Accidental Heroes by Danielle Steel is an emotional yet thrilling roller coaster of a story that’s deeper than most thrillers these days.
The plot revolves around three people: Bernice Adams, Ben Waterman and Helen Smith. The idea of this plot is so fresh. Usually, any book surrounding a plane either focuses on the aftermath of a crash or just acts as one of the settings. With Accidental Heroes, Steel turns this rather trite setting into one fraught with emotion, determination and slight creepiness. There is so much mystery revolving around a flight from New York to San Francisco each page is building upon who is responsible that I could not stop reading. Then in the end there is love, sigh. She couldn’t leave us without a touch of romance thrown in. At the airport, Bernice finds a suspicious postcard and alerts Ben, who investigates Helen, a pilot still reeling from her husband’s death in Iraq. Ben is convinced that someone on Helen’s flight is the one who sent the creepy message. Soon, their lives interweave. Helen is strong and confident. She’s willing to catch the mysterious stranger, and she joins forces with equally strong Ben and Bernice to stop tragedy before it strikes. Although the plot is fresh and the characters are confident, I did want a bit more traction. The first half of the story almost dragged by, and in a sense was predictable: The potential terrorist must and will be stopped.
In her stunning novel, Danielle steel combines intense action with stories of emotionally rich, intertwined lives. As the jet bears down on its destination of San Francisco, strangers are united desperate choices are made, and futures will be changed forever by a handful of accidental heroes. The message of Accidental Heroes that stuck with me the most: Heroes aren’t born, they’re made. In just a short span of time, all three characters — and even the ones on the plane — become heroes. Everyone works together to stop the threat.