Before the Fall

Before the Fall

Book - 2016
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From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics' Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo comes the thriller of the year.

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 Scott Burroughs--the painter--and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash 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 tragedy heightens. As the passengers' intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy. Was it merely by 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. And while Scott struggles to cope with fame that borders on notoriety, the authorities scramble to salvage the truth from the wreckage.

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.

Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
ISBN: 9781455561780
Characteristics: 391 pages


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ehbooklover Feb 28, 2017

A well written thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page. There were several characters that I loved as well as a couple that I loved to hate. Many interesting themes were discussed, but I especially liked the way that the author handled the parts of the plot that focu... Read More »

debwalker Jun 10, 2016

My book of the summer (so far). Compulsive read of literary fiction quality. And because your fear of flying needs some topping-up!

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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.

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.

Jan 15, 2018

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

Dec 29, 2017

Survivor of plan crash saves a four year old boy

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.

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

AL_CHRISTINE 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.

Aug 02, 2017

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

Jul 19, 2017

This book was too slow and the plot was left wanting. I finished it, but it was a struggle. I kept thinking that the plot was going to get better but it never did. Not the worst book I've ever read, but far from good.

AL_HANNAH Jul 10, 2017

A true suspense guaranteed to leave you intrigued until the very end!

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AL_CHRISTINE 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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