Monday, 20 June 2016

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

The overall message or moral of the story is about the media. The way it has evolved from reporting the facts and the news, to a tabloid like mentality.

It's like living in an ocean filled with sharks waiting for someone to bloody the water. It's no longer about the truth and more about attracting the most readers with whatever means necessary.

Reputations are tarnished and accusations are printed without giving any thought to guilt or innocence. Good deeds are picked apart and made to look nefarious.

This is exactly what happens to Scott. He just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time or where the boy is concerned the right place at the right time.

The moment when Scott finally talks to the press was a bit like the nutty professor explaining quantum physics to someone without any scientific knowledge.

Scott is vilified by the media, despite going above and beyond to save a child and himself. The plane crash is turned into a huge conspiracy. From the irrational. the less probable solutions and the more probable possibilities.

If you think about it that is exactly what happens when a plane crashes now or most disasters for that matter. Social media and the media in general become like a busy hive of misinformation, accusations and theories.

Why is the story so compelling? Not because there is a mystery, there isn't really. It's sort of like a stroll through the woods on a warm sunny day with an occasional rain shower.

I spent three quarters of the book wondering who was taking care of the darn dog, just saying. The three-legged canine kept popping up now and again in the back of my mind now and again..
It was an interesting read.

Buy Before the Fall at Amazon UK or go to Goodreads for any other retailer.

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