Before the Fall

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Noah Hawley with Before the Fall.

by Noah Hawley

Quick take

A plausible, well-paced look at the ghoulish side of celebrity, with realistic depictions of the media circus, the jockeying among investigators, the invasion of privacy, and the guilt that can afflict survivors of tragedy.

Why I love it

On a foggy summer night, a small private plane departs Martha's Vineyard bound for New York City. Sixteen minutes later, the plane is in the ocean. Nine lives are lost. The only survivors are a four-year-old boy, now the sole heir to a huge fortune, and a down-on-his luck painter named Scott.

Immediately, there are questions: What caused the crash? How did a poor artist end up on the private plan...

Member thoughts

42% Love
51% Like
6% Dislike
  • Adrian K.

    Anchorage , AK

    "While I did not gasp as Liberty said I would, I couldn't put it down when it was clear who did it. And why? OMG. It was intense and everything you need in a book. "



    "How much of this story is based on actual media and people I don't know, but I made several connections that made the story all the more powerful. The ending was a shocker!"

  • Jeff C.

    Council Bluffs, IA

    "Just like Fargo, It's great."

  • Patricia B.

    Marietta, GA

    "I couldn't put it down. I had to know what happened in the plane. The backstory on the passengers was wonderful."

  • Holly B.

    Gearhart, OR

    "A crafty exploration of contemporary culture wrapped in a thriller. Terrific."

  • Carol O.

    Solana Beach, CA

    "A heart warming story about a tragedy which united a hero and a young boy in an intriguing mystery of how it happen. Loved every minute of it."

  • Tim T.

    Englewood, CO

    "So good!"

  • Lesley H.

    Atmore, AL

    "I couldn't put this down. Strong opening with the plain crash and then I loved the way the author revealed what happened on the plane by unraveling each passengers back story chapter by chapter. "

  • Anna K.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "What a great mystery and commentary on today's media focused society."

  • Mary Ann F.

    Buford, GA

    "Excellent choice! This was a great read, I enjoyed it very much!"

  • Naimah M.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "I was completed shocked by the reveal at the end"