St. Martin's, May 2002, 23.95, 285 pp.
Free Meeker is coming home from visiting her sister when she becomes involved in a fifty two-car chain-reaction accident. Although the nineteen-year-old woman is unharmed, her car is totaled and her passenger, a hitchhiker Lydia is dead. Free tries to help an injured man who is looking for a lost bag but when she finds it, the man is already dead.
When Free opens up the bag, she finds it contains $740,000 and some drugs, which she promptly throws away. She concludes that she is holding drug money and there is no way to trace it to her. She takes it intending to start a new life for herself using Lydia's identification. She isn't aware that Lydia's husband is an abuser who will do anything to track her down or that the owner of the money will kill to get it back. While these two men are tracking down “Lydia” Free lives a peaceful and secure life in Portland, never dreaming that she is in any danger.
LEARNING TO FLY is an exciting thriller that will keep readers enthralled because the action never stops happening. April Henry manages to sustain a high level of tension throughout the book without any real violence so cozy fans will appreciate this unusually refreshing story.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner