On a foggy summer night, eleven people–ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter–depart Martha’s Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the passengers disappear 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 a wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.
With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the tragedy 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 crash heightens. As the passengers’ intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy: Was it merely 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–all while the reader draws closer and closer to uncovering the truth.
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.
Rating: 5 stars
WOW! Before the Fall by Noah Hawley is phenomenal…outright stunning. Readers will be sucked in deep from the first page and held captive until the ending. Truly a remarkable suspense thriller that shows readers what the media can do after a big tragedy occurs…Only two survivors. A man and one boy survive and readers will be blown away as the magnificent plot unfolds.
The mystery of what caused the tragedy to occur and the unending of media sharks makes this a compelling read. The suspense hangs like a thick and heavy blanket. Readers will keep turning the pages until they find out how it all ends. Inside this riveting book, Noah Hawley talentedly spins many wonderful themes that readers will enjoy. Many of these include fate, family, and betrayal. Before the Fall is fast-paced and one thriller that readers won’t be forgetting. Everything from the danger, disaster, and the two survivors will hold readers’ attention unlike any other book, known to man. Readers can easily connect, sympathize, and get lost, into this masterfully woven story. Overall, I loved this masterpiece by Noah Hawley, and I look forward to reading more by this writer.