McFarren pens a remarkably unique story in High Flying. This is the first story of McFarren’s that I’ve read, and I’m looking forward to reading more by this author. The story brings the reader in to Skylar’s life, and journey. She is one of those writers that grabs you into the story from the first sentence. She takes you through a journey and helps paint every moment in the book. I couldn’t put it down and read it straight through. It’s more than just a time-travel journey into the past, it was more like she was slammed into the past. Skylar’s internal journey was also part of her discovery of herself, and she’s faced with something with both impossible circumstances. Skylar Haines’s upbringing and her illness are topics most people don’t talk about, but Kaylin brings it to light with the stark realization that this is an issue that needs to be addressed. There is a way out and learning what is right for each individual is important. “High Flying” is an exciting time travel mystery thriller! You think you can figure certain things out in the book, then she puts a twist on it. I liked McFarren’s writing style, and how the story played out. She writes well, and I like that the story is both predictable and unpredictable. Filled with twists and turns, fitting the theme of the story.
I liked McFarren’s writing style, and how the story played out. She writes well, and I like that the story is both predictable and unpredictable. Filled with twists and turns, fitting the theme of the story. This novel beautifully weaves past and present as we’re introduced to Skylar Haines, our hero of the story, her life and her family’s history, and the story twists and turns as you move through the pages. It certainly has its fair share of villains, good guys… and those of which you’re not quite sure where they fall! I loved this take on a time-travel tale; it offered a unique way of exploring a character’s background and personality without breaking the narrative. McFarren handles sensitive subjects with delicacy and candor, and neatly integrates the themes into the story. This novel handles sensitive subjects such as death, suicide, self-harm and anxiety. McFarren handles sensitive subjects with delicacy and candor, and neatly integrates the themes into the story.
“High Flying” is one of the most unique suspense thrillers I have read in a while. I highly recommended reading Kaylin McFarren’s story for intrigue, deception, kidnapping, and an excellent perspective of self-harm. The author provides readers with two stories in one while at the same time providing excellent research and information on self-harm. While Skylar is figuring out how she traveled back in time and what it means, the author presents several characters, some of them very shady and full of revenge and they keep you on the edge of your seat. It is hard to figure out how this story is going to end until the actual end. Clues are given, but the plot keeps twisting and turning so the reader will have to wait until the last chapter to know for sure who the bad guy actually is which was riveting in itself.
Like a modern-day H.G. Wells, Kaylin McFarren’s High Flying, ventures boldly into the fourth dimension, where history is reimagined, and epiphanies come in three-dimensional, real time. “High Flying” is one of the most unique suspense thrillers I have read in a while. I highly recommended reading Kaylin McFarren’s story for intrigue, deception, kidnapping, and an excellent perspective of self-harm. Skylar Haines life is less than desirable due to the loss of her mother and father. Given that she is unable to cope with past trauma and has low self-esteem she finds that participating in self-harm, specifically cutting, helps to relieve the emotional stress. This gritty, emotionally penetrating story, set in Nevada, that not only touches upon social concerns with roots in the past but reaches into the future. The characters have depth, and the dialogue is sparkling authenticity. Here’s a story where everyone has an agenda, there are more crooks than cops, and bullets fly with abandon. In other words, a deliciously twisted sci-fi mystery with plenty of danger and romance! All in all, it is an exciting, thrilling and thought-provoking story, which is excellently crafted with a very exciting ending.
BIO: KAYLIN MCFARREN has received 48 national literary awards, in addition to a prestigious Golden Heart Award nomination for FLAHERTY’S CROSSING – a book she and her oldest daughter, New York Times/USA Today best-selling author Kristina McMorris, co-wrote in 2008. Prior to embarking on her writing journey and developing the popular THREADS psychological thriller series, she poured her passion for creativity into her work as the director of a fine art gallery in the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon; she also served as a governor-appointed member of the Oregon Arts Commission. When she’s not traveling or spoiling her pups and three grandsons, she enjoys giving back to her community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest, and is currently the president of the Soulful Giving Foundation – a non-profit focused on cancer research, care and treatment at hospitals throughout Oregon.