Before the Fall

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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."

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Before the Fall - Noah Hawley Reviews

  • Strong start, then dies a slow boring death...

    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...

    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!

    By Cathey Miller
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
  • Disappointing

    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

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

    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

    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

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

    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.

    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.

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