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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's 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?--AJ Finn, author of the #1 NYT Bestselling The Woman in the Window --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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A propulsive debut novel about survival at all costs and the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.
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’s Creek, Maine, Maggie Carpenter learns that her only child is presumed dead. But authorities have not recovered Allison’s 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 a wealthy man whom Maggie has never met.
As Allison struggles across the treacherous mountain wilderness, Maggie embarks on a desperate search for answers. Immersing herself in Allison’s life, she discovers that her daughter was existing in a world of money and glamour completely unrecognizable to her. 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.--This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- Publication date : January 8, 2019
- File size : 2974 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 458 pages
- Publisher : Harper (January 8, 2019)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07B2V6V23
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #159,305 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It’s good from the start, but it really picks up in the middle and races to the end. My only issue was it changes from present to past tense between narrators despite being in the same time line. This was likely a stylistic choice, but I found it a bit jarring at times. Also, as a San Diegan, I really enjoyed the local descriptions!
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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.
Both the survival and redemption are brilliantly plotted. Give it a read!!