Creative Edge Publishing (2019)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (05/19)
“High Flying” is the latest riveting psychological thriller by Kaylin McFarren.
Skylar Haines has led a difficult life. In addition to the pain of having lost both parents, she has also suffered the loss of close friends. Her father died before she was born, and she lost her mother after sharing a difficult relationship. Raised by a cold-hearted grandfather, Skylar learns to cut herself for emotional release. As an adult, she finally begins living her life according to her own terms. Trading cutting for an endorphin-releasing career as a stunt pilot, Skylar is finally living her dream. She is also attracted to another stunt pilot named Jake, who encourages her to push beyond what she perceives to be her limits.
This all changes one day during a stunt show, when Skylar experiences a strange storm while flying during a particularly dangerous stunt. Coming out of it, she discovers that she has been thrown back in time to eight months before her birth. Though desperate to try to change history, she quickly gains a greater understanding of why things ended up as they did. Readers follow along as Skylar works against time to change the future.
“High Flying,” is a fast-paced, suspenseful, psychological thriller. Readers will find themselves with their hearts pounding while they read this! In addition to addressing some sensitive topics such as self-mutilation, and suicide, the author also touches upon a serious subject that is near and dear to my heart. This involves the drug cartel and drug trafficking.
Living in the Imperial Valley, which was briefly mentioned in this book, I frequently see the results of the trauma caused by this issue. It is also interesting to note that the members of the drug cartel have homes on this side of the border so that they can keep their children safer. They take care of themselves while destroying the lives of others. This is well demonstrated in “High Flying.”
It was also fascinating to watch the protagonist’s character evolve as she gains insight into why her family was the way that they were. The knowledge made her stronger as she fought to try to create a new future for them. I appreciate that in spite of the new knowledge, the characters were still flawed. This made everything more believable. The time travel aspect added a greater dimension to this story. It was handled well in a way that made it seem plausible. The author also did a great job of smoothly going between the past and the present, so that readers will not be confused by where they are at in the story.
It was a pleasure to read another great novel by Kaylin McFarren. Her current fans and readers who enjoy suspenseful thrillers will enjoy “High Flying.”