheted up the tension hugely. I actually had no idea who the stalker was, and I changed my mind more times than I care to admit over who I thought it was.
I love Rebecca Chance and I always look forward to reading her books. I have read most of her work by this point. According to "Mile High," it is not the Mafia that is moving into business; Condon's thesis is that the Mafia was the tool of "legitimate" business from the beginning, that the heroin pumped into our children's arms has been sent there by respectable American businessmen....At first, I really wanted to fly Pure Air, but I don’t think I’m that brave! In fact, I think it may have made me a little nervous of ever getting on a plane again! Although I think I’m more likely to bump into Angela than Lucinda!
The book dragged a lot in the middle and a lot of the information could have been skipped as it was pretty irrelevant and made for a longer read than it needed to be. Even though Rebecca Chance's writing was engaging, the chapters felt too long and I tend to not enjoy books with longer chapters that much. I prefer shorter chapters. Condon just cannot be all bad, try as he will. Mile High contains at least one phrase that will outlast the century. Someone's face is described as resembling "a fish cake with a mustache." Condon should discard the rest of the book and rebuild on this foundation. But the stalker story line is not the only one going on during this flight. Romance, scandal, envies, jealousy... they all have their own role. With a really bitchy flight attendant and her entourage, a flirty self-centered pilot, a chef more preoccupied for the staff than for the food and an oscar-nominated actress with a big secret, there's enough drama to fill several books. Oh, and don't forget the sexy scenes (plane toilets are there for something, aren't they?). Even if one of the scenes made me laugh out loud after discovering the chef "big" secret (curious, aren't you?). Alongside Catalina, there are a whole cast of great characters, all deliciously individual and who invoked the whole spectrum of emotions from me. There were ones I loved, Jane for instance, more I hated, their sneakiness really knew no bounds. Most of them, true I have found to this genre, putting on faces, hiding true motives, sometimes leading to near farcical action! I laughed out loud, I wept a bit, I screamed at the characters. I was, as a reader, really put through the wringer!