Before the Fall: The year's best suspense novel (Hardback)Noah Hawley (author)
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Everyone has their path. The choices they’ve made. How any two people end up in the same place at the same time is a mystery. You get on an elevator with a dozen strangers. You ride a bus, wait in a line for the bathroom. It happens every day. To try to predict the places we’ll go and the people we’ll meet would be pointless.
The rich are different. But fate is blind.
Down-on-his-luck artist Scott Burroughs would usually take the ferry back to New York from Martha's Vineyard, but he is unexpectedly offered a spare seat on the Bateman family's private jet.
Then, just minutes after take-off, the plane crashes into the ocean and of the eight passengers and three crew, only Scott and the Batemans' small son, JJ, are left alive.
The extraordinary nature of their survival, combined with the fact that David Bateman was CEO of a populist TV news channel, means that Scott will not be returning to anonymity. Along with the orphaned boy, he is engulfed by a maelstrom of speculation, which soon overtakes the official investigation into the tragedy. Who else was on the plane? Was there a bomb, a missile? Who is Scott Burroughs?
As the chapters drive towards their heart-stopping conclusion, weaving with ever-increasing suspense between the shocking aftermath of the crash and the intimate backstory of each of the passengers and crew members, Noah Hawley creates a searching, thrilling novel of love, fame, wealth, art, entertainment and power.
Alongside his literary credentials, Noah Hawley can add screenwriter, producer and director to his list of talents, having worked on a number of hit television series including the award-winning Fargo. He began his writing career with the conspiracy theory thriller A Conspiracy of Tall Men but is best known for his novel about the aftermath of assassination, The Good Father.
'[A] Literary thriller of genius.' - India Knight
‘Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall is one of the year’s best suspense novels’ – The New York Times
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 661 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 36 mm
As a pacey whodunit...this is the perfect summer read. * The Times *
This is one of the year's best suspense novels, a mesmerizing, surprise-jammed mystery that works purely on its own, character-driven terms...Mr. Hawley has made it very, very easy to race through his book in a state of breathless suspense. * New York Times *
I started and finished Before the Fall in one day. That begins to tell you what kind of smart, compellingly dramatic read it is. So read it. -- James Patterson
There are some books...that stay with you long after you've read them. The characters are so real and because of this their fates matter. Before The Fall by Noah Hawley is one of these books. * Irish Independent *
Before the Fall is an astonishing, character-driven tour-de-force. The story is a multi-layered, immersive examination of truth, relationships, and our unquenchable thirst for the media's immediate explanation of unfathomable tragedy. -- Karin Slaughter
An addictive thriller whose thematic richness is reminiscent of Franzen. * The Sunday Times *
A searingly told, multi-layered portrait of celebrity in the modern world with a tantalising mystery at its heart...Hawley's sublime prose glows on every page in this literary thriller of the highest quality, which never loses its grip. * Daily Mail *
Hawley combines a thriller's tight structure and addictive narrative with characterisation and thematic richness reminiscent of Jonathan Franzen * The Sunday Times, Pick of the Paperbacks *
[A] Literary thriller of genius. -- India Knight
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Before the Fall is a solid mystery/thriller that left me a little wanting following the enthusiastic reviews surrounding its release.
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This book was an absolute pleasure to read.....until the conclusion.
Loved the plot, knew it was not going to be a run of the mill thriller, this was so much more.
The characters were fantastic you truly engaged with... More
“amazing personal drama story”
I decided to listen to the audio of Before the Fall whilst painting my kitchen and it proved a brilliant distraction. This story of eleven souls aboard a private charter plane when it crashes into the ocean is... More
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