Before the Fall

Before the Fall

by Noah Hawley
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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

2017 Edgar Award Winner for Best Novel
2017 ITW Thriller Award Winner for Best Novel

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455561797
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 670
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Noah Hawley is an Emmy, Golden Globe, PEN, Critics' Choice, and Peabody Award-winning author, screenwriter, and producer. He has published four novels and penned the script for the feature film Lies and Alibis. He created, executive produced, and served as showrunner for ABC's My Generation and The Unusuals and was a writer and producer on the hit series Bones. Hawley is currently executive producer, award-winning series, Fargo, and Legion from FX Productions and Marvel Television.

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Before the Fall 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was not the thriller I thought it would be although there are some sensational parts to it. Instead it is an analysis of how people think, why they act as they do, and the outcome of their thoughts and actions . I would say it's a thought- filled book rather than a thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this in 2days. This is truly one of those "can't put it down" books. Awesome story by a talented author will keep you reading long into the night. WARNING: be prepared to lose sleep, because you will be saying to yourself "just one more page". Highly recommend!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly improbable plot, poor character development, too many unanswered questions plus the stilted manner in which characters' 'spoke' was irritating and distracting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do hope Sony decides to make this story into a movie - what a ride it will be!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and read through it, quickly, since I could hardly put it down. Great!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Could barely put it down...interesting, good flow, excellent writing, thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy a good story, interesting characters, and a great storyline. Kudos and thank you to the author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book in my opinion was not a thriller. It instead was a though provoking walk thru humanity in the face of tragedy. I could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed reading most of the uptothe climax then it went downhill fast. Ending if the book wasa real let down.
Anonymous 4 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book, never imagined the ending. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made it very hard to keep up with which character was which. Horrible ending. Drawn out. I've never written a book review but am now reviewing this one to let you know just skip right over this one. Ending was horrible. Plot was horrible. Never hated a book so much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story that kept me hating to put down..Highly recommend. Different
Anonymous 14 days ago
Absolutely amazing! Until the last chapter. I loved the story and the buildup but the ending was a new level of disappointment I never saw coming. Such great buildup only to just throw it all away with such a stupid unfulfilling ending.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Decent read! I really enjoyed it.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I couldn't put this book down!! It was spellbinding!
Mary Jo Tsitouris 5 months ago
A private plane, on it's way from Martha's Vineyard to New York, crashes in the ocean killing all but two of the passengers on board. One of the survivors is Scott Burroughs, an unknown painter on his way to New York to show his paintings, and is on board only due to a last minute invitation. The second survivor is a 4-year old boy, JJ, the son of the owners of the plane. Scott manages to swim to shore saving himself and the little boy. After that, the mystery begins to find out who could have caused the plane to crash. I liked the story line and the character development in this book. After each character's backstory, you are left wondering if he or she had something to do with the cause of the crash. Most of the characters were likable, but some irritated me so much I wanted to throw the book out the window (I refrained, it's a library book after all). I would have given the book 4 stars if it were not for the minor inconsistencies in the book. Nothing major, mostly dates and timelines. Nothing that another editing couldn't weed out. Over all, I really enjoyed this book but the ending did seem a little bit open ended.
Anonymous 8 months ago
At one point it At one point I told my husband, "If this book ended on the next page, I would still be satisfied." I thought it was that good throughout. I very much enjoyed the different characters' perspectives, as they created a very rich story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book, I really did, but I found it to be very anticlimactic and a waste of time. The author presents this as a plane ride gone wrong and there's so much potential for it to be such a good thriller but it ended up being all build up with a poor ending. I think the "survival" aspect of the story could have been drawn out more. The author switches back and forth between all the crew and passengers and tries to build these backstories for possible reasons the plane crashed.....and then picks literally the worst plot line to end the book with. Like I said, it was all build up and very anticlimactic.
NikkisNovelNiche More than 1 year ago
