Audio: Freefall by Jessica Barry #JessicaBarry @melispim @hillatious ‏@KarissaVacker ‏@MacLeodAndrews@HarperAudio

Posted January 23, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 18 Comments

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Audio:  Freefall by Jessica Barry #JessicaBarry @melispim @hillatious ‏@KarissaVacker ‏@MacLeodAndrews@HarperAudio Freefall by Jessica Barry
Narrator: Hillary Huber, Karissa Vacker, MacLeod Andrews
Published by HarperAudio on January 8, 2019
Genres: Mystery
Length: 12 hours, 3 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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A propulsive debut novel with the intensity of Luckiest Girl Alive and Before the Fall, about a young woman determined to survive and a mother determined to find her.

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 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?

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.

WOW.  This is a thriller with greedy people who only care about themselves.  Allison has been estranged from her mother since her father’s death. When her magazine job ends, she ends up in downward spiral until she decides her integrity requires finding the truth. Then people want to kill her.

Allison ends up in a plane crash, and she knows she must run. She tells her story of survival and it is interspersed with her mother’s efforts to deal with her loss and find out who Allison was these past two years. The writing unravels the mystery and the emotional landscape of the mother – daughter relationship brilliantly.

Everything about Freefall feels realistic from Allison’s struggle to survive after the crash to her mother’s love, and the ruthless killers trying to stop the truth from being exposed. The emotions and actions of Allie and Maggie (her mother) and their friends are believable. The pace was intense and I was terrified for them. Allie and Maggie have more in common than anyone would think.


I’ve always loved Hillary Huber and she was excellent as she narrated Maggie’s point of view.  I also enjoyed Karissa Vacker giving us Allison.  MacLeod Andrews part was smaller but well performed.  I was happy I could listen at 1.5x speed.  Freefall was engaging and such a pleasure.

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About Hillary Huber

Hillary has recorded over 500 audiobooks spanning many genres. She is a multiple Audie Award finalist – including Best Female Narrator, multiple Earphone Award winner, Voice Arts Awards winner and one of Audiofile Magazine’s best voices. Hillary has a BA in English Literature and is a voracious reader and listener. Raised in conservative Connecticut and hippy Hawaii, she has unique perspective. She splits her time between Santa Monica and New York. Most of that time is in a 4×4 padded room. Er…booth.

About MacLeod Andrews

MacLeod Andrews is an actor and voice actor in Los Angeles He is a Company Member of Rising Phoenix Rep theater company in NYC

About Jessica Barry

Jessica Barry is a pseudonym for an American author who grew up in a small town in Massachusetts and was raised on a steady diet of library books and PBS.

She attended Boston University, where she majored in English and Art History, before moving to London in 2004 to pursue an MA from University College London.

She lives with her husband, Simon, and their two cats, Roger Livesey and BoJack Horseman.

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Posted January 23, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 18 Comments

18 responses to “Audio: Freefall by Jessica Barry

  1. I like the sound of this one, Anne. The family estrangement and secrets and people after her are great. I’ve not listened to any of the narrators, but glad they were a good match for the story.

    • Oh well Hillary Huber is one of my favorites and I’ve definitely heard MacLeod Andrews before.

      This is a great survival / thriller / family relationship combination. It’s also a standalone, so I found it easy to fit in the schedule.

      Anne recently posted: Trust the Wolf by Zoe Ashwood
  2. Melissa (My words and pages)

    OH Jessica sounds amazing. And the book sounds like a winner. Thanks for sharing!