Before the Fall

By Noah Hawley

3 out of 5 stars

A private plane crashes off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs, an artist, and the 4 year-old son of a news media mogul. Not only are they the only survivors but Scott is a hero, carrying young J.J. and swimming with him to shore. Now the focus is on what happened to the plane and the victims of the crash. The story takes us into each of their lives, a little bit anyway, so you wonder just what caused the crash. Was it because of the illegal money laundering by Ben Kipling, who was on board with his wife? Or was it someone trying to get back at David Bateman, the powerful newsman? His young daughter was kidnapped once, could it have something to do with it?

As the investigation continues, one of the news network’s talking heads begins to sensationalize the story. We all know those guys, don’t we? He tries to spin a story about Scott being the bad guy, not the hero. Will we ever find out the truth?

This book was just okay for me. I felt it just went to too many places at once. I think there was just a lot going on and some things we could have done without. Maybe Noah Hawley just had a bit too much to say in one story. I really liked the character of Scott, a lone man just trying to stay under the radar but unable to with such sensationalism. This may not have been my cup of tea but that doesn’t mean it won’t be someone else’s.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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