May 26, 2016
Before the Fall
"Tragedy is drama you can't bear to relive." ~ 31%
Before the Fall begins with a private plane sitting on the runway in Martha's Vineyard. Ten people board: The Bateman family (father David, mother Maggie and their two children, Rachel and JJ), wealthy couple Ben and Sarah Kipling, painter Scott Burroughs, the pilot and crew. Sixteen minutes later, the plane crashes into the sea.
There are two survivors: the painter and a six-year-old boy, the last remaining member of a wealthy television mogul's family. The story unfolds into the lives of the passengers and crew members before they boarded the plane. As clues unravel, I couldn't help but spin conspiracy theories. Is it pure coincidence that so many wealthy people died in one plane crash? Is it odd that one of the survivors spent his career painting pictures of disasters? Is the growing bond between the two survivors genuine or linked by circumstance? Who is really liable? It is all suspicious and told in a fashion that was hard to pause reading.
The media plays a big part in the novel. The 24/7 news was the character I loved to hate. Much like true life, the news and media outlets will sensationalize and exploit tragedies. There is no loyalty to the victims, families or survivors. It's all about entertainment and ratings. Whether author Noah Hawley purposely portrayed the media in this light, I do not know. But well damn done.
Before the Fall will be published on Tuesday, May 31. Get your copy of the tragedy of the summer!
Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are honestly my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.
Title: Before the Fall
Author: Noah Hawley
Published: May 2016