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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2017 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Selected by The Sunday Times as one of the top page-turners of summer 2017.

From the creator of the award winning Fargo and Legion TV series.

The rich are different. But fate is blind. A private jet plunges into the sea. The only survivors are down-on his luck artist Scott Burroughs and JJ Bateman, the four-year-old son of a super-rich TV executive. For saving the boy, Scott is suddenly a hero. And then, as the official investigation is rapidly overtaken by a media frenzy, it seems he may also be a villain. Why was he on the plane in the first place, and why did it crash?

©2016 26 Keys, Inc (P)2017 Oakhill Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Hawley's sublime prose glows on every page in this literary thriller of the highest quality." ( Daily Mail)

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  • Stephen
  • 12-07-17

fantastic

loved every minute of this book, highly recommend it. Jeff Harding is the ultimate narrator and makes every book come to life. awesome performance.

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  • Gary Hart
  • 11-16-17

Best book I have listened to, if not ever, then a very long time👍👍

Really enjoyed this booked and a bit of a cliche, but “couldn’t stop listening until I had finished”.
Narrated very well, and a great story. Have already recommended to my friends👍😀

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  • Alexander Marshall
  • 12-08-17

great story well read

loved it, one of those books that I was sad to finish, well worth a listen

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  • a white
  • 11-13-17

Brilliant

So well written and beautifully narrated. I loved this book, particularly the way the story unfolded- the main story with a mystery and then an in depth look at each character; their motives, their flaws etc ..I didn't see the ending until very near the end( a refreshing change). Bravo!!!!!👏🏻👏🏻

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-17

Good story, narration distractingly bad

This narrator's female voice is absolutely horrible. He makes every woman sound like a weak, whiny, nag ... this is the first time that the narration has been bad enough to make me comment on it in a review. I will avoid this narrator at all costs, it ruins the book.

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  • Cabaspre
  • 07-02-18

I didn't care enough to finish!

I very rarely give up but I didn't like any of the characters - and frankly didn't care. Sorry.

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  • Natasha L
  • 06-30-18

Terrible narrator. Good story.

A good story was let down by the monotone drone of the narrator. Why was he chosen to recite this story? There was about as much life in him as my toothbrush! Such a shame as the story was an interesting character play and neatly told.

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  • Judith Costello
  • 05-10-18

Kept me listening

I was recommended this book by a friend and I really enjoyed it.

It kept me listening and wanting to know what happened. I had a few ideas of what I thought happened but didn’t work it out.

I found the narrator easy to listen to and I would definitely recommend the book.

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  • Neil Caplan
  • 03-04-18

Good Story, Poor Narration

Nice idea for a story but didn't like the narrator much at all. Perhaps it was being accustomed to Stephen Fry reading Sherlock for so long but just didn't like his voice in this, particularly initially.

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  • Ginger
  • 01-28-18

Fascinating

This is a well crafted story. Each character comes alive as his or her story is told and the descriptions of places are beautifully painted. Most of all, it’s an excellent page turner. I didn’t know what would happen until the last few minutes of the tape.

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  • Annie
  • 01-27-18

Loved it but difficult to listen to

If you could sum up Before the Fall in three words, what would they be?

Loved the storyline but really struggled with the narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Before the Fall?

When JJ spoke with Scott for the first time after the accident.

What three words best describe Jeff Harding’s performance?

Unaffected. Frustrating. Difficult.

Any additional comments?

The story line was great,though a bit frustrated with the end. Would have liked a bit more closure. Apart from the narration, it was good.