The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood by Susan Elliot Wright

A dark and tragic tale of grief and loss.

The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood by Susan Elliot Wright

Genres: Fiction, Suspense
Published: 21st February, 2019 (expected)
Series: N/A
Rating: 4

Cornelia Blackwood is about to do something very wrong, for reason she believes to be right.

She has a loving marriage but she has no friends.
Everyone knows Cornelia’s name but no one will speak to her now.
Cornelia has unraveled once before. What could possibly happen to her next?

An urgent and important novel of love, loss, tragedy and daring to hope again.

Well, this was fuckin’ depressing!?! I expected a dark psychological thriller, but not one that would leave me all shrivelled up on the inside. Dark? Yes, but also heartbreaking.

You know, how sometimes you come across stories that are bleak and perhaps mournful, but you get the sense that at the end things will turn out fine and there’s hope? The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood doesn’t leave you with any illusions: it starts out miserable, and it only gets worse.

Cornelia is a sympathetic figure, and my heart went out to her, and yet, her actions constantly made me cringe. Something just wasn’t right. She kept talking about the horrible thing that happened, and I found myself crossing my fingers that this won’t be one of those books that dangles this mysterious past tragedy in front of me like a carrot.

Switching between the past and the present, slowly, but surely a picture started forming in my mind, but what actually unfolded was more horrible than I thought in the beginning.

Is Cornelia a bad person? Or is she a victim of circumstances? Who really is at fault?

A slow burning, suspenseful story, The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood explores death, mental illness, grief and loneliness in an incredibly moving, but eye opening way.

I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley, but the opinions are my own.


  1. I now really want to know what Cornelia did! πŸ˜‚ Great review Norrie, it really piqued my interest.
    I may wait for summer time though as winter with its dark nights may not suit the mood of this book. 😊

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    1. Pressed enter too early! πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ Grrr… what I wanted to add was that depressing books are ok for me to read when the days are warm and sunny, I tend to become miserable reading them on dark winter nights… πŸ™ˆ


  2. Oooh, I love a good heavy, dark, dreary and serious book about mental illness and the like. As soon as I saw the cover, I was in, but your review sealed the deal! At least I’m going in knowing there is no happy ending. Thanks, Norrie!

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