Freefall by Jessica Barry

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free copy of the book.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.


Looking for another page-turning thriller to add to your list? It’s this one: Freefall by Jessica Barry.

I’ve mentioned my love for dual narratives in previous reviews, and this is another to add to the list. I love this style of writing because it feels like two stories in one, and because it helps to build the suspense. You can see that these two voices will merge at some point in the future, but you just can’t quite pinpoint it until it happens. I love the punch of that moment, and Barry played it perfectly with this book.

To piggyback on that, I thought the voices of Allison and Maggie were spot on. As a reader, you start with a certain opinion of each of them, and as their stories unfold and the layers are peeled back, you see each of them become more dimensional. And again, you could see the threads of their webs building toward a big finale, and it came with such a fantastic amount of tension.

This was one of those books I went into expecting to enjoy, and ended up pleasantly surprised by loving it. I read it, start to finish, in two short sittings, half the time on the edge of my seat. Fast paced, engaging, and interesting characters. This is a “highly recommend” from me.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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Book stats: Hardcover, 368 pages, Harper, January 8, 2019


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