Freefall by Jessica Barry is a gripping story about secrets and survival. The story opens with Allison Carpenter having just survived a plane crash in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. She is the only survivor of the crash, and has no way of contacting anyone to let them know she is still alive. She begins a dangerous trek through the mountains to seek shelter and safety.
Meanwhile, Allison’s mother, Maggie, is told that Allison died in the crash as there is no evidence that she could have possibly survived. Maggie begins to mourn the loss of her only child but can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right.
The story alternates between Allison and Maggie’s perspectives, a mother and daughter who use to be close but haven’t spoken to one another in years. The reader discovers, along with Maggie, just what exactly Allison was up to in the last two years and how she found herself on a private just with the multi-millionaire owner of a pharmaceutical company. Readers who enjoy thrilling stories of survival should not miss this debut.
I really enjoyed this book! It’s not something I would normally read but the premise sounded really interesting and I figured I would give it a try. The beginning was good and piqued my interest, while the middle felt a little drawn-out. However, the ending was full of so many twists that I couldn’t put the book down once I reached the last 150 pages or so. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for something suspenseful to read. Since I am a sucker for a happy ending, I will reveal that there is very much a happy ending to this story, for which I was relieved. There was definitely a few pages near the end where it seemed like that wouldn’t be the case, but isn’t that always the way?
Freefall gets five stars from me on Goodreads, and Jessica Barry is definitely an author I will read more of in the future.