Before the Fall begins with a group of people boarding a private plane for what was supposed to be a short hop over from Martha’s Vineyard to New York. Aboard the plane were a couple of high profile couples, one couple’s young children, the crew and one down on his luck painter. The painter, Scott Burroughs, had been invited by the wife of one of the millionaire’s since he had mentioned needing to head into the city.
The next thing Scott knew he was floating in the water only minutes after the plane had taken off. Looking around and seeing the wreckage Scott knew somehow the plane had crashed and his only hope was to swim and hope to find land. Hearing a young voice Scott finds that the young son aboard had also survived and struggles to swim the two ashore.
Before the Fall is one of those reads that I’d suggest just ignoring my rating and trying this one for yourself if it sounds interesting. I think that most will probably end up enjoying this read more than I found myself doing so as it’s not a bad book at all, it just really wasn’t my cup of tea.
After the crash the book switches back and forth between the current investigation of the plane crash and then going back and giving background into those involved. What happened for me as far as the lower rating was I just found myself not really getting engaged in the back stories and the pace seemed to drag too much for my taste. The story itself is interesting but with the slow pace I just ended up kind of bored waiting for the what happened at the end of the book.
Overall, 2.5 stars, not for me but I think a lot will enjoy this one.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.