Name: Before the Fall
Author: Noah Hawley
Summary from the back of the book:
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 it 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.
My Thoughts: (**contain spoilers**)
As I set the book down after reading the last sentence, all I felt was disappointment. This book had loads of potential to be a twisted, mind game of a story. Except, it wasn’t at all. The only thing that comes to mind was that the climax of the story was very flat. The suspense throughout the book was executed wonderfully. However, it was leading up to the big reveal that was just very frustrating to me. That was why the plane went down? Because some psychopath was mad at a girl for turning him down? Aside from expecting some kind of twist at the end, I was so angry that this man took the lives of 9 people over being “heartbroken.” Like I said, I was very disappointed in the ending.
I did find the media portion of the story very interesting. It shows that the media will twist any story they can get their hands on just to get better ratings. It doesn’t matter what it does to the well being of the person they’re featuring, the media just wants a good story.
I thought the author did a good job on featuring each person from the flight and giving their back story. I did find it somewhat hard to follow at points because there were so many different stories going on with each person. But, I felt like I got to know every character enough to understand where the story was going.
If you’re looking for a real page turner with great twists, I unfortunately would not recommend this book. It is more than likely going to leave you disappointed.