Before the Fall (Paperback)

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This is a mystery that doesn't feel formulaic at all. A young boy loses his family in an instant, and the way his own life is saved turns a struggling artist into a hero. Answers to why this happened are wrapped in a larger story about celebrity in the digital age and how news is often "made" now, rather than simply being reported. This book left me feeling intrigued even after it ended.


There is a trick being played on you by Noah Hawley. And I mean you, the reader. There is a twist, but it's abstract rather than functional. What is disguised as a thriller, and an effective one at that, Before the Fall is about obsession, privilege, and the dehumanizing effect of the 24 hour news cycle. Hawley takes his characters, all appearing in caricature at first, and slowly fleshes them out until each of them becomes believable and even relatable in their own way. Refreshingly, Hawley doesn't seem to believe in pure evil but instead he focuses on a yearning for something greater that drives his characters. It all adds up to something of a singular experience in the thriller genre: hope and rebirth and maybe even a crushing blow to cynicism.


June 2016 Indie Next List

“When a private plane plunges into the ocean off Martha's Vineyard, the media and the government want answers. The two survivors -- a middle-aged artist along for the ride and the 4-year-old son of a prominent and powerful family - have little to say. Before the Fall takes the reader on a thrilling ride through the past lives of the other passengers and the aftermath of the crash. As the deepest secrets of the wealthy and those who surround them surface, no one is safe. A brilliant and relentless thriller.”
— Geoffrey Jennings (M), Rainy Day Books, Fairway, KS

About the Author

Noah Hawley is an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Peabody Award-winning author, screenwriter and producer. He has published four novels and penned the script for the feature film "Lies and Alibis." He created, executive produced and served as showrunner for ABC's "My Generation "and "The Unusuals" and was a writer and producer on the hit series "Bones." Hawley is currently executive producer, writer, and showrunner on FX's award-winning series, "Fargo."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781455568550
ISBN-10: 1455568554
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: May 31st, 2016
Language: English