by Barry, Jessica

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.

Allison Carpenter has survived a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains, but she knows this won't be the last threat to her life. She has information so powerful that someone is willing to do anything to keep it under wraps, even if it means burying Allison with the secrets she keeps. Meanwhile, her estranged mother, Maggie, has been told that her only daughter perished in the crash, but when no remains are found, Maggie finds a reason to hope and begins searching for anything that will bring Allison back to her. Told by alternating narrators Allison and Maggie, the story depicts the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter finding their way back to each other despite betrayals and deceits between them. Written in a fast-paced style, each chapter offers new twists as motives are brought to light and secrets that Allison struggled to hide are revealed. Barry's debut novel will keep readers guessing to the end, and fans of Lisa Jackson and Lisa Scottoline will enjoy this thriller written with a focus on family relationships. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Woman-focused psychological suspense is hot right now, and this debut will be everywhere. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

A woman survives a plane crash only to be stalked through the wilderness by a ruthless killer while her estranged mother investigates the circumstances surrounding her accident. Thirty-one-year-old Allison Carpenter is en route from Chicago to San Diego when her plane—a single-engine aircraft owned by her fiance, pharmaceutical CEO Ben Gardner—goes down in the Colorado Rockies. Instead of waiting for rescue, Allison scavenges the wreckage for supplies and runs for her life. By the time help arrives, the fuselage is ablaze, convincing authorities that both Ben and Allison are dead. Back in Allison's hometown of Owl's Creek, Maine, her mother, Maggie, is devastated by reports of her daughter's death and shocked to learn of her engagement. Maggie and Allison haven't spoken since Allison's father died two years ago, so Maggie, a retired librarian, begins researching her daughter's recent past to determine what else she missed. The deeper Maggie digs, the more strongly she believes that Allison is still alive—and in danger. Allison and Maggie share the narrative, with past and present mysteries unfolding in tandem courtesy of Maggie's research and Allison's flashbacks. Although the setup of Barry's debut novel is clever and her concluding twist surprises, the plot feels underbaked, and scenes from the point of view of "The Man," Allison's nameless, faceless pursuer, prove more tedious than thrilling. Barry makes some keen observations regarding female identity and personal empowerment, but her characters lack verisimilitude, which undercuts the novel's drama. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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