Before the Fall

Before the fallAuthor: Noah Hawley
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Mystery
Source:  Kristin of Kritters Ramblings

Goodreads:  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.

Ope’s Opinion:    I took this book from a Starbucks in Virginia on the airplane to California!  Might not have been the wisest of choices to read on an airplane!

The story in this book is amazing and intense. The story toggled from present day, where they are trying to figure out how the accident happened to each character and how they ended up on the plane. Noah Hawley can write  a great story, but all the characters are rich men who only want money and women.  It was kind of disappointing to have such a great story, not followed up with great characters.  Scott and JJ are the two characters that kept me reading this book.

The ending wrapped up the investigation, but left me wanting more of how Scott and JJ’s lives moved on


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