Before the Fall


Author: Noah Hawley
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing 

Summary: A private plane crashes on its way from Martha's Vineyard to New York City, leaving only two survivors: a young boy who has lost his entire family & a painter whose connection to the rest of the plan is questionable. As the search continues for the plane & the bodies of those assumed to be deceased, the book goes in flashbacks to each of the passengers' lives as the cause of the crash is investigated. Was this an accident? Or did something happen to intentionally crash the plane?

Review: The suspense of what happened on the plane & what secrets did the people on the plane hold keeps you reading way past your bedtime (it did for me!). The book is incredibly well written & each character has a clear voice. Character development was certainly the best part of this novel.




Scott, the painter, not only survives but he manages to rescues the boy by swimming him across the Hudson. He goes from initial hero to possible suspect as the reasons for him being on the plane are unclear & his link to the rest of the passengers cause the media to begin to question him. How he handles the fame, the blurry memories of the crash & his feelings of protectiveness over the boy is truly the best part of the book.

But the ending. No spoilers but I am still unsure how I feel about the ending. While it was a surprise it also felt very contrived. This was especially frustrating as the novel is so beautifully written that having an unbelievable ending was a major letdown. 

I would say it's still worth a read, especially since I can see the ending having a range of reactions (perfect for a summertime book club?).


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