Freefall by Jessica Barry

*minor spoilers*

Surviving the plane crash is only the beginning for Allison. The life that she’s built for herself – her perfect fiancé, their world of luxury – has disappeared in the blink of an eye. Now she must run, not only to escape the dark secrets in her past, but to outwit the man who is stalking her every move. On the other side of the country, Allison’s mother is told that her daughter is dead. Maggie refuses to accept this and sets out to discover the truth. Mother and daughter must fight – for survival and to find their way through a dark web of lies and back to one another, before it’s too late…

This brilliantly suspenseful novel is a slow burn into one of the best endings I’ve read in a while.

I loved the central characters, especially Allison, as she was quite hard to read. I was really intrigued by her motivations, and thought she was a wonderfully multi-layered character. Jessica Barry really built the suspense with the brief glimpses into the character of The Man, and Allison’s relationship with him was hard to figure out. The sense of being unable to trust anyone was quite intense, and made the book really fast paced.

Maggie was another brilliant character, and showed both grief and resilience in what she believed was a terrible situation. I loved the brief glimpses into the previous lives of Maggie and Allison, as it really showed them to be human and relatable throughout a pretty obscure story.

I did find that there was perhaps too much focus on the suspicious characters of Sam and Tony – it was almost a bit too obvious for me, and in the end I did predict the ‘villain’. Having said this, the ending was fantastic – it was sinister, exciting and super tense. The whole build up to the end was brilliant as well – Allison moving through the forest coincided marvellously with the movement of the novel, so it really maxed out the suspense and drama of the whole story.

I thought this was a great story, fast paced and intense, with brilliant characters.

Jessica Barry
Vintage Digital – 28th Feb

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