Freefall by Jessica Barry
Thank you Harper Collins Canada for the copy of this book - all opinions are my own.
I LOVED this book. This was the exact kind of fast paced, mystery thriller that I needed to start my reading year off right.
Jessica Barry nailed it with how this story unfolds - in quick, short chapters that move back and forth between Ally on the run after the plane crash, and her mom Maggie, who is trying to come to terms with who her daughter was and make peace with the fact that everyone is sure she is dead. I burned through this one, because it was just so easy to consume. Its the bookworm's dream when it comes to wanting to read just "one more chapter" - so easy to justify when the chapters are short and sweet.
I loved these characters too - Ally who is way more than you think when you are first introduced, and Maggie who is strong in the face of a life that has been hard on her. Scrappy, strong, resilient female characters are just so much fun to read, and I appreciated that both these women had all these traits in their arsenal. I also love that both were flawed and human and vulnerable. I think so many books fail in finding the balance between strength in a character and softness, but Jessica has perfected this.
Quite frankly my favorite part is how this story becomes something completely different than just the mystery of why the plane crashed and if Ally will survive. As it goes on, you start to understand that there is more than what meets the eye which landed Ally in survival mode on a mountain. That piece of the mystery is even more sinister and delicious than the plane crash itself.
I devoured this book in a sitting, because I simply couldn't wait to see what would play out. It was an awesome ride, and I cannot recommend this one enough - the perfect thriller to start off any bookworm's year.