Before the Fall

Before the Fall

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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The stories of ten wealthy victims of a plane crash intertwine with those of a down-on-his-luck painter and a four-year-old boy, the tragedy's only survivors, as odd coincidences surrounding the crash point to a possible conspiracy.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455561780
Branch Call Number: HAWLE
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 24 cm

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books3819
Apr 21, 2018

In case you don't read the quote section, in my opinion, the best part of the book is: "An engineer sees only practical design; function over form. It’s not a question of optimism or pessimism, a glass half full or half empty. To an engineer, the glass is simply too big." Isn't that wonderful? I work with engineers so this caught my eye-you can use it any time!

You should know that calling this a "thriller" is a bit of a stretch. It is more of a character study, with chapters focusing on each person on the airplane and their connections to each other and to the events leading up the crash. If you enjoy going deep into the psyche of individuals, check this out. If you want a survival story and whodunit, look elsewhere.

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firebird770
Jan 15, 2018

I found that the plot moved rather slowly and there were parts that were uncomfortable to read and what I felt were unnecessary but all in all, I enjoyed it.

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lucky13_0
Jan 15, 2018

Pointless book about a group of people killed in a plane crash none of whom I could care about.

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cherymcginness
Dec 29, 2017

Survivor of plan crash saves a four year old boy

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jontalk
Dec 02, 2017

Overall, the story is paced nicely and characters intriguing, though like most others here, the ending is disappointing. Given that Noah is a show runner for many Emmy award winning TV series and a seasoned novelist, it's somewhat surprising he couldn't come up with a twist for the ending.

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ailenemc
Sep 03, 2017

Started out well enough with an interesting storyline. But then I felt like the wheels came off and hated the ending. I can't recommend this book

AL_CHRISTINE Aug 11, 2017

This book started and ended well! The bulk of it was kind of pointless though, I feel like the author was just filling the pages.

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maggiepcurtis
Aug 02, 2017

A good, suspense filled read. Found myself wanted to get to the end to find the answer to the mystery.

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SJM7323
Jul 19, 2017

This book was too slow and the plot was left wanting. I finished it, but it was a struggle. I kept thinking that the plot was going to get better but it never did. Not the worst book I've ever read, but far from good.

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books3819
Apr 21, 2018

"An engineer sees only practical design; function over form. It’s not a question of optimism or pessimism, a glass half full or half empty. To an engineer, the glass is simply too big."

AL_CHRISTINE Jul 22, 2017

What is she looking for, this woman? Is it merely a way out? A clear and sensible path to safety? Or has she lost something? Someone? In that moment, when gentle rocking turned into cannonball ricochet, did she go from wife and mother, from sister or girlfriend, from daughter or paramour to refugee? A fulfilled and happy we to a stunned and grieving I?

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AL_CHRISTINE Aug 11, 2017

AL_CHRISTINE thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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