Before the Fall - Noah Hawley

Before the Fall

By Noah Hawley

  • Release Date: 2016-05-31
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
4
From 724 Ratings

Description

New York Times Bestseller

From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics' Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo comes the thriller of the year.

On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs--the painter--and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members--including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot--the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens. As the passengers' intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy. Was it merely by dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations. And while Scott struggles to cope with fame that borders on notoriety, the authorities scramble to salvage the truth from the wreckage.

Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

*Includes Reading Group Guide*

Reviews

  • Well written, but...

    2
    By DOOMShooter
    The book was well written. The author constructed some great ideas that brought situations to life. However, most of the book was unnecessary and boring. The mystery dragged with very little payoff. Too many characters as well.
  • Great read!

    5
    By Cathey Miller
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
  • Disappointing

    2
    By happiness377
    The first 80% of the book was very good. The ending completely ruined it. The author spun an intriguing tale that implied so much more, then all of a sudden the reader is hit over the head with a bland and undeserved ending leaving all the intrigue behind. This is by no means a "suspenseful thriller."
  • Worse book

    5
    By Libnnnn
    A waste of my time and money. Don't bother!
  • Totally Over-rated!

    2
    By 527kevin
    OK, I got through about 50 pages before saying “I just don’t care…” Sloppy prose, not really believable dialogue…I honestly don’t get all the rave reviews…even as an easy summer read, it just didn’t hold my interest...
  • Before the fall

    3
    By Peg1gy
    A very good read, lots of build up, and tension. But the end is a let down as it is too simple for the story. Before The Fall left me wanting to know more about the lives of all who died. Too bad it had a trite ending.
  • Before the fall

    1
    By Lesliekt
    Worst. Book. Ever.
  • Suspense at its best

    5
    By TxRose80
    This is a great story, not to be missed by those who love a mystery and try to solve it before the reveal!
  • Poor editing, predictable, ho-hum sort of book.

    2
    By shewho5516
    Reading this book while vacationing in Montauk, NY made this book quite problematic for me. So many basic facts are wrong, inconsistent with reality and make a reader wonder if the author even bothered to go to Montauk before choosing this location. How can significant events take place in a remote trendy resort town that has in reality no hospital and no places even remotely resembling places in the story line's past or current time lines. I found many of the characters quite unbelievable and contrived. Honestly felt that this was a poorly written work by an author who can do better. Perhaps the fact that I'd just read The Underground Railroad and the new Harry Potter play made this novel even worse. This is a mediocre effort that I found a complete waste of time.
  • Loved the book! ...right up until the last couple of pages....

    4
    By Yer Mots a Dog
    Great story. Very well written. I really liked the structure of the book too: intertwining current events and past events. I was emotionally invested in the main character. If you want a well-written whodunnit with social commentary on our current news/media then this is for you. My only gripe is that the end felt unrealistic to me and not up to the standard of the rest of the book. It also feels like the end is rushed and incomplete. But read the book anyway. It's a smart page-turner.