Freefall by Jessica Barry (4 out of 5)

I got this book as an advance a few months ago. My book colleague Seth picked it up for me at a midwinter conference he was at. Once I got rolling with this book, I couldn’t put it down! The only reason it didn’t get 5 stars from me was because the female character, presumed dead, was a bitch, and it was hard for me to shake that vibe. Our author is English, and the phraseology leaves a little to be desired, but if you can get past that, it’s smooth sailing. This isn’t out until January 8, 2019, but if you want a solid thriller, this is a good way to start out 2019. Harper Collins brings us this debut.

Allison has a life that most would envy- a handsome fiance and a luxurious home and lifestyle that most envy. But she’s on the run and scared. It goes from bad to extremely worse when the plane she is on crashes in the mountains of Colorado. Across the country, Maggie’s estranged mother gets the heartbreaking news that her daughter is presumed dead in the crash, along with her fiance. Maggie hasn’t heard from Allison in years, since her husband and Allison’s father lost his battle with cancer. Her attempts to reconcile had all been rebuffed…and now her only child is dead?? Maggie refuses to believe it, and starts her own investigation. The things she finds out about Allison would dishearten most people, but Maggie pushes on. In fact, she pushes the wrong people too far and too fast, and her life is now in danger. This was a good, although at times perplexing, look at the love between mother and daughter, and the disassociation that often happens when children grow up and move on. Decent, solid thriller that really grabs the reader halfway through and doesn’t let go until the end. Stick with it. The beginning and middle middle along a bit, but it’s worth sticking with.

~ by generationgbooks on November 28, 2018.

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