Before the Fall

Before the Fall

A Novel

Book - 2016
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The stories of ten wealthy victims of a plane crash intertwine with those of a down-on-his-luck painter and a four-year-old boy, the tragedy's only survivors, as odd coincidences surrounding the crash point to a possible conspiracy.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455561780
Branch Call Number: FIC Hawle
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 24 cm.


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smc01 Feb 13, 2017

I really enjoyed this novel - quite a page turner with believable, well-drawn characters. Scott, who survives the plane crash and saves a young boy is a memorable hero. Hawley does a great job of introducing the back stories of his characters, revealing their motivations and helping to explain t... Read More »

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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!

JCLColleenO Jul 06, 2017

A private jet takes off from Martha's Vineyard for the New York City area with a family of four aboard, plus another couple, a security guard, a crew of three, and a forty-something painter who was invited along on a kindly impulse. Eighteen minutes later the plane has crashed into Long Island Sound, killing everybody on board except for the painter, Scott Burroughs, who swims through the night with the only other survivor, a four-year-old boy, on his back. This character-driven novel is part mystery, part thriller--but somehow it all fits. Just when you think you’re getting answers for the reason behind the crash, the author switches characters on you. Hawley proves to be a master of weaving together pieces of a puzzle that he’s already solved in a way that teases the reader, so putting down the book before the reader is satisfied is simply out of the question. I really enjoyed this book!

May 22, 2017

Interesting story with a very disappointing and cliched end. The structure, going back in time to give back stories, kept me going, but the writing was sometimes embarrassingly bad. Guess it's because he's mostly a script writer! I agree that it's overrated.

Apr 23, 2017

I was caught up in this book from beginning to end, and I love the unresolved ending. I kept getting visions of Fox News and Bill O’Reilly as I read about the abrasive news commentator Bill Cunningham. How a mysterious plane crash involving the head of a conservative TV news channel is used by Cunningham to increase his audience and the comeuppance he gets at the end by the lone adult survivor of the crash who points out on air how phones were illegally tapped to get information is great. I love books with clear heroes and villains.

PimaLib_SueJ Mar 22, 2017

I read that this book might become a movie. Better check it out now while you can. A great read, I highly recommend it.

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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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