Before the Fall

Before the Fall

by Noah Hawley


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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 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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455561797
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 26,262
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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Michael Cunningham

BEFORE THE FALL is a ravishing and riveting beauty of a thriller. It's also a deep exploration of desire, betrayal, creation, family, fate, mortality, and rebirth. It's one part Dennis Lehane, one part Dostoevsky. I was spellbound from first page to last; I haven't fully recovered yet. --MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM, PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE HOURS

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Before the Fall 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 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
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 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
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 More than 1 year ago
A story that kept me hating to put down..Highly recommend. Different
Anonymous 4 months ago
I hadn’t expected a mystery in this book, and I enjoyed that, wondering what happened.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Loved it! Beautifully written and complex. A very enjoyable summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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
Kentucky me interested till the very last page! Definitely recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best novel ive read in a long time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was tragic and suspenseful. It's a story about a common man finding his way to courage.
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
I knew that having just been to Martha's Vineyard was not reason enough to buy this book, but I was hoping it would add a layer of enjoyment to the reading. Turns out very little happens on the island, though that does not in any way detract from the quality of the writing. For the most part, it is a tale well told, with strong, believable characters and sharp pacing - the chapter breaks serve more to draw the reader inexorably on than to suggest a pause. Much of the media coverage of the incident is sadly familiar given today's 24 hour news cycle. Unfortunately, the denouement was disappointing, enough so to drop this from a five-star to a three-star (maybe three and a half, if fractions were permitted), perhaps in comparison to the strength of the rest of the novel, but a disappointment nonetheless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be prepared to be swept away. You'll feel as if you've lived with the characters and their thoughts through turns of events. The crescendo is built so that you have to keep going to the end. An armchair adrenal rush!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic read, I had trouble putting it down. ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters, good story, wanted to keep reading. I would recommend -- very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Decent read! I really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down!! It was spellbinding!
Mary Jo Tsitouris More than 1 year 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.