Before The Fall by Noah Hawley

When I first read the description for ‘Before The Fall’ I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it. But it was so much better than I expected.

A rich and powerful TV executive has chartered a flight from Martha’s Vineyard to New York. He is joined by his wife and two children, a wealthy friend and his wife, his family’s bodyguard and a struggling painter. There are three crew members.

Shortly after takeoff, the plane crashes into the sea. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs the painter and 4 year old JJ. Scott swims many miles to shore with JJ on his back and is proclaimed a hero.

But what caused the plane to crash? What was Scott doing on the flight and is he really a hero or a villain?

The story spends part of the time in the present following the investigation and the media circus as the survivors and families struggle to come to terms with the disaster, and the rest of the time in the backstories of those on the flight and involved in the aftermath.

Eventually the investigation and backstories meet and we find out what really happened.


I loved this novel and its characters and their stories (except for the ones I hated). There were quite a few sections of the novel that had me on the edge of my seat and throughout the novel it was very difficult to put down.

Noah Hawley writes in a way that is very easy and enjoyable to read.

I’m looking forward to reading more from Noah Hawley.


Book Published 2017


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