Before The Fall

Updated: Oct 18, 2020

A brief review of the novel by Noah Hawley.

First, let me start by encouraging you to take a minute to google the author of this book if you have any doubt about it's quality. Noah Hawley is linked to a number of television shows and movies. Bones and Fargo television series to name a few. His ability to create drama and suspense has blead into every page of this book.

From the word go this book starts out really exciting. I read it over the course of two days and if I didn't have a pesky job I would have finished it in one. This book tells the story of a chartered plane that crashes on a flight from Martha's Vineyard to New York and the resulting investigation into the cause of the crash. On board are a mix of wealthy families, their children and few other unlucky characters. Was the crash simply an accident? A malfunction of the plane? A human error? Or was it more sinister than that? Could it be sabotage? My heart was pounding and my palms were sweating as the scene of the crash played out. I was left feeling invested in the characters and wanting to know what happened and why. Noah Hawley does a fantastic job of pulling the reader in so they feel like they were in the crash, survived, and are now on the hunt for answers.

After the crash and events that immediately follow, the author spends the rest of the book spending time building the back stories of each player in the book with a specific focus on the passengers of the small chartered plane. You learn about their lives and the events that led up to them setting foot on the plane that fateful night. Each chapter leaves you with a new suspicion about what or who may have caused the crash. It was definitely Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick! No, wait, maybe it was Professor Plum in the kitchen with the lead pipe? You get the idea. I was about to start a spreadsheet of all my theories when suddenly I realized I had blazed through hundreds of pages and I was at the end of the book and all the secrets were finally being revealed.


If it's not already clear, I cannot recommend this book enough. I was so engrossed in this book that I found myself sneaking in a page or two in every spare minute of my day. It is so well written that event the most cleaver reader will be left guessing until the very end.

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