Review: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Well, this was great until it wasn’t. Seriously who does this?

A wealthy family and their friends are on their way back from Martha’s Vineyard to New Jersey. Maggie, the wife of a TV network magnate invites Scott, a painter who’s seen better times.

Even though everyone onboard seems as if everything’s right with the world they all have a story. And not a very good one at that.

Maggie loves her family but wishes her husband, the TV network magnate, spent more time with them. Their happiness is shadowed by the kidnapping of their daughter 3 years ago. Although they found her safe and sound, the reminder that they’re not safe is ever present, especially with their bodyguards.

The Kiplings live in their own little world. Same as Maggie, Sarah wishes her husband didn’t work as much. She often reminisces of the times they didn’t have much and how happy they were. But her husband is a working machine, and he can make millions out of a $1 bill. The problem is he’s played the system, taking money from nonfriendlies and now he’s about to be indicted.

Scott is just an acquaintance of Maggie and can’t believe he’s flying to New Jersey in such luxury. He hopes his meetings turn out the way he expects them. Maybe this time he’ll finally be a known painter.

Then there’s the bodyguard and the flight crew. Emma, the flight attendant, has some history with the copilot. She wants nothing to do with him. Charles tried to choke her once and ever since she’s been terrified of him. Her ex.

Charles feels horrible about how mean he was to Emma and in his head he loves her and wants her back at all costs. But her rejections only upset him and he’s so angry he does the unthinkable.

Last, there’s Bill. The most annoying, infuriating character of all, along with Doug, Eleanor’s husband. Bill wants to find out what really happened the night of the crash and how did Scott and the 4 year old survived it. He doesn’t care what is true and not, he wants a good story.

I liked the story until I hated it. The tragedy is devastating, but the fact that Bill does illegal things and doesn’t get in trouble gets me. And then Doug, I wanted to pull his beard because he made me so mad.

It’s a good book, but don’t expect much of the end because you’d be disappointed

Before the Fall Book Cover Before the Fall
Noah Hawley
Grand Central Publishing
May 31, 2016

New York Times Bestseller From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics' Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo comes the thriller 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.