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Freefall: A Novel

Freefall: A Novel

Написано Jessica Barry

Озвучено Hillary Huber, Karissa Vacker и MacLeod Andrews


Freefall: A Novel

Написано Jessica Barry

Озвучено Hillary Huber, Karissa Vacker и MacLeod Andrews

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4/5 (24 оценки)
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12 hours
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Jan 8, 2019
ISBN:
9780062890429
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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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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.  

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  • (5/5)
    Allison by her own choice had no contact with her mother for two years, and then her mother found out that Allison had been killed in a plane crash.Maggie had not talked to her daughter since her husband had passed away, knew nothing about her life, and was at a loss to answer questions about her daughter.Maggie did what every mother would have done to keep in touch, but to no avail, and I admired her for searching out details about her daughter’s life under the circumstances.Maggie could find no one who knew anything about her daughter or rather anyone who would say anything about her. They became silent when she asked. Maggie wondered what the reason for that was.Maggie had an inkling that her daughter hadn't perished in the fiery crash but kept that thought to herself for her own sanity.

We follow Maggie and Allison in alternating chapters both past and present as the story unfolds.

Allison's life the past two years had been a bit tough at first, and she had a secret that prevented her from her wanting to be found.

The tension mounted on Allison’s side of the story as we find out things about her past, what she was up to, and perhaps the reason for the crash.

FREEFALL keeps you rapidly turning the pages, has good writing, great detail, and enough suspense that you won’t want to put the book down. 

Through bits and pieces everything slowly came together, the mystery unraveled, and the intensity of the situations increased.

If you enjoy suspense, secrets, and twists, FREEFALL fits the bill.

It takes a few pages to grab your interest, but be sure you don’t have anything else to do because you won’t be able to put this book down. 5/5

This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
  • (5/5)
    Suspenseful all the way through. If you like thrillers I highly recommend Freefall!
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    This thriller begins with the crash of a private plane in the Colorado Rockies. Allison (Ally) Carpenter, 31, makes it out of the wreckage, but knows her struggle for survival is only beginning. Someone is after her and wants to kill her.Alternate chapters are narrated by Ally’s mother Maggie, who hasn’t communicated with her daughter in two years, and feels horrible about it. And now, she may never have a chance to make it right. She hasn’t given up hope though; Ally’s body was not discovered at the crash site. But she knows so little about her daughter now, who doesn’t even look the same in pictures published after the crash. Ally was apparently engaged to Ben Gardner, the wealthy CEO of a pharmaceutical company, and she appears so different in recent pictures; Maggie can hardly recognize this woman who resembles an ultra-thin movie star more than the daughter she last saw.Who had her daughter become and what happened to her? Readers discover answers gradually - or perhaps, speedily, because you will be turning the pages as fast as you can as the tension ratchets up.The twists aren’t perfectly constructed, but the pace is so fast you may not mind. Except for the fact that the story begins with a plane crash, this would make a perfect way to pass the time on an airline flight!
  • (3/5)
    An okay thriller, started out good but got pretty much unbelievable and a little tedious as it went on.
  • (5/5)
    Suspenseful…Shocking…Intense…The determination to survive…A mother refusal to accept that her daughter is dead.Allison Carpenter survives the crash of her fiancé’s private plane. Now she must survive her injuries and the mountainous wilderness. We learn that Allison has been betrayed…her glamourous life was a lie. Some very powerful men want her dead so she has no time to grieve nor linger at the crash site. She must run, she must hide.Maggie Carpenter, Allison’s mother, has been notified of the presumed death of her daughter and her daughter’s fiancé. But since Allison’s body has not been recovered Maggie refuses to accept that her daughter is dead.Allison and Maggie have not talked since the death of their father and husband two years ago. Two years in which Allison has changed into someone her mother does not even recognize. Two years of Allison refusing to reach out for help from her mother. Two years full of resentment, guilt, loss, and regrets.Maggie is determined to find out why Allison was on that plane. Determined to learn about Allison’s socialite life, a life hugely different from the Allison she knew. She is a mother driven to understand what happened to her daughter and to move heaven and earth until she learns the truth about her.Allison is determined to survive and save the only person left that she loves.This is a well-written story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Might as well block out some time on your calendar because you will not want to be interrupted until you know the ending.
  • (3/5)
    This could have been a really good book but there was so much unnecessary content that did nothing for the story.
  • (3/5)
    Story of a mother estranged from her daughter, who tries to find out what happened to her after an airplane crash. I read this because I had nothing else to read. The story moves along quite quickly so did not take me much time to read.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    A little slow at the beginning for me, but it caught on after page 150 or so. Written in an interesting way in which there are two timelines within one chapter.
  • (4/5)
    Here's a pretty formulaic thriller, enhanced by dual narrators and a fine twist. Allison leaves her home in Maine for California and a great job at a magazine, but when it folds, she runs out of options and resorts to being an escort. Back at home, her mother Maggie, who helped her husband overdose on morphine when his pain from cancer became unbearable, is estranged from Allison, who blames her mother for the loss of her beloved father. Allison, on the comeup and now engaged to a wealthy Pharma CEO, is on his private plane when it crashes in the Rockies, and she's the only survivor. As the details of the back story are filled in, Allison tries to make her way home to her mother, who's in mourning for her daughter and is trying to figure out what Allison had been doing for the last two years. When a man Martha meets, seemingly accidentally, reveals a connection to Allison and then turns up dead, the tension ratchets up and runs high until the big twist and a satisfying ending. A good, fast snowed-in or beach read.