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Freefall Hardcover – 7 Mar 2019
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"Jessica Barry's debut novel opens at full throttle and never lets up. A young woman staggers away from a plane crash on the side of a mountain. Thousands of miles away, a mother struggles to understand what happened to the daughter she thought she knew. Set aside a few hours before you open this book...once you start reading, you won't want to stop." (Karin Slaughter, International Bestselling Author)
"Most debut thriller writers would be happy to have one amazing story to tell. Jessica Barry's come up with two, and the way she weaves them together will have you on the edge of your seat. FREEFALL is an electric mix of action and emotional drama that never stops, never slows down." (Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish)
"A gripping page-turner. Freefall is exactly what a great thriller should be." (Renee Knight, bestselling author of DISCLAIMER)
"Jessica Barry has written a page-turner; a taut and compelling story which is difficult to put down. At the same time, through her convincing and sympathetic characters, she captures the complex relationship between mother and daughter brilliantly." (Jenny Quintana, author of The Missing Girl)
"Freefall is an easily devourable and pacy page-turner - but what really got to me was the mother-daughter relationship in it. Prepare for your heart to be wrenched..." (Emily Koch, author of IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE)
About the Author
Jessica Barry is a pseudonym for an American author who has lived and worked in London for the past fifteen years. Freefall, her debut thriller, has sold in more than seventeen territories around the world and has also secured a major Hollywood film deal.
From the Publisher
Here are the facts: I am alone. I am on a mountain. The plane I was on has crashed. My body is covered in bruises and cuts and my left leg has a wound that will soon become infected if I don’t clean it. My finger is strained or broken and quickly swelling. I have very little food and water. The sun is still high but it will be dark in a few hours and my only shelter is a twisted hulk of metal that could, at any minute, explode. I feel sick with fear. I want, very badly, to lie back on the bank of grass and let my heavy eyelids close. I wonder what it will be like to die. Will it be like the tilt and drop of sleep? Will there be a light to follow, or just the dark?
Stop. I don’t want to die. What I need is a plan. You have to go. The voice in my head is urgent, insistent. Stay alive.
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This novel sets off at a cracking pace and moves swiftly between characters Allison and Maggie through their first-person perspectives. It all feels very filmic at the start while we work out what’s going on.
Then it descends into a back-and-forth between mother and daughter: one trudging through the mountains and the other trying to find out what has happened to her daughter. That's the case until about 50 percent of the way in. From there, the story does speed up again but turns into an implausible tale, while paradoxically the plot “twists” also become entirely predictable.
I really dislike books in which female characters need to be rescued from their lives. While the book has some level of awareness of this, it contains the following sentences: “You would have fallen in love with him, too. Especially if you needed to be rescued.“ And “He was good-looking and he was rich. I think most girls see themselves with someone like him.“ Or “This man, with his handsome face and his kind smile and his expensive wristwatch, had tried to save me once before. This time, I was going to let myself be saved.“
These sorts of character thoughts caused me to intensely dislike Allison.
There were also plenty of literary clichés throughout. For example, these all appear on ONE page: “ She knows too much now.“ “It didn’t have to be this way”, “You are not the man I thought you were.” And “I gave you everything.” Just because this is a thriller doesn’t mean the writing should be of a lesser standard than we might allow for any other book. Just ask Jane Harper.
It’s also my view that to describe this as a “propulsive debut novel” is incorrect, given this author is publishing under a pseudonym and has other books published under her own name.
Some people enjoy a thriller like this because it’s an easy read and it’s light. If you’re on a beach and you have a few hours to kill, then this might really suit.
I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy the book to start with as it seemed a little disjointed but the further I read the more it became apparent why it felt like that.
The characters were intriguing and the twists and turns in the storyline kept you guessing right until the end.
Well written and a quick,fast paced read
Both the survival and redemption are brilliantly plotted. Give it a read!!