Author: Jessica Barry
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Paperback 368 pages
Release Date: 8 January 2019
I read this book in ‘staves’ released daily via The Pigeonhole. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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 desperate for news of her daughter, who is missing, presumed dead. Maggie refuses to accept that she could have lost her only child 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 is one of those stories where you’re thrown right in at the beginning in the heart of the action. It starts with Allison, in the middle of the woods directly after a plane crash to which she was the only survivor. It becomes evident very quickly though that this isn’t Allison’s biggest concern as someone is after her. Not only does Allison have to try and survive in the woods with only a backpack of meagre supplies to see her through, but she also has to compete with the fact that someone obviously means her harm and she has to evade being caught.
Whilst Allison is struggling in the woods we also follow the story from her estranged mother Maggie’s point of view. After hearing that the daughter Maggie hasn’t spoken to in over 2 years was in a plane crash and is now presumed dead, Maggie refuses to accept this and sets out on a mission to learn what her daughter’s life has been like since they last spoke.
This is one of those books that throws up so many questions early on in the story. Why was Allison on the plane? Why is someone after her? Why haven’t Allison and her mum spoken in so long? It’s all these unanswered questions that gripped me to this story from the first chapter and kept me reading on in my search for the answers. The story for me is set in two halves. The first half where I was reading completely unaware of how everything was connected and then the second half where I had figured out the answers to some of these questions but then it became all about what would happen next.
Maggie and Allison were fairly standard characters for me. There wasn’t an awful lot that stood out about them and there were some character traits that I felt were a bit clichéd. However, the plot for this book is what kept me intrigued to carry on reading for this one and as this is the authors debut novel I’m impressed with the way she managed to create a complicated plot which didn’t get confused along the way and managed to tie everything up nicely by the end chapter. I look forward to reading what the author writes next.
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.
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