Book Title: Free Fall
Author: Rick Mofina
Series: Kate Page #4
Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Female Lead
Date Read: 07/13/16
Pub Date: 07/26/16
Pilots with no control…
High above the Adirondack Mountains, a commuter flight to New York City turns into a rolling, twisting nightmare, plunging from the sky before the crew regains control. Then, in London, a jetliner crashes into the runway, killing fifteen people.
Investigators with no answers…
Reporter Kate Page believes something beyond mechanical—or human—error is behind the incidents that have air investigators baffled. But the mystery deepens as teams scramble to pinpoint a link between the tragedies, and Kate receives an untraceable message from someone boasting responsibility and threatening another event.
A looming disaster…
As Kate, the FBI and the NTSB race to find answers, the shadow figures behind the operation launch their most devastating plan yet, and time ticks down on one of the greatest tragedies the world has ever known.
I’m usually a stickler for reading a series in order. I’m not sure if it’s OCD or I’m scared of missing something, but it took a leap of faith for me to grab #4 in the series without any knowledge of the other 3. I read the description when MIRA contacted me though and simply couldn’t pass it by; it sounded too exciting! Throw in a strong female lead and I’m there; say no more.
” You’re not going to die today…
I can do this. I’ve faced worse…
This plane is not going to crash. I’m safe.
My boyfriend’s with me.
I can do this. I can do this…”
This one starts with a bang. It has a quality as though you could watch it on television, even the news. With everything the world is currently experiencing involving terrorism, the story has a “ripped from the headlines” feel with pacing equivalent to a nascar race. My paperback copy came in at 438 pages, yet this didn’t feel like a drawn out read. There wasn’t a ton of extra fluff to bog down the action, which was a huge pro for me. Just the blurb is enough to intrigue you- planes unexplainably crashing all over the world, the FBI rushing in to save the day- talk about a compelling read!
I liked Kate’s character. Even though I probably would have found some benefits from reading the rest of the series first, this was easily read as a stand alone with its main story being exclusive to this book. There were quite a few characters in the beginning to keep straight, but again this was likely due to me jumping into the middle of a series, and was not difficult once established. The characters in general were developed and relatable, which is also a change for me as I typically feel like strangling those in the psychological thrillers. 🙂 Clearly there is a bit of violence, as the plot deals with warfare in all types, but its very necessary and not over the top. Overall a strong plot, good characters, and fast pacing. I’m so glad to have found a new author I like and would highly recommend to fans of the shows 24 and NCIS (sorry, I haven’t read many books like this and don’t know what to compare them to!). Glad to have branched out of my comfort zone and read this one!
* I received my copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest and fair review. I’ll also be hosting an Author Q&A+Giveaway in the upcoming weeks-stay tuned!