Book Review of “Before the Fall” by Noah Hawley


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. (from Amazon) 

I give this book a 3.75 out of 5 Stars

*I was given this book for free, in exchange for an honest review*

I read the synopsis for this book on Netgalley, and it really caught my attention. The idea of a media moguls family dying in a plane crash, with only one survivor of their family left, and a lower class person being the person that saved his life. I was prepared for a lot of secrets, corruption, and plot twists. I had a feeling that it was going to be more complex, than just a plane crash. I was not wrong. However, this book ended completely different from I had expected. It really left me wondering “What if what this writer says about airlines, and it employees could ring true?”

I have never read anything by Noah Hawley, nor have I seen the t.v. show Fargo, but I was very impressed with this book. He managed to write from a lot of different characters perspectives, without confusion, and without easily getting characters mixed up. I loved getting back story on every character, including the children’s. I thought it was a nice touch. It made me feel connected to them, and rooting for the good guy, as the press tried to turn him into a bad guy. Honestly this book will be placed high up on my recommended reading list.

“Everyone has their own path. The choices they’ve made. How any two people end up in the same place at the same time is a mystery. You get on an elevator with a dozen strangers. You ride a bus, wait in line for the bathroom. It happens every day. To try to predict the places we’ll go and the people we’ll meet would be pointless.”
Noah Hawley, Before the Fall


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