Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Before the Fall

On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the passengers disappear 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 a wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the tragedy and the ...


Details Before the Fall

TitleBefore the Fall
ISBN9781455561780
Author
Release DateMay 31st, 2016
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages391 pages
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook
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Reviews Before the Fall

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2016-06-28
    Find all my reviews on my blog: https://thesuspenseisthrillingme.com4.5 STARS (Rounded to 5 on Goodreads)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 me...
  • Maggie Stiefvater
    2017-01-19
    It's difficult for me to recommend thrillers to non-thriller readers. I grew up reading them and so have a high tolerance for the genre conventions. You know, men named Jack or Tom who will later be played by Denzel Washington or Liam Neeson. Shadowy figures from whichever country your grandpa thinks is sketchy. We need YOU, civilian man with no training, to help us with this investigation, or it will all fall apart. Machine guns referred to by b...
  • Elyse
    2016-05-20
    UPDATE.........On sale today for $3.99 (Kindle special)...........I'm jealous! lol.... I paid full price! The movie rights have been signed. So---if you have been considering this book --the price is good at the moment.I'm sure the price will go back up again just before the movie comes out. (we are on to you, Amazon)...ha!"No French philosopher living or dead could convince Jack LaLanne that the problem of man were existential. It was a matter o...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2016-01-21
    A small private jet is leaving Martha's Vineyards, on it is one of the richest guys in politics (I never figured out what he really did) and his wife and two small children. Also included are another rich guy who has been doing some shady business deals and his wife, a poor painter that rich guy number one's wife be-friended and offered a ride and the crew and bodyguards. Sixteen minutes after the plane takes off it crashes.There is only two surv...
  • Diane S ☔
    2016-05-24
    A plane crash, eleven on board, only two survive, Scott a painter with a troubled past and the young boy, J.J. that he manages to save. Like when the Malaysia aircraft went down, there is speculation about why, who. Controversial figures were onboard this plane, could they have been targeted? Is Scott a hero or villain? Either way he has lost his right to privacy.Not an edge of your seat page turner but rather a behind the scenes look at the talk...
  • Justin
    2016-12-17
    First, let's talk about the cover of Before the Fall because this has to go down as one of the worst book covers of 2016, maybe the decade, maybe of all time. I checked this book out three times from the library and the first two times I couldn't even bring myself to read it. I would pick it up, look at that bland, lifeless cover with big, stupid letters and oh boy check it out the word "fall" looks like it's actually falling and the whole thing ...
  • Kemper
    2016-04-10
    The main reason I wanted to read this is because I’m such a huge fan of the TV show Fargo. Noah Hawley is the main producer and writer responsible for transforming the great Coen brothers’ movie into something that has risen to the top of my viewing list even during this Golden Age of Television which has filled so many DVRs. If you haven’t seen it yet then watch it right now. Go on. We’ll wait. It’s only two seasons of ten episodes eac...
  • Linda O'Donnell
    2016-02-01
    I received a copy of Before the Fall by Noah Hawley through NetGalley. My thanks to Grand Central Publishing and to Noah Hawley for the opportunity."Everyone is from someplace. We all have stories, our lives unfolding along crooked lines, colliding in unexpected ways."When a private jet goes down into the vastness of the ocean on its way to New York, eleven people are caught up in the buzzing headlines of that ill-fated day. Neither fame nor plus...
  • Zoeytron
    2016-02-28
    A copy of this was furnished to me by Net Galley in exchange for a review. This is a story of the crash of a private airplane into the ocean, the two who survived, and the ones who did not. More mystery than thriller, it focuses on what brought down the plane, the arrogance of money, and the sleazy journalism tactics employed while reporting the story. Remember when the news on television really was news, with stories confirmed by more than one s...
  • Jill
    2016-02-16
    There is no doubt in my mind that Noah Hawley has a summer blockbuster on his hands. This is the kind of book that I would recommend, without qualification, to both my literary friends and those who simply love to get lost in a page-turning thriller. The framework of the book is simple enough: one summer night, a plane takes off carrying the head of a major television network (think: Fox News) and his family, a soon-to-be-indicted wealthy money l...
  • Carol
    2016-05-27
    This is one novel I truly wish I could rate 3.5 Stars. There were parts I could not put down and others I could have passed by, but, bottom line, had to find out what happened.BEFORE THE FALL begins with the crash of a private plane and the heroics of one man, then reverts to give background stories of each of the 11 passengers and crew members telling how they came to be on the downed aircraft. With each story, the reader is provided with possib...
  • Paromjit
    2016-05-20
    A private plane with 11 people on board crashes into the ocean. There are two survivors, recovering alcoholic and painter, Scott, and a young boy, JJ, the last of an extremely powerful media family. We are given backstories of the crew and passengers, there is intrigue and all manner of unsubstantiated claims are made to fuel the never ending fires of the story. There is a satirical take on the realities of today's media and how it operates. It t...
  • Stephanie
    2016-05-27
    4 stars - fast-paced and interesting read! Before the Fall is a quick read that touched my emotions on all levels. It starts out with a private plane taking off out of Martha's Vineyard flying to New York -- has some high-powered passengers -- 2 wealthy couples, the 2 children of one of the couples... also the pilot, co-pilot, stewardess, security guy / bodyguard, and then -- Scott, a struggling ex-alcoholic painter (who had been invited late a...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2016-06-17
    A private jet carrying eleven people crashes into the ocean on its way from Martha's Vineyard to NYC. Against all odds, one of the passengers, Scott Burroughs, a fine art painter, survives the crash, finds the one other survivor, the four year old son of the executive who chartered the plane, and starts to swim ten miles to shore with the boy. Something brushes against his leg.He freezes, starts to sink, then has to kick his legs to stay afloat.S...
