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The Rescue of Flight 1421 (A Novel)


About The Book

Flight attendant turned New York Times bestselling author T. J. Newman—whose first book Falling was an instant #1 national bestseller and the biggest thriller debut of 2021—returns for her second book, an edge-of-your-seat thriller about a commercial jetliner that crashes into the ocean, and sinks to the bottom with passengers trapped inside, and the extraordinary rescue operation to save them.

Six minutes after takeoff, Flight 1421 crashes into the Pacific Ocean. During the evacuation, an engine explodes and the plane is flooded. Those still alive are forced to close the doors—but it’s too late. The plane sinks to the bottom with twelve passengers trapped inside.

More than two hundred feet below the surface, engineer Will Kent and his eleven-year-old daughter Shannon are waist-deep in water and fighting for their lives.

Their only chance at survival is an elite rescue team on the surface led by professional diver Chris Kent—Shannon’s mother and Will’s soon-to-be ex-wife—who must work together with Will to find a way to save their daughter and rescue the passengers from the sealed airplane, which is now teetering on the edge of an undersea cliff.

There’s not much time.

There’s even less air.

With devastating emotional power and heart-stopping suspense, Drowning is an unforgettable thriller about a family’s desperate fight to save themselves and the people trapped with them—against impossible odds.

About The Author

Melissa Young

T. J. Newman is a former bookseller and flight attendant whose first novel Falling became a publishing sensation and debuted at number two on the New York Times bestseller list. The book was named a best book of the year by USA TODAY and Esquire, among many others, and has been published in over thirty countries. The book will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Pictures. T. J. lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Drowning is her second novel. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster (May 30, 2023)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982177911

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Raves and Reviews

“Stunning, emotional, and unforgettable. Drowning reads like Apollo 13 underwater.”
—Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of City on Fire and The Border

Drowning is The Poseidon Adventure meets The Martian. It is another can’t-put-down, edge-of-your-seat thriller from T. J. Newman, one of our most exciting new authors.”
—Adrian McKinty, New York Times bestselling author of The Chain and The Island

“A stunningly vivid tour de force! Gripping. Shocking. Heartbreaking. You will not be able to come up for air until the very last page!”
Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Drowning is pure adrenaline and all heart. Gripping, relentless, effortlessly assured, T. J. Newman’s thriller is tense and moving. You’ll be grabbed from page one as the crew and passengers of a downed airliner fight for survival and rescuers race to reach them. Drowning is an incredible ride—strap in, brace, and remember to breathe.”
Meg Gardiner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Riveting . . . T. J. Newman is back with another blockbuster, proving that Falling, her lights-out debut, was no fluke, but just the beginning of what should be a long, stellar career. . . . Drowning is the book that everyone will be talking about in 2023. . . . Each page is dripping with a plethora of emotions—ranging from fear to claustrophobia—all of them palpable and real, creating a reading experience that is truly unlike anything else in print today. And as you experience that rising crescendo of tension and suspense, two things become crystal clear: T. J. Newman is for real, and she’s here to stay.”
The Real Book Spy

Drowning by T. J. Newman is a remarkable novel with extraordinary writing, story, and characters. T. J. Newman is a gifted writer and I stayed up all night reading it.”
Dervla McTiernan, #1 internationally bestselling author of The Murder Rule, a 2022 New York Times Critics Choice Best Book of the Year

Drowning is a full-throttle adrenaline rush, a relentless, full-speed thriller that will keep you riveted and breathless. Hang on tight for what’s sure to become a classic summer smash hit.”
Eric Rickstad, New York Times bestselling author and author of I Am Not Who You Think I Am, a 2022 New York Times Critics Choice Best Book of the Year

Praise for Falling:

“The splashiest book debut of the summer.”
Entertainment Weekly

“The thriller of the summer.”
Dallas Morning News

“An unputdownable thriller that will take you on a wild ride full of twists and suspense.”
Good Morning America

“Summer’s big thriller . . . The frenzy for Falling is understandable: At every turn, Newman cranks the tension in unexpected ways that still satisfy the thriller lust. Her insider’s knowledge comes through in details that not only bolster the book’s credibility but also catalyze the plot.”
—Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times

“Terrifying . . . Buckle up for a chilling summer read.”
People (Best Books of the Week)

“A rich and assured debut . . . Emotionally complex in surprising and refreshing ways . . . Falling is expertly paced—if you were to begin reading this book at LAX, you’d finish it right as you began your descent into JFK.”
USA Today (3.5 out of 4 stars)

“A white-knuckle thrill ride.”

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