Freefall by Jessica Barry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jessica Barry’s “Freefall” is a masterpiece of a thriller about a plane that crashes within Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and the sole survivor has a huge reason to stay alive.

Maggie Carpenter’s world is turned upside-down when she finds out that her thirty-one-year-old daughter, Allison, has been in a plane crash over the Colorado Rockies and is presumed dead. Maggie and Ally have been estranged since Maggie’s husband, Charlie died two years ago, for which Maggie blames herself. The reason for the lack of contact is heartbreaking, but Maggie didn’t know that her heart might be broken all over again. Ally was in the plane with her fiancé, Ben Gardner, CEO for a powerful Pharmaceutical company and Ben’s body was recovered, however, Ally’s was not, which gives Maggie a small amount of hope. That hope dies when the plane explodes, leaving no doubt for some, that both passengers of that plane were killed.

But Maggie could never have imagined what actually happened when that plane crashed. Ally survived, and although badly injured, her immediate priority is to get herself out of the unrelenting woods.

Things could be better, but Ally is a survivor, and she has a reason much bigger than herself to get out of those woods.

Meanwhile, in Owl Creek, Maine, Maggie is struggling to come to terms with Ally’s death and the circumstances that led to her estrangement. Linda, her friend and the wife of Jim, the local chief of police, has been incredibly supportive, but Maggie doesn’t want a witness to her grief.

Maggie’s Allison was strong-willed and knew her own mind and she is very much aware that Allison is a survivor, however, Maggie realised that she probably no longer knew her daughter, not since she moved away after her dad’s death. To cope, Maggie makes it her mission to find out who Allison really was and to find out exactly what happened to her, whatever it might take.

Jessica Barry’s debut thriller is an enthralling, lightning-paced read, centring a mother/daughter relationship. In “Freefall” there is a lot to like. Ally and Maggie’s alternating chapters create a thrilling sense of urgency, and Jessica Barry’s characterisation of Maggie, a woman with great focus and strength of mind, but who is suffering almost unbearable grief, is particularly rewarding. This novel is a winner and a definite page-turner, complete with a twisty and fulfilling conclusion.

{Thank you to Pigeonhole and Jessica Barry for a free copy and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review.}

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