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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Flight Across Waters by Ulla Håkanson tells the captivating story of Amy and Ben, a couple plunged into a complex criminal web after witnessing a plane crash on their honeymoon on Galiano Island. The crash victim, architect Eugene Sokalsky, is discovered to be the father of Mark Sokalsky, who has entangled himself in illegal gambling. As Ben, a detective, probes into the circumstances surrounding Eugene's death, his investigations uncover Mark's criminal activities, leading to his abduction by Mark's underworld connections. Concurrently, Amy, ignorant of her husband's peril, conducts her own parallel investigation. A tense cat-and-mouse game unfolds, with Amy narrowly escaping Mark's clutches, receiving crucial leads, and penetrating the murky depths of the criminal world. Amy's determination and courage ultimately lead her to a potential rescue operation, forcing her to confront an array of risks and dangers head-on. Her tenacity to find her missing husband and resolve the complex mystery defines the thrilling narrative.
Flight Across Waters by Ulla Håkanson wastes no time in sinking that hook in by introducing characters and developing them as soon as newlyweds Amy and Ben attempt a rescue, only to discover it is futile and that the victim is kind of a big deal. The antagonists are wonderfully bad. Mark has a sliminess to him that made me want to wash my hands after reading his scenes and Luigi Alzaperi is just plain horrible. Håkanson knows exactly how to write a fantastic, strong, and capable female protagonist. Amy is relentless in her search and in her research and discovers what the criminal extremes of the gaming and blood sport-loving, coffee shop-owning Azaperi men are, or, in his father's case, was. The very best part is visualizing Amy going undercover in a blonde wig and tossing in a pack of cigarettes for good measure. And the action scenes! In her pure awesomeness, Amy can maneuver through a collapsed floor and go for the Olympic gold medal in steel bar transitions. Poor Ben. He's sadly pedestrian when compared to her but is still a likable guy, even when he is hobbling, in concealer, and wearing a slicked-back man-ponytail, a la Miami Vice. Overall, this is a really great thriller and I could follow Amy through several more books. Very highly recommended.