Before the Fall is currently being hyped even before today, which is the official date of publication. I'm always a bit reserved with using the kind of strong predictions that were made like 'most popular book of the summer'. Sometimes, it will even put me off reading things, but luckily, when I was reading Before the Fall earlier this year, this wasn't the case yet.
A tragedy. A plane carrying 11 people crashes shortly after departure. The only, somewhat unlikely survivors are Scott, a painter, and a four year old boy. While Scott is first hauled in as a hero, questions start to arise soon when it turns out that some things were wrong with the other passengers.
It took some time for me to get into the book. I think this might have to do with the fact that it follows all passengers for the plane, and then some others as well. I always find that focusing on too many things results in having trouble to focus on any single thing at all. Scott's story about how he's just trying to get on with his life, was - to me - the most interesting part, and I wouldn't have minded if it had been given more space instead of the social commentary on the power of individuals on news networks.
However, once the story grasped me it was a very fast read that I also thought was very nicely written. Based on Before The Fall I would certainly pick up Noah Hawley's next book.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!