Book Review: After The Fall – Noah Hawley ****

Written by Noah Hawley – he of “Fargo” fame – “After the Fall” is set in the immediate aftermath of a plane crash. A small private passenger plane flying from Martha’s Vineyard to New York with eleven people on board crashes into the sea just sixteen minutes after take-off. There are only two survivors. Scott, a local artist who had been persuaded to share their flight by the Bateman family and their four year old boy, JJ, who had been asleep at the time of the crash. After swimming for miles with JJ on his back they finally reach land and Scott is feted as a hero. All right to privacy is rescinded and the media pounce looking for their story.

It is a beautifully told story with the current day investigations into the crash and Scott’s fledgling relationship with the little boy interspersed with background history chapters about the other passengers on the plane. The bullish media mogul whose work was his life, his much younger ex-school teacher wife and their daughter. Rachel herself was a victim of a kidnapping when she was just an infant. The Wall Street shark who is about to be indicted by the SEC and his wife. The Israeli bodyguard and all of the plane’s crew.

The plot centres on the FBI investigation into all of the people on board as they search for the wreckage and try to find out what really happened. It does require a little concentration to keep up with whose story you are in at any point in time but it is well worth the effort and a thoroughly engaging read. Although probably best not to read it if you are just about to board a flight for your summer holidays!

Supplied by Net Galley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication Date: 9 Jun 2016. 400 pages.

Before the Fall

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