Freefall: A Novel by Jessica BarryFreefall: A Novel by Jessica Barry

Freefall: A Novel

byJessica Barry

Paperback | January 8, 2019

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“Exhilarating, emotional—a thriller charged with genuine depth and raw power.” – A.J. Finn, author of the #1 bestselling The Woman in the Window

“An absorbing treat.” – PEOPLE Magazine

“The corporate malfeasance and shady conspiracies of John Grisham, with the frank feminism of two rounded female protagonists.” — Entertainment Weekly

They say your daughter is dead.

You know they’re wrong.

When her fiancé’s private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, everyone assumes Allison Carpenter is dead.

But Maggie, Allison’s mother back home in Owl Creek, Maine, refuses to believe them. Maggie knows her daughter – or she used to, anyway. For the past two years, the two women have been estranged, and while Maggie doesn’t know anything about Ally’s life now – not even why she was on a private plane to begin with – she still believes in her girl’s strength, and in their love for each other.

As Allison struggles across the treacherous mountain wilderness, Maggie embarks on a desperate search for answers about the world Allison has been involved in. What was she 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 heart-stopping, propulsive thriller about two tenacious women overcoming unimaginable obstacles to protect themselves and the ones they love.


Title:Freefall: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.92 inPublished:January 8, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006291197X

ISBN - 13:9780062911971

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining A new author is always good to find especially when you enjoy the book. This is Jessica Barry's first novel and it is highly entertaining. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and it kept me constantly needing to keep figuring out the mystery as the pages keep turning. Its a fast read because its hard to put down. All the characters and story line were believable. I would definitely read this author again
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real page-turner It's a bit hard to see in this small picture, but the image on the cover of Jessica Barry's new novel Freefall, is a shot of the clouds taken from an airplane. And that's where the book begins - a plane crash. Ally Carpenter is the only survivor when her fiancee's plane crashes. She picks up a few things, stuffs them in a backpack and starts limping off the mountain. She's hurt - but from her inner thoughts we learn she's desperate as well...."I know what's coming for me." Ally's mother Maggie is informed of the crash - and the death of her daughter. And the news is all the more gut wrenching as she and Ally have been estranged for the last two years. Freefall is told in alternating chapters from Ally and Maggie. We know Ally is alive - and her desperate flight from the crash has only raised more questions for the reader. Who or what is she fleeing? Why? Will she make it? Or is she too hurt? And then the narrative switches to Maggie. She can't believe Ally is gone and starts to try and piece together the last two years of her daughter's life. I adore this method of storytelling. But I have to admit, it keeps me up very late - I desperately want to know what's going on with each character. And boy, oh boy, does Barry ever keep the tension high. Every chapter seems to end on a cliffhanger or a revelation. And you just have to keep turning pages! The who and why become clearer as the book progresses and more is revealed, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. Freefall is a plot driven novel, but I found the characterizations done just as well. I really liked Maggie, her self awareness and her determination. This was the right book at the right time for me - I was looking for a fast paced, action filled read. And I found it in Freefall.
Date published: 2019-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible and Suspenseful Thriller This book was bananas. B-a-n-a-n-a-s. A slower burn in the beginning in terms of getting answers, even when nothing much was happening, it felt very tense. A triumph, to say the least. When the reveals ended up happening, I can say with absolute conviction that I had no idea where the story would go next. I loved the alternating POVs of Allison and Maggie, and shorter chapters kept the pace tight. The plot's depth was a surprise and delight, and I thoroughly enjoyed the way it unfolded. The sort of book you could read in one or two sittings, FREEFALL is a heavy-hitting debut and an excellent choice for fans of thrillers and suspense.
Date published: 2019-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clever, Intriguing and Wonderfully Sinister! 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.
Date published: 2019-01-12

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“A stunning triumph of both form and function.”