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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

October 30, 2018


This novel, by the creator of the TV show Fargo, got some fairly rave reviews. The premise is catchy—18 minutes after takeoff, a private jet carrying two families and a seemingly random artist goes down into Long Island Sound. The artist and a young boy swim to shore. Everyone else dies. Media circus ensues.

There are moments and characters that are interesting. There are plot turns that are genuinely suspenseful, ponderings on the nature of fate that are provocative, observations about our sensationalized media culture that are important. But there are also too many moments that are contrived for suspense, heavy-handed themes, extraneous character deep dives and an implausibly villainous, thinly-veiled Bill O’Reilly character that pull this novel to a mediocre middle ground. It feels too self-serious. It’s a fairly entertaining story, but seems too distracted by its own big themes to live up to the potential of the initial premise.

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  1. Jim & Pat Bosiljevac permalink
    October 30, 2018 7:59 pm

    That was one of my first audible books. I liked the narrator.

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