Freefall by Jessica Barry
Thank you to Harper Books for my free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Goodreads Synopsis: 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. For years, 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.
Review: I was feeling pretty brave reading this book on both of my flights recently. Especially considering our flight home had some of the worst turbulence I’ve ever experienced, but luckily we landed in Boston safely. The alternating perspectives from Ally and her mother, which were also short chapters, made for a fast read.
I was worried that there would be too much action and not enough of a story for me to get into, but there were plenty of secrets and family drama to keep me invested. I did find some of the twists to be a bit predictable and it was lacking any real shock value for me, but otherwise a great read.
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
Page Count: 368
Overall Rating: 4/5