Review: Before the Fall
Life is made of these moments – of one’s physical being moving through time and space – and we string them together into a story, and that story becomes our life.”
Noah Hawley ~ Before the Fall
The nature of coincidence is one that is treated really well in Noah Hawley’s “Before the Fall”. Why do certain people, for instance, end up on a certain plane, on a certain date for a certain flight and find themselves in a crash that takes so many of their lives? These are not all people who know each other. Their lives are not criss-crossed interconnections of celebration or history. Some have never even met before. Yet here they are, together, on this flight from Martha’s Vineyard to New York.
Hawley has a wonderful mastery of voice. Almost all the characters are given their chance to tell the details of their life trajectory “before the fall” and these stories make the crash all the more random. Although it isn’t random, of course, as one discovers.
Furthermore the death of so many will also affect those who are left behind: the artist Scott Burroughs and family members who have to pick up the pieces by taking in the lone survivor of one of their kin. It will also have an impact on those who want to discover the truth of these unnecessary deaths. Mechanical failure? Terrorism? Human error? Or something else?
An intriguing read with lots of “quotable quotes”, which offers a fascinating view on fate’s power even in the face of great wealth or influence.
Definitely worth a look.
If you liked Before the Fall, you’ll like my latest novel Shadow Self!