Before the Fall
Before the Fall tells the story of a horrible plane crash, but without getting into the particulars of the crash. David Bateman is the successful head of ALC, a Fox News-type media goliath, who is heading back to NY with his wife, Maggie, and their two children. His former Mossad bodyguard is also along for the ride. Their trip from Martha’s Vineyard is joined by Ben Kipling, who is currently under SEC investigation for money laundering, and his wife Sarah. The trip is about to set off when a last-minute invitee named Scott Burroughs boards the luxury plane. Within minutes, the plane has crashed in the water, Scott is clinging to life when he discovers the Bateman’s young son and swims him back to shore. Burroughs wants to stay below the radar, but is thrust into the spotlight when the glare of the media lands upon him. His striving for anonymity is met with suspicion by the firebrand anchor of ALC, who seems hell-bent on tarnishing Burroughs as a terrorist. The book weaves through the backgrounds of the victims along with Burroughs’ quest for normalcy in an ever growing insane environment.
Noah Hawley’s latest book is a mystery mixed with character-driven drama. The interweaving of the crash victims’ backstories with the whodunit of the crash itself make for a compelling read. The reader will find themselves drawn to the stories of each character, along with the protagonist hoping for the best, but knowing that the worst for some is just around the corner. A book not to be missed. A+
|Page Count||400 pages|
|Publisher||Grand Central Publishing|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|