A propulsive debut novel with the intensity of Luckiest Girl Alive and Before the Fall, about a young woman determined to survive and a mother determined to find her. When your life is a lie, the truth can kill you
When her fiancé’s private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, Allison Carpenter miraculously survives. But the fight for her life is just beginning. Allison has been living with a terrible secret, a shocking truth that powerful men will kill to keep buried. If they know she’s alive, they will come for her. She must make it home.
In the small community of Owl Creek, Maine, Maggie Carpenter learns that her only child is presumed dead. But authorities have not recovered her body—giving Maggie a shred of hope. She, too, harbors a shameful secret: she hasn’t communicated with her daughter in two years, since a family tragedy drove Allison away. Maggie doesn’t know anything about her daughter’s life now—not even that she was engaged to wealthy pharmaceutical CEO Ben Gardner, or why she was on a private plane.
As Allison struggles across the treacherous mountain wilderness, Maggie embarks on a desperate search for answers. Immersing herself in Allison’s life, she discovers a sleek socialite hiding dark secrets. What was Allison running from—and can Maggie uncover the truth in time to save her?
Told from the perspectives of a mother and daughter separated by distance but united by an unbreakable bond, Freefall is a riveting debut novel about two tenacious women overcoming unimaginable obstacles to protect themselves and those they love.
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About the Author
Jessica Barry is a pseudonym for an American author who grew up in a small town in Massachusetts and was raised on a steady diet of library books and PBS.
She attended Boston University, where she majored in English and Art History, before moving to London in 2004 to pursue an MA from University College London.
She lives with her husband, Simon, and their two cats, Roger Livesey and BoJack Horseman.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Freefall opens with Allison surviving a plane crash. She is the lone survivor, and she’s in the mountains with a smashed cell phone and few supplies. The pilot was her fiancé, and she has lost everything. And guess what? She actually doesn’t want to be found. On top of it all, someone is following her. Across the country, Maggie, Allison’s mom, has been told that her daughter likely died in the crash…but Maggie refuses to give up hope and sets out on a determined search for her daughter. She’s also seeking understanding because she and Allison have been estranged. Maggie and Allison are desperate to be reunited, and in their search and survival, that special, but complex, bond between mother and daughter is explored. Wow, Freefall is a page-turner! It shows why survival stories are among my favorites. Allison is strong and determined, and Maggie may be even more so. Maggie became the power player, and I could feel her thirst for answers. The pacing is exceptional, and the intensity continues to build. Jessica Barry has written a fab debut. I will be waiting in line for her next effort. Thanks to the publisher for the complimentary ARC. All opinions are my own.
I LOVED this book. This was the exact kind of fast paced, mystery thriller that I needed to start my reading year off right. Jessica Barry nailed it with how this story unfolds - in quick, short chapters that move back and forth between Ally on the run after the plane crash, and her mom Maggie, who is trying to come to terms with who her daughter was and make peace with the fact that everyone is sure she is dead. I burned through this one, because it was just so easy to consume. Its the bookworm's dream when it comes to wanting to read just "one more chapter" - so easy to justify when the chapters are short and sweet. I loved these characters too - Ally who is way more than you think when you are first introduced, and Maggie who is strong in the face of a life that has been hard on her. Scrappy, strong, resilient female characters are just so much fun to read, and I appreciated that both these women had all these traits in their arsenal. I also love that both were flawed and human and vulnerable. I think so many books fail in finding the balance between strength in a character and softness, but Jessica has perfected this. Quite frankly my favorite part is how this story becomes something completely different than just the mystery of why the plane crashed and if Ally will survive. As it goes on, you start to understand that there is more than what meets the eye which landed Ally in survival mode on a mountain. That piece of the mystery is even more sinister and delicious than the plane crash itself. I devoured this book in a sitting, because I simply couldn't wait to see what would play out. It was an awesome ride, and I cannot recommend this one enough - the perfect thriller to start off any bookworm's year.
These two reviews are so different I don't think they read the same book. I am confused and am afraid the books is as confusing as the books. Do I want to pay this much for an unknown author? I would like some real reviews that seem to follow the storyline for the book.
3.5 stars This turned out to be a pretty solid thriller. Maggie Carpenter is devastated to hear the news her daughter, Allison, died in a plane crash. Even though they have been estranged for the last two years, Maggie is determined to find out more about Allison's life leading up to the crash. Except wait, Allison didn't actually die, but she doesn't want people to know she survived either. Told from the perspectives of a grieving mother searching for answers and a daughter who seems to be running from her past. Even though the story isn't exactly perfect, I really couldn't turn the pages fast enough on this one as you can't help but feel invested in the characters, particularly the mother. Maggie is what really drove the story in my opinion. I'm not even a parent but you do almost feel like you are grieving with her and understand her determination to find out more about what was going on with Allison during their estrangement. The thriller aspects of the story are done pretty well although there were a few times when you wanted to shout at the characters, "Come on, wise up!". Overall, it is a decent thriller, but an even better story about a mother's love for her child. I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway. I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.