When Float Plan by Trish Doller was first released, I heard so many good things about it. So much so that I got onto Libby and put a hold on it. And after patiently waiting, I was able to borrow it, and it only took less than two days to read all of it. From the moment I started it, I was hooked and ready to go on an adventure.
Float Plan starts out with a disclaimer stating that this book has mentions of self-harm and suicide and I will admit that this left a little bit of a pit in my stomach. I was prepared to read potential graphic scenes but was thankful to not find any of these. While there is discussion of suicide within the pages, this book is more about a woman who has experienced a great loss finding exactly what she is looking for.
I loved Anna’s journey throughout Float Plan. She goes from this scared, vulnerable woman whose fiance’ committed suicide to this strong, vibrant woman willing to take chances and go on adventures. She learns how to continue to be vulnerable but strong as well. She also learns that her past is important but, she cannot let her past hold her back from moving forward. Anna felt like a truly human character to me as a reader because she’s not perfect. She makes mistakes, her says things she shouldn’t, she thinks things that she shouldn’t, she cries when she’s hurt – she’s human!
Anna’s relationship with Keane really made me continue to flip the pages of Float Plan. Their relationship is based in trust and friendship and there was nothing instant about it. Yes, they are alone on a boat in the middle of the ocean together where they have to depend on each other to survive but, they truly understand each other. Keane could see beneath Anna’s layers and allowed her to be herself around him. Anna did not judge Keane for his injury, trusted him to help her with the boat, and trusted herself to be vulnerable around him. I really enjoyed watching their relationship evolve and how they helped each other heal.
The setting of Float Plan is just so beautifully described. Each stop that Anna and Keane provides them with new adventures, new friends and a new sense of self. It really was a trip was healing for everyone involved including the reader. I really cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed reading this one, and how much I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to be taken on a little bit of a spellbinding ride.
Rating: 5 Stars