Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

If you are looking to add a book to your list, then follow your fellow bookie's advice and read Before The Fall by Noah Hawley. The last thing you probably want to read about on your summer vacation is a plane plunging into the ocean, but stick with me, reader. There are only two survivors of this plane crash-a man who is a down and out painter and a 4 year-old boy who now, as it stands, is the only surviving member of a wealthy family. Was this a mere tragedy, or was there something more sinister, a conspiracy perhaps at the heart of this awful story. Told in alternating narrative between past and present, this book weaves the reader into a masterful story that is truly fantastic!

Synopsis via Amazon
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.

Happy Reading!
*Thank you to Grand Central for my copy of  Before the Fall*

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