Before The Fall by Noah HawleyBefore The Fall by Noah Hawley

Before The Fall

byNoah Hawley

Hardcover | May 31, 2016

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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."

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 produce...
Title:Before The FallFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:May 31, 2016Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1455561789

ISBN - 13:9781455561780


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating novel This book was a very unique story. It is a thriller, mystery, and keeps you guessing. Not only that, but there are some great philosophical ideas in here! Lots to take away from this one, although it is a fairly slow book.
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it I really enjoyed this book. I thought the narration was well done and the story drew me in. I like how the author kept you guessing what happened right until the very end. My only complaint was how much each persons backstory dragged on.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Mystery with mild suspense but also philosophical? Hard to describe but a very good read.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid, Observant; Character-driven Mystery Great fast-paced read. Took a little to get into, but ultimately proved to be excellent summer reading material. Glad to hear they've optioned the film rights.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Before the Fall Loved this book! Very well written. I had a hard time putting it down, I just wanted to know why it all happened.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it This book was amazing. It started out with a bunch of people on a plane when all of a sudden the plane crashes. Out of the eleven people on the plane the only two to survive the crash are Scott, and a four year old boy. The book jumps around a bit between before the crash and what is happening during it. I enjoyed this book because I found the main characters very well written. This was another survival adventure book that yet again was perfectly done. I found it very creative and had a great flow to it. The story sucked me in and didn't let go until the last page was read. Yet another well done thriller to add to the list. Check it out if you haven't already.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Although I had never heard of this writer, I was in the mood for something different and this book didn't disappoint. I will look for more from this author.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging Was a really engaging, well-written book by a well-known tv writer.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good, except... ... could have been even better. I was drawn into the story very quickly, couldn't wait to read what would happen next. Not surprising, considering Hawley writes for Hollywood. In fact, as I read through this, it occurred to me that each chapter seemed to read like an episode of a TV series. Well-shaped characters, just enough twists to keep you thinking. And then you get to the season finale. And you're left feeling a little unsatisfied. Given the strength of the rest of the story, it seemed a bit weak, almost like the author was near the end and had to come up with something. As a reader, I hoped for and expected better. Some aspects of this book were left unresolved and I wished parts of the story were connected better (or differently), but maybe those feelings of "wonder" or "what if" are meant to be part of the intrigue. An overall enjoyable read though, and I would still recommend this book despite my disappointment with parts of it. I'm fairly certain there is a movie/tv version in the planning stages.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read GReat book - a bit of a slow start for me but overall enjoyable and by midpoint, couldn't put the book down. Looking to read more by this author
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Going into this book, you know right away that there is a plane crash, and that one man and one boy survive. A great concept to then go back and delve into the lives of the other passengers, as well as the two survivors in order to figure out just what caused the plane to crash. Was it an accident? Terrorism? Plane malfunction? Pilot error? So many possibilities. You are kept guessing until the very end. The characters are very well developed, and the plot is amazing. My favorite characters were Gus, one of the investigators, and Scott, the man who survived. I thought this was a fabulous thriller, and would recommend highly to anyone who is a fan of the mystery/thriller genre. 5 Stars
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Summer Read The cover of this novel as well as the blurb on the front that promises 'suspense' definitely sets a certain expectation for this novel. However, this was not at all the cliche novel that I was expecting. I can understand that this is a thriller, although that's not entirely accurate, either. This is exactly the type of book I hope to read on summer vacation: gripping and engaging but enough commentary on modern life to be thought provoking. Hawley's experience in television and cinema definitely shows, not only in the themes but also the cinematic feeling of the book that makes it so easily digestible. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average This was just an average novel. I was a bit disappointed in it.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Before the Fall by Noah Hawley Reading "Before the Fall", I started to wonder 'when' ( what years?), did the integrity in journalism take a turn? This is a fiction story --- yet the author gets so much right about the creation of fabrication in journalism. "Reinvention used to be a tool of the artist..... to take reality and repurpose it, bend it to an idea.... It was the kingdom of make-believe. A useful tool for the artist...a dangerous tool for the journalist.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay This was a middle of the road book for me. It didn't really flow and the ending didn't connect to the major plot enough for me.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was alright The beginning was really good, so I thought it would have a good ending. Turns out, it was pretty uneventful and just full of useless details.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Very original good plot but it was a very abrupt ending. I didn't foresee the stewardess moving to the forefront like that good plot detail
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Original Plot This book was interesting right from the get go. The author is very clever weaving in bits of history and interesting facts into the plot. He tells the backstory of each individual that could conceivably be involved in the crash. It is a very unique style and kept me reading on and on. It was not just plot driven but there was also substance to each character.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could have had more... I loved the beginning of this book- had real promise for lots of twists and turns, but it was almost as if the author lost interest halfway through and did not care as much about keeping us readers intrigued as he could have. It was still a good read, but I felt it could have been great.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great start but... This book sucked me in from the first paragraph and although the first part was great I felt that some of the story lines never went anywhere. It was a good read but it could have been a great read. I was disappointed and lost interest as I made my way through the book.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On a Foggy summer night...... "if you feel up to it, we'd like to ask you some questions about the flight" What a thoroughly absorbing, different, intriguing, suspenseful and enjoyable book told very well. This book is written in a very ingenious style. The main character Scott is a super likable and very real character. I also really liked the character of Gus from the NTSB Yes the tragedy of the main storyline of the book happens early but its how the author tells the before and after that makes this book so very good. It was a fast read, but only because I was enjoying it so much that I wanted to keep diving back in when I stopped. Will anxiously await this authors next book on whatever topic he writes.
Date published: 2016-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "We all have stories, our lives unfolding along crooked lines, colliding in unexpected ways." Noah Hawley is an incredibly talented writer. His highly anticipated new novel, Before the Fall, releases today. And I have two copies to giveaway to two lucky readers! Eleven people board a private plane for a short flight from Martha's Vineyard to New York City. Sixteen minutes into the flight the plane crashes. The only survivors are a four year old boy and the last minute addition to the flight - a down on his luck painter. The three crew members, the wealthy owner, his wife, daughter, bodyguard as well as his also wealthy friend and his wife all perish. The media storm surrounding the survivors is immediate. As the search for the plane and bodies gets underway, speculation, theories and conspiracies abound.....with the media providing ample fuel. Hawley takes us back to before the plane crashes - exploring each character's past until the moment they step on the plane. Each person's story is rich and full. This is what I love about Hawley's writing - the completeness of it. Even though we only have a short time to hear each character's voice before the crash, their backstories keep them firmly in the present. But it was Scott and young JJ that held me enthralled as they try to come to terms with having survived and navigate the media circus. As more details and confirmations emerge from the present investigation, each 'before' story adds another possible reason or act that could have contributed to or caused the crash. Which character is it? Or was it simply an accident? That mystery is only revealed in the final few chapters. "Everyone is from someplace. We all have stories, our lives unfolding along crooked lines, colliding in unexpected ways." Hawley delivers a blistering look at how media shapes our opinions, our lives and the public's thirst for sensational and lurid details about someone else's life. A sense of entitlement to know and expose those details to the world. And how that can affect lives and outcomes. The publisher has attached the 'thriller' label to this book. I don't quite agree with that, but I do agree that it's a heck of a good read.
Date published: 2016-05-31

Editorial Reviews

"[A] soapy, scary, ripped-from-the-headlines story...The answers are ultimately satisfying and heartbreaking."-The Plain Dealer Online