  • Kelli
    2016-06-18
    I read much of this and listened to some of it on audio. To me it felt very much like a screenplay. I kept thinking of Lost, more because of the backstories than the plane crash. All tell and no show, I didn't find this overly compelling and I found the segments with the "newscaster" very realistic but exhausting. 3 stars.
  • LeAnne
    2016-11-24
    What an excellent surprise, this book that is more observational philosophy than mystery! I was expecting your average three star mystery surrounding the events of a plane crash, but this story was really about the meaning of appearances versus reality. Ted Turner, Rupert Murdoch, and Larry King are morphed with other contemporary news "personalities" to essentially slur the 24-hour news cycle and all those who feed its machinery. King's infamous...
  • Robin
    2017-02-02
    I'm a little late to this party, as this was one of 2016's "it" thrillers. This is written by Noah Hawley, who in addition to writing four other novels, is also an award winning television screenwriter, and wrote and produced the awesome tv series Fargo. As is quite evident by the book's cover, Before the Fall tells the mysterious story of a plane crash, in a private jet on its way to New York over the Atlantic ocean. Why did the plane crash? Was...
  • Debbie
    2016-05-27
    Funny how a book can start out so good, still have me interested half way through, then go downhill. I was fascinated by the plane crash, and how two people managed to survive. The story took an interesting twist as one of the survivors is questioned, could he have had something to do with it? What ensues is a character study of the adult members of the plane. I didn't really mind this, but felt the thrill fading. A lot of interesting questions w...
  • Melisa
    2016-06-09
    This is a clear cut case of "it's not you, it's me." This book was not for me, please take my review with a grain of salt.I was under the impression that this was a thriller/suspense novel, and I didn't get that vibe at all from this book. It was quite slow in parts, and though there is the mystery of the plane crash, I came to the point of not even caring what happened. It is an interesting look at today's world of entertainment, and perception ...
  • Diane
    2016-05-25
    The first 50 pages of this book were FANTASTIC. Seriously thrilling stuff.But after that great first section, it was a mixed bag. Before the Fall is the story of a private plane that crashed in the ocean after leaving Martha's Vineyard. Who was on the plane? Why were they there? What caused the plane to crash? What happens to the survivors?If you ever saw the show "Lost," which also featured a plane crash, the structure of this novel reminded me ...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    2016-02-20
    There were a lot of things I didn't like about this book. It d....r......a.....g.....g.....e.......d. The author postured and pontificated. Take the ordinary household toaster......there is a lengthy passage covering what the household toaster means to different people - to the engineer, to the cook, to itself. I mean really? It brought nothing to the book (except, in my case, dissatisfaction), and there was a great deal of this type of writing.I...
  • Matthew
    2016-12-09
    More character study than story, this was a very interesting book. The shell is a mystery and each chapter focuses on a character or two until everything comes together. While it does get overly poetic at times, I think it serves the story and I was satisfied with both the journey and the outcome.One of my favorite things was its honest portrayal of pop culture and the media and how, together, they skew our view on things with no evidence - just ...
  • Norma
    2016-12-07
    I have read some really good books lately and this is one of them. BEFORE THE FALL was an enjoyable and a memorable read which I will be thinking and talking about in the future when sharing this book with my family. Books get shared with my sister, daughter-in-law & my mom! It makes me so happy to be able to share my books with others! That is part of the excitement for me when I have read a really good book. Part One of BEFORE THE FALL was an a...
  • Larry Hoffer
    2016-03-04
    Full disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Many thanks to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for making it available!It's an evening in late August, a little foggy but otherwise uneventful. On Martha's Vineyard, the private plane belonging to David Bateman, the power behind one of the country's major cable news networks, is scheduled to take off and head back to New York. David ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2016-12-30
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “In the absence of facts, we tell ourselves stories.” Lucky you. You get two of my reviews on the same day! I check out so many books at the same time with every intention of promptly reviewing them . . . . So what am I doing today? Well, if my boss asks I’ve been working diligently. However, since it’s the day before a holiday errrrryone pretty much knows that isn’t true so...
  • Jan
    2015-11-17
    4.5 starsI have always been intrigued by plane crashes. More in the 'oh there's an accident, let me see what is going on' kind of fascination. So much mystery involved: Why did it crash-was it foul play or a mechanical issue? Did the passengers know what was happening? There are still many unanswered questions about some major plane crashes today, with teams of people and tons of money devoted to trying to find some answers.This is a book about o...
  • Rebbie
    2017-01-03
    Here's a famous saying that might provide some enlightenment where it is desperately needed: "You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."I dislike books with an agenda and/or bias, and whether or not I agree with the author's political views is irrelevant. I'm sick and tired of the self-righteousness of someone who thinks they're entitled to mock someone else...
  • Jason
    2016-12-02
    In the 11th hour, I've read the novel of the year!This book is a true page-turner. It literally has you guessing until the last sentence. Noah Hawley is a master storyteller and this was a breath of fresh air for me. I’ve had more disappointments this year than I've had successes, but this tops my lists of best reads for 2016. There wasn’t a character in this story I didn’t trust, not a person I didn’t think might have been the cause of t...
  • Jonetta
    2016-11-10
    On an uneventful August evening, a charter plane takes off from Martha's Vineyard for what was to be a short flight back to New York. Two of the 11 people on board were wealthy and powerful so when it went down, it was more than the typical media disaster sensation. And, when two survivors suddenly emerged, they set off an even bigger and sometimes dangerous media event.This story couldn't be more timely, illustrating the actual facts of the inve...