Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Last Updated on December 29, 2017 by ellen

Life has slowed down now that summer’s here and I’m so glad I had the chance to read Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. This novel was a Book of the Month Club selection for June. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley is the story of a small plane crash, the lives of the people involved in it and the investigation into the cause. I received this book for Before the Fall by Noah Hawleyreview. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

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.

My thoughts:

I loved reading about the lives of the ten privileged passengers on the plane. The book begins with the crash and then goes back and gives you more information about each person and what their lives and involvement with the other passengers was. In the beginning, I was positive that I knew what caused the plane crash. As the story went on, I started to wonder if I was right. Then I changed my mind entirely and still managed to be wrong. Each page you turn gives you more information and keeps you guessing until the very end. This is definitely a book that makes for perfect summer reading (just not while you’re flying).

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10 thoughts on “Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

  1. Sounds like a very intriguing story. I don’t ever get the time to read, but the description of the story line made me wish it was a movie to watch! I know…. if I have time to watch a movie, I could be reading. I also have to pause my movies a thousand times due to interruption 😉

  2. Summer seems to have just made me more busy! I’ll for sure be adding this to my reading pile though, it sounds fantastic! Good thing I have my plane trip behind me for the year though 😉

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