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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Jun 19, 2018

The novel examines contemporary society, especially the role of the media in disasters. I felt the novel was a little too drawn out and the ending was disappointing.

Apr 21, 2018

In case you don't read the quote section, in my opinion, the best part of the book is: "An engineer sees only practical design; function over form. It’s not a question of optimism or pessimism, a glass half full or half empty. To an engineer, the glass is simply too big." Isn't that wonderful? I work with engineers so this caught my eye-you can use it any time!

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

ArapahoeChristine 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.

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Apr 21, 2018

"An engineer sees only practical design; function over form. It’s not a question of optimism or pessimism, a glass half full or half empty. To an engineer, the glass is simply too big."

ArapahoeChristine 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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ArapahoeChristine Aug 11, 2017

ArapahoeChristine thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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