Before the Fall - Noah Hawley

Before the Fall

By Noah Hawley

  • Publication Date: 2016-05-31
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 884 Ratings)

Book Overview



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."

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Users Reviews

  • Juvenile and anticlimactic

    By Ssaarraahh2277
    I have to think that the positive reviews for this book were mostly paid or in exchange for a free product. It really is that bad. The author clearly represents himself through the main character, who has little to no impact on the plot in the end. He just rambles through the story aimlessly, becoming increasingly more unlikable until you really can’t stand to hear what he has to say anymore. After finally deciding to give up and just skim my way through the last 50 pages or so, I have to laugh because the ending has nothing to do with the buildup, but at the same time, it’s also not a twist or a surprise. In that, the book is truly original. I feel like I’ve just read someone’s journal of miscellaneous, unedited ponderings and high school-level “story” ideas. I’m not usually so mean, but I feel insulted that I was lead to believe this would be a good read and wasted my money and time on it, and that apparently ratings can’t be trusted at all anymore.
  • Generally good, but begged for a seasoned copy editor.

    By InvictusRose
    Many annoying and distracting errors that should have been caught in the editing process. i.e. A funeral takes place in a Jewish cemetery (Mount Zion), complete with a rabbi presiding, as the reader is instructed to notice the many statues of the Madonna, as well as a large Friar wielding a cross, all occupying the same space. Just a lot of small errors of characters contradicting themselves or behaving in ways that seemed arbitrary. I found myself paging back too many times to see if I might have misread, only to find otherwise. Other times I felt, as many others have noted, that the author fell in love with the sound of own voice (metaphorically speaking), writing ponderous descriptions of relatively minor subjects or scenes. This is a very good book. It could have easily have been a great one.
  • Loved it, read it

    By Cool apples
    I recognized the strong writing in this book immediately. From the very first page you're pulled into this cast of characters who just live in your brain until its end. I specifically liked how we were introduced to the catastrophic event before we knew the characters. Most writers would have adopted the opposite flow but because Hawley's choice in my opinion really made the book more interesting. I never guessed "who did it" even though there were a limited amount of characters to choose from. I now want to read all of Noah Hawley's novels. Thank you for the entertainment Mr. Hawley!
  • Do Not Waste Your Time

    By S in Austin
    Read all the bad reviews. They describe it quite well. Wordy, superficial, slow and unbelieveable. Unfortunately, I did not read them before I bought it.
  • Before The Fall

    By Sawdustmaker100
    Not what you I've come to expect from an Edgar winner. It lacked originality, suspense, and plot twists. Disappointed.
  • Strong start, then dies a slow boring death...

    By Longhorn5555
    Enjoyed the beginning fine, but the middle was absolutely mind numbingly boring... chapter after chapter of irrelevant insight, background and musings with as much appeal as reading the phone book... maybe it finishes with a bang, but I'll never know, because I simply couldn't finish it... and, importantly, I couldnt care less... because the characters were boring.
  • Well written, but...

    By DOOMShooter
    The book was well written. The author constructed some great ideas that brought situations to life. However, most of the book was unnecessary and boring. The mystery dragged with very little payoff. Too many characters as well.
  • Great read!

    By Cathey Miller
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
  • Disappointing

    By happiness377
    The first 80% of the book was very good. The ending completely ruined it. The author spun an intriguing tale that implied so much more, then all of a sudden the reader is hit over the head with a bland and undeserved ending leaving all the intrigue behind. This is by no means a "suspenseful thriller."
  • Worse book

    By Libnnnn
    A waste of my time and money. Don't bother!