Book Review | Before the Fall by Noah Hawley


beforeReading Before the Fall was a whole lot of fun! The story begins with a plane crash over an ocean and the dramatic story of a man, Scott, who survives said crash. While he’s bobbing around in the water trying to figure out what to do, he hears a sound. It’s J.J., just four-years-old, the son of another passenger on the plane. Despite his busted shoulder, despite his head wound, Scott manages to swim for I don’t even remember how many hours. 8? Some ridiculous amount of hours and miles. And they are saved!

And then the book takes off. There’s definitely a mystery in there: What caused the plane crash? There’s some family drama: What’s going to happen to J.J., whose parents and only sibling are now dead? What’s going to happen to Scott, who’s been made a hero by the press, and then, just as quickly, turned on by the press?

I’ve read some reviews from folks who felt this book was slow in parts. More power to y’all, that sucks, but for me this book was paced perfectly. I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I generally read paper books during the day and only read my ebook for a half hour or so before sleep time. Not with this book! I was reading it on my front stoop, lying down in the backyard with bugs biting me everywhere, in the kitchen while stirring a big ole pot of red gravy. This book was good!

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One thought on “Book Review | Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

  1. This is the second review I’ve read for Before the Fall that suggested that despite the plane crash, the novel is sort of a “feel good” story. It kind of intrigues me to see how the author can turn a story about a devastating plane crash into anything that isn’t dark and heart-wrenching.

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