Talk about a great start to 2019!
Thanks to Harper Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
FREEFALL – Jessica Barry (Releasing January 8th, 2019)
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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
I am always amazed how solid some of these recent debut authors are. FREEFALL by Jessica Barry is a solid thriller debut that I couldn’t put down. A great one to start off the year!
We start off with a bang – almost literally. A small passenger plane crash in the mountains leaves Allison the only survivor. With adrenaline coursing through her and her survival instinct kicking in we are brought through the frantic thought process with her as she gathers supplies before fleeing the wreckage. Injuries are sustained but she must keep going.
Meanwhile, her mother is informed that the plane crashed and she is presumed dead. Maggie knows that her daughter has to still be alive. We alternate between Maggie and Allison’s POVs, paired with short chapters, made this a total binge-read for me. While this is a great thriller this also examines a very complicated mother-daughter relationship. Sometimes I feel these can be over the top or farfetched, but I think Barry did a great job.
I know some thriller fans will see the twists coming, but that didn’t take away from the reading experience for me. The ending did surprise me, and I personally love when that happens. I’ve seen mixed reviews for this one, but I think it was just what I needed!
Like I said, a solid thriller debut, and I’ll be looking for more from Barry in the future.