Thursday, August 4, 2016

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley  is part of the SheReads Summer book selections.     SheReads is a community of bloggers that as a group help promote specific books.   We share reviews, thoughts, and our feelings after reading books suggested to us by the wonderful people who run the SheReadsOrganization.  

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Grand Central Publishing

From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics' Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo comes thethriller 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.

My Thoughts…

A plane full of high influencing rich people crashes.   The survivors are a 4 year old boy and a painter, who is not one of the rich people.     I was hooked just reading this.   Who survives a plane crash?      The idea of life after a crash and the why of the crash had me having to read this.   One I started, I was anxious to get started, I could not stop.    Scott and JJ were people who I cared about.   I was invested in JJ finding a life again with his aunt.  Scott needed to be found innocent and not be blamed for the crash.     There was just so much that needed to be settled and solved.

The back stories of the characters that died in the crash were extremely interesting to me.    Noah Hawley did an amazing job filling in the holes.    I enjoyed how the characters were made real.    They were characters that I could see with their families, I could see them running their companies and working their jobs, and I could see how people would miss them when they were gone.      It was also interesting to see how the government agencies were forced to work together to solve the mystery.   They had to decide if there was a crime or if it was an accident.   I had my ideas, my hopes, and my prayers on what happen on that plane.    I am happy to say that I did finally figure it out before the ending.

While this wasn’t a thriller of a book, this is a have to read book.    I am going to ask my friends to read this just so I have someone to discuss it with.  

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