Sunday Times top thriller read of the year 2016
The rich are different. But fate is blind.
Down-on-his-luck artist Scott Burroughs would usually take the ferry back to New York from Martha's Vineyard, but he is unexpectedly offered a spare seat on the Bateman family's private jet. Then just minutes after take-off, the plane crashes into the ocean and of the eight passengers and three crew, only Scott and the Batemans' small son, JJ, are left alive.
The extraordinary nature of their survival, combined with the fact that David Bateman was CEO of a populist TV news channel, means that Scott will not be returning to anonymity. Along with the orphaned boy, he is engulfed by a maelstrom of speculation, which soon overtakes the official investigation into the tragedy.
Who else was on the plane? Was there a bomb, a missile? Who is Scott Burroughs?
As the chapters drive towards their heart-stopping conclusion, weaving with ever-increasing suspense between the shocking aftermath of the crash and the intimate backstory of each of the passengers and crew members, Noah Hawley creates a searching, thrilling novel of love, fame, wealth, art, entertainment and power.High-class entertainment.This is one of the year's best suspense novels
, a mesmerizing, surprise-jammed mystery that works purely on its own, character-driven terms...Mr. Hawley has made it very, very easy to race through his book in a state of breathless suspense
.As a pacey whodunit...this is the perfect summer read
.There are some books...that stay with you long after you've read them.
The characters are so real and because of this their fates matter. Before The Fall by Noah Hawley is one of these books
.An addictive thriller
whose thematic richness is reminiscent of Franzen
.A searingly told, multi-layered portrait of celebrity in the modern world with a tantalising mystery at its heart...Hawley's sublime prose glows on every page
in this literary thriller of the highest quality, which never loses its grip.Noah Hawley really knows how to keep a reader turning the pages
, but there's more to the novel than suspense. On one hand Before the Fall is a complex, compulsively readable thrill ride of a novel
. On the other, it is an exploration of the human condition, a meditation on the vagaries of human nature, the dark side of celebrity, the nature of art, the power of hope and the danger of an unchecked media. The combination is a potent, gritty thriller
that exposes the high cost of news as entertainment and the randomness of fate.I started and finished Before the Fall in one day.
That begins to tell you what kind of smart, compellingly dramatic read it is. So read it.A thriller of masterful precision
...Hawley meditates on celebrity, modern journalism and timeless heroism, the rich American's psyche post-9/11 and messy politics, and he does it with nuanced, precise style
. This is a thriller that has brains as well as balls.This is an unequivocally excellent book
, a literary novel, a thriller, a whodunit and a meditation about life and love. Each paragraph deserves a rereading, but is too exciting to let one pause.Before the Fall is a ravishing and riveting beauty of a thriller
. It's also a deep exploration of desire, betrayal, creation, family, fate, mortality, and rebirth. It's one part Dennis Lehane, one part Dostoevsky
. I was spellbound from first page to last; I haven't fully recovered yet.Before the Fall
is an astonishing, character-driven tour-de-force
. The story is a multi-layered, immersive examination of truth, relationships, and our unquenchable thirst for the media's immediate explanation of unfathomable tragedy.This isn't just a good novel; it's a great one
. I trusted no one in these pages, yet somehow cared about them all. Before the Fall brings a serrated edge to every character, every insight, and every wicked twist
.He has an intuitive understanding of human behaviour
and an instinctive grasp of plot that make him a master storytellerOverall, it's hard to imagine a better marriage of genre and literary fiction.
This is a brilliantly sharp and intelligent thriller
. Hawley has written four previous novels. If they're anything like this I'll be reading them all.A masterly blend of mystery, suspense, tragedy, and shameful media hype
...a gritty tale of a man overwhelmed by unwelcome notoriety, with a stunning, thoroughly satisfying conclusion.Like the successful screenwriter that he is, Hawley piles on enough intrigues and plot complications to keep you hooked.
combination of domestic drama and conspiracy puzzler.[A] Literary thriller of genius.
A suspense story full of red herrings and tensionFast, compelling, grippingIt's a compassionate, insightful novel, as rich thematically as it is narratively, compelling
... Hawley explores the discord between fame and reality, and the extent to which the media distorts the truth, themes that couldn't be more relevant in Trump's America
Hawley combines a thriller's tight structure and addictive narrative
with characterisation and thematic richness reminiscent of Jonathan Franzen
The stunning new literary thriller from Richard & Judy bestselling author and writer and creator of Fargo Noah Hawley.THE GOOD FATHER was a Richard & Judy bestseller.Noah has received acclaim after he created, executively produced and wrote for the Emmy Award-winning TV series, Fargo
From the creator and writer of the Emmy Award-winning series Fargo, based on the Oscar-winning Coen Brothers film.
The elite have everything: money, cars, private jets and beautiful families. David Whitehead and Ben Kipling are the top of the elite, both influential men with jobs in the media and finance, both travelling back to New York on a private jet after a vacation with their families, and both with secrets that could ruin their lives.
Invited on a whim by David's wife, Scott Burroughs, a middle-aged painter, finds himself on their plane - he needs to visit New York for a meeting that could spark a revival in his failed career.
But sixteen minutes into its journey the plane crashes into the sea, Scott and the Whiteheads' four-year-old son are the only survivors. With a little boy's life in his hands Scott begins to swim - an epic journey to the coast. In the rectifying hours, he cannot imagine how his life will be changed forever.
With the SEC, FBI and National Transportation Safety Board investigating what happened to the plane, and the lives of everyone on board - the Whiteheads, the Kiplings and the crew - it is not long before their secrets start to come into the light. It seems as though the crash might be more than a tragic accident...