Before the Fall

Before the Fall

By Noah Hawley

  • Release Date: 2016-05-31
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
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Description

Winner of the 2017 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL and the 2017 INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL

FROM THE AWARD-WINNING CREATOR OF FARGO COMES "ONE THE YEAR'S BEST SUSPENSE NOVELS" (NEW YORK TIMES).

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 the painter Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

Was it by chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something more sinister at work? A storm of media attention brings Scott fame that quickly morphs into notoriety and accusations, and he scrambles to salvage truth from the wreckage. Amid trauma and chaos, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy grows and glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, morality, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

Kristin Hannah raves, "Noah Hawley really knows how to keep a reader turning the pages... a complex, compulsively readable thrill ride of a novel."

Reviews

  • Before The Fall

    1
    By Sawdustmaker100
    Not what you I've come to expect from an Edgar winner. It lacked originality, suspense, and plot twists. Disappointed.
  • Strong start, then dies a slow boring death...

    2
    By Longhorn5555
    Enjoyed the beginning fine, but the middle was absolutely mind numbingly boring... chapter after chapter of irrelevant insight, background and musings with as much appeal as reading the phone book... maybe it finishes with a bang, but I'll never know, because I simply couldn't finish it... and, importantly, I couldnt care less... because the characters were boring.
  • 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!

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