Before the Fall

Before the Fall

eBook - 2016
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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."

Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
ISBN: 9781455562473
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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A riveting and fast-paced story about a small-engine plane crash with only two survivors -- a man/artist, and a boy who is the son of a billionaire. Accident or sabotage? Interesting characters exhibit familiar personalities similar to well-known celebrities. Davonne


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furlan
Jun 19, 2018

The novel examines contemporary society, especially the role of the media in disasters. I felt the novel was a little too drawn out and the ending was disappointing.

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books3819
Apr 21, 2018

In case you don't read the quote section, in my opinion, the best part of the book is: "An engineer sees only practical design; function over form. It’s not a question of optimism or pessimism, a glass half full or half empty. To an engineer, the glass is simply too big." Isn't that wonderful? I work with engineers so this caught my eye-you can use it any time!

You should know that calling this a "thriller" is a bit of a stretch. It is more of a character study, with chapters focusing on each person on the airplane and their connections to each other and to the events leading up the crash. If you enjoy going deep into the psyche of individuals, check this out. If you want a survival story and whodunit, look elsewhere.

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firebird770
Jan 15, 2018

I found that the plot moved rather slowly and there were parts that were uncomfortable to read and what I felt were unnecessary but all in all, I enjoyed it.

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lucky13_0
Jan 15, 2018

Pointless book about a group of people killed in a plane crash none of whom I could care about.

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cherymcginness
Dec 29, 2017

Survivor of plan crash saves a four year old boy

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jontalk
Dec 02, 2017

Overall, the story is paced nicely and characters intriguing, though like most others here, the ending is disappointing. Given that Noah is a show runner for many Emmy award winning TV series and a seasoned novelist, it's somewhat surprising he couldn't come up with a twist for the ending.

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ailenemc
Sep 03, 2017

Started out well enough with an interesting storyline. But then I felt like the wheels came off and hated the ending. I can't recommend this book

ArapahoeChristine Aug 11, 2017

This book started and ended well! The bulk of it was kind of pointless though, I feel like the author was just filling the pages.

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maggiepcurtis
Aug 02, 2017

A good, suspense filled read. Found myself wanted to get to the end to find the answer to the mystery.

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books3819
Apr 21, 2018

"An engineer sees only practical design; function over form. It’s not a question of optimism or pessimism, a glass half full or half empty. To an engineer, the glass is simply too big."

ArapahoeChristine Jul 22, 2017

What is she looking for, this woman? Is it merely a way out? A clear and sensible path to safety? Or has she lost something? Someone? In that moment, when gentle rocking turned into cannonball ricochet, did she go from wife and mother, from sister or girlfriend, from daughter or paramour to refugee? A fulfilled and happy we to a stunned and grieving I?

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ArapahoeChristine Aug 11, 2017

ArapahoeChristine thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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