I started reading this anticipating that it would be dark, but within the depths of that darkness there was hope. Throughout the course of this story, I felt every emotion from despair to anger to frustration to relief. The story follows the lives of 2 well-to-do families and one painter who's emerging from a rough patch in his life. The painter, Scott Burroughs, was invited aboard the plane last minute by Maggie Bateman, whom he had previously showed his paintings to and had bumped into at the farmer's market the day of the flight. He hesitantly accepts her invitation and almost misses the flight. Also aboard are Maggie's husband, David, founder/creator of a massive news organization, their two children Rachel and JJ, their bodyguard and their two friends, Ben and Sarah Kipling. The plane crew consists of a pilot, co-pilot and one flight attendant. 16 minutes into the flight, the plane disappears off the radar without warning. Within an hour, search crews and investigators are on their way towards the spot the plane was last seen. At the same time, Scott Burroughs is emerging from the water and weighing his options when he hears the cries of a child. Among the pieces of the twisted plane wreckage he finds JJ Bateman, the 4-year old son of Maggie and David. Hoisting JJ upon his back, Scott begins the 10 mile swim back to New York with an injured shoulder and is thrust into the spotlight as a hero. It is at this point Mr. Hawley begins to weave his whodunit tale, introducing us to a wide-range of characters and their backstories. We meet the investigators, the flight crew, the bodyguard, Maggie Bateman's sister and her husband of only 77-days and the lead reporter from the news station David Bateman founded. Everyone (along with the reader) is left asking what happened to the plane and where are the rest of the bodies. Mr. Hawley artfully teases us throughout the book, taking us through numerous twist and turns - introducing us to the dark side of Scott Burroughs and his paintings and retelling the abduction of Rachel Bateman, Maggie & David's daughter. Was Scott Burroughs on the plane because of fate or is there something darker to his intentions? Did the bodyguard turn on the family? These are just a few of the million questions that will swirl through your head as you are reading. Interwoven throughout the plot is the same theme: the fact that we can not control all aspects of our lives and people we hardly know can have a long lasting impact. While we may not be able to control that impact we can control whether we fall and stay down or if we stand and persevere. I truly admire Scott Burroughs ability to stay grounded in the face of adversity and to pick himself up no matter what circumstances he faces. I felt myself rooting for him initially but soon found myself turning against him as I found out more of his history and saw the choices he began making after the crash. I questioned my own character judgement many times during this roller-coaster of a novel. Every character is developed perfectly and while I thoroughly enjoyed their back story, I was also driven mad by the fact that I just wanted to know what had happened. About half way through the book I thought I had figured out what happened but the story took another twist and and with only 40 or 50 pages left I thought I would be left forever wondering who or what was to blame. Bravo Noah Hawley!
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
this book was this months pick for my Senior Center Book Club, I LOVED the book! Great pick, it all comes together before the end which was a surprise.
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GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I had mixed feelings about this book. There were parts that seemed to drag and then I would get pulled right back into the story. I definitely liked it, but not sure if I really liked it, so it is a 3.5 stars for me. Eleven people from various walks of life are all on a private jet plane when it crashes into the ocean travelling between Martha's Vineyard and New York. The flight crew of 3, 2 very wealthy men and their spouses, 2 children, a bodyguard and a recovering alcoholic artist are all aboard when the plane ends up in the ocean only minutes after takeoff. Two unexpected survivors manage to swim to shore in the middle of the night, in the fog and the rough ocean waters. Scott Burroughs, representative of everyman swims to shore with a dislocated shoulder carrying a four year old boy on his back. He becomes an instant hero. When he does not want to appear for interviews, the media takes a turn for the worse. This book is not about the crash of the plane, it is about the lives of the people aboard the plane leading up to the crash and the life after for the two survivors. Yes, there is an investigation, yes there is a race to recover the "black box" and cockpit voice recorder, but that is not the story being told here. This book is about how life can mold and change you affecting the decisions you make in later life. It is about reaping what you sow, it is about the goodness and honesty of man and how the media can twist all of the above. The character of the television personality was one that I loved to hate. He had his own agenda and twisted everything to that end. Illegal telephone tapping was ignored for the bottom line. The relationships between the passengers was not developed, but their relationships in their lives and how they brought them to this point were explained. The chapters were split between the past and the present. It was easy enough to follow once I got into the story. I liked it, but would have liked it to have gone on longer to show what happens between Scott and the boy. Do they have a relationship in the future? What happens to him and his aunt? A satisfactory read but not one that I loved. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
19269684 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you can read a book and find yourself wanting to toss it across the room! It's that realistically possible. Then there are books that make you angry and want to reach within the lines and create sense to senseless. Both happened to me with this book! I found myself in the midst of The Feels and there was nothing I could do but to finish the read. I did too. Really fast... Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley, is fast-paced, thrilling and full of emotions that pull you into the story. You see things happening before your eyes, in vivid images that allow you to become entranced wishing the story. He's a great author and helped me find appreciation in his work enough to grab another novel. I think you'll enjoy this one too. The story is about several people- most of them die early in the story. But it's the story that lead to their deaths that make the story! On a small, private plane, nine people travel, but the plane crashes. There are only two survivors, a 4-year old boy and an artist who didn't belong. Then Hawley takes you on a journey, giving the reader insight from the world's view as well as each person who was on that plane. It may sound crazy, going back and forth, but when you begin to see how their lives intermingled and how things happened the way they did- you can't help but continue to turn page after page, till its over! I loved it. I do have to say, I wanted a bit more at the end. It was a great ending, don't get me wrong. It was superb, but I'd have loved to have received just a bit more information on what happened next? All in all, Before the Fall was an excellent book. Check it out as I move on to the next read. For the full review: *Fellside is next. **Book published by Grand Central Publishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago