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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  63 reviews
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. For years,
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Harper
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Katie B
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

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 runni
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This is well plotted, if unsurprising, and the pace is fast. It’s told from the alternating voices of the daughter and mother which work but there are mistakes that the editor should have caught. Firstly, it is a character driven novel and the characterization should have been accurate. The mother is depicted as nearing eighty years old as opposed to her actual age. Next, please remember where your characters are. The daughter receives a phone call while on a treadmill in the lower level of her ...more
JuJu (Julie)
My Thoughts:
One hell of a debut! A well-written, gripping and positively unputdownable thriller! I can’t wait to see what Jessica comes out with next!

This book looked so good, I had to start reading it as soon as I was approved! First...the cover caught my eye. Although it’s nothing spectacular, there is something catchy about it. Then...I read the description. A plane crash in the Colorado Rockies. I’ve lived in Colorado most of my life, so this was the clincher!

The chapters alternate between
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews


"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.

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

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.

Through bits and pieces everything slowly came together, the mystery u
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I need to get something off my chest.

Writers, a thesaurus exists to help you make better word choices. Please do not use it to help you make worse word choices!

Okay, back to the review. Freefall is a great story. The author, Jessica Barry, is a standout when it comes to pacing. She moves the story along quickly, keeping the reader interested with a steady supply of information – just barely enough, never too much – that’s both satisfying and tantalizing. I was interested all through the first h
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
When a private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, the two passengers on board are feared dead. Allison Carpenter miraculously lives but the pilot is mortally wounded. Willing herself to survive, Allison sets out in search of help. Her mother believes she is alive since her body is still missing but soon discovers that there is more to Allison's story than what's on the surface. This debut novel is a true thrill ride.
Nancy McFarlane
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freefall is a terrific character driven thriller which is told from two perspectives: that of the mother who is still grieving the loss of her husband to cancer two years earlier and of the daughter who ran away when she saw her mother do as her father wished and help him die. This thriller comes out of the gate at top speed. The mother is told her daughter and her daughter’s fiancée were killed in a plane crash and the mother decides she has to learn what her daughter’s life was like for the pa ...more
Olga Fry
I wasn't a fan of this novel but fans of plane crashes and survival stories may be. In this novel, Ally is the lone survivor in a plane crash, losing her fiance in the Rockies and having to set off and fight for her life before the individuals determined to kill her find her. While a quick page-turner, the writing itself was distracting. Scenes taking place in the present were filled with flashbacks, so there's no clear sense of being placed and weighed down in a scene. With the exception of Mar ...more
Angel wells
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won an arc of this from Goodreads. I loved the storyline and the characters. I also liked the fast-pace of the story. I wish there was maybe one more chapter at the end to tell more about the mother and daughter reuniting because they went through so much...I would recommend it!!
Kristen Beverly
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freefall starts with the bang of a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains. One person is dead and the other is on the move, desperately trying to survive in the wild and injured as someone is trying to kill her. Back in her hometown, her mother knows that her plane has gone down and is sick with worry as to whether or not her daughter is still alive. All these things together make for a fast-paced, thrilling ride! Once I was 5 pages into this book, I couldn’t put it down! Highly recommended for fell ...more
I won an ARC copy of Freefall from Jessica Barry and the publisher, Vintage Digital, so a big thank you to them!

Trigger warning for drugs and talk of death and especially for the death of a child.

Starting off with a bang, Allison emerges out of a plane crash. Her mother Maggie learns that her daughter has been killed in the plane crash.
After being estranged for two years, Maggie sets off to find out more about her daughter because she just doesn't believe she's dead. Maggie learns more about h
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this story is right up my alley: a plane crash in the Rockies; Allison survives and must hike out. Allison must not only make it out of the wilderness but with the growing realization that there are people who want her dead -- and they're after her. Maggie, her mother, refuses to believe Allison is dead and begins to piece together the life of the daughter from whom she's been estranged for 2 years. The good part of this novel: it's a thrill ride, a quick paced book with a can'
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐


First off thank you so much to Harper Collins, for sending me an ARC for my honest review.

Here we follow an astranged mother, Maggie and daughter, Allison. They haven’t spoken for a few years when news breaks that Allison was involved in a fatal plane accident, her body never recovered.

Maggie is left trying to piece together Allison’s life and trying to find out a little bit of her daughter’s life and what happened leading up to events of the plane crash. What she discovers is a t
Rochelle Hickey
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Freefall by Jessica Barry is a thriller about a girl, Allison Carpenter, with a secret who could bring down an entire pharmaceutical company, Prexilane, and her fiancé, Ben Gardner, in the process.

It begins with Allison and a plane crash with danger immediately ensuing. Close encounters and not knowing where to go or who to trust, she must find a way to survive. Flashbacks are woven in that slowly build to the climatic ending.

Her mother, Maggie, thinking her daughter is dead investigates her dau
Bridgett Brown
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
The chapters flip between mother and daughter to tell their story.
Maggie is told that her daughter has been in a small plane crash in the Rockies and is presumed dead. Maggie, grief-stricken, doesn't believe that her daughter is dead so she carefully searches for anyone who has been a part of her daughter's life. For the past couple of years they haven't talked. Allison survives the crash. Someone is after her to make sure she doesn't survive and it will t
Kailey C
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars - I loved it.

I flew through this one. Short, quick chapters that alternate POV. I thought this was fresh, original concept that was easy to follow. Although she wasn't perfect, Allison was a bad-ass protagonist, which I always appreciate. I didn't see certain parts of the plot coming - I had suspicions, but either way I don't think it'd detract from the story if you guessed certain things. I would add this one to your TBR if you're a suspense fan.
Susie Wang
Review to come later when it's closer to the release date.
Alaina Maxam
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Basic B's Guide
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come closer to pub date (Jan 8, 2019)
Liz Barnsley
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Immersive page turner of a thriller. Review to follow.
Shannon A
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This debut fell into my hands and kept calling to me. I assumed it would just be another mother-daughter, tragic tale and I just didn't want to read at first...After I finally opened to the first page, I read until the last page was in the light of dawn.
How did a woman with a dark past end up on a private plane and hiking through the woods? Where is she headed and who is she really running from?
One of the most fast-paced, suspenseful and sharply plotted thrillers I have read in a long time, I
Ashley Wiker
A character narrative told between the roles of a mother and daughter, Maggie and Allison, who have had a falling out and are no longer in contact. When Maggie finds out Allison has been in a plane crash, she refuses to fully believe her daughter is gone and sets out to find out why she was on that plane causing her to discover there may have been a darker motivation behind the plane crash.

Overall, I rate this book a 3/5 stars. At times, I felt it was a chore to continue on with this book. The
Kate Ashton
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A small plane crashes in the Rockies. The pilot is killed but Allison survivies. Then comes the first surprise ... instead of working out how to find help, she starts running, hiding, doing everything she can to avoid being found.

Far away, Allison’s mother is told of the crash and the subsequent blaze that neither pilate nor passenger could have survived. Maggie is devastated at the news, more so as she and Allison became estranged from one another two years previously. However, she cannot rest
Justin Newman
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is more like a 3.5/5, but goodreads doesn’t do half stars yet, so I’m rounding up.

So, this was an entertaining read. It was fast. The settings worked, the characters were generally well-defined, and the plot (though kind of predictable) was enjoyable enough.

I started to grow impatient with the way the flashbacks ate away at the present action after about the 150 page mark, but the pacing did keep me interested enough. There were a few things that were simply too easy for our characters to
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well done! Hang the Do Not Disturb sign on the door, put on your comfy clothes, feed the dog, grab your favorite snacks and beverages, gather the lumbar pillow and that fluffy afghan, invite the cat to join you for a snuggle, and settle down in your most comfortable reading position because you're in for a marathon!

An impressive first novel, this one grabs your attention on the first page and the author maintains the tension throughout. I especially liked her use of alternating chapters between
Denise Adele Kainrath
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Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, edelweiss
Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

There are a lot of different things going on in this book, but they all work together wonderfully. It's part survival story as readers follow Allison as she tries to make her way through the wilderness after a plane crash (sensing that someone is after her, but it's not clear at first who), part mystery/thriller as her mother, Maggie, who doesn't believe reports that her daughter is dead, delves deep
Kim McGee
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mother hears what no parent should - that her daughter has been the victim of a small plane crash in the Rockies and is presumed dead. Maggie, grief-stricken, doesn't believe that her daughter is dead so she carefully searches for anyone who has been a part of her daughter's life since they have been estranged. Allison somehow survives the crash but knows the worst is yet to come. Someone is after her to make sure she doesn't survive and it will take everything she's got to get down off the mo ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*ARC received for review purposes*

This as an interesting story, told from differing points of view in each chapter-bouncing between Maggie & her daughter Allison (Ally). Ally’s chapters tend to have flashbacks thrown in, which add to the story. I’d like to think that I could react and be as strong as Ally was in this story, but I certainly hope I never have to find out!
This is a solid story, but the first half of the book was hard. Despite many chapters ending with a kind of a cliffhanger,
Megan Fortas
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-2018
Thank you Harper for the copy of the book! And for the audiobook!

I listened to this book and I loved it! It was a powerful story! This story is a character driven thriller! It is told in two perspectives, the mother (Maggie) and the daughter (Allison). Both of these characters have been through a lot of stuff together. Barry, amazingly brings the past and present in both perspectives together. The character development was exceptional. This is female driven book! The suspense in this s
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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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