A good week for the Twitter account this week, as I reached 305 followers so by way of a small thank you, I am running a giveaway over on @baattyabtbooks, all you need to do is RT the giveaway and the winner will be chosen at random on the 29th August.
The book is great summer read Summer in Tintagel by Amanda James, published by Urbane (thanks for the prize)
Have not been able to read much recently due to being addicted to Rio 16 and Team GB’s awesome performance – huge well done guy’s. You did us proud.
The books I have read have been great, I can only blog about one of them though as the other one is still a work in progress and not due out for a awhile but I have been promised blogging rights to it when it is. Enough with the secret squirrel stuff and on to the review.
Before The Fall by Noah Hawley
About the book
The rich are different. But fate is blind.
Down-on-his-luck artist Scott Burroughs would usually take the ferry back to New York from Martha’s Vineyard, but he is unexpectedly offered a spare seat on the Bateman family’s private jet. Then just minutes after take-off, the plane crashes into the ocean and of the eight passengers and three crew, only Scott and the Batemans’ small son, JJ, are left alive.
The extraordinary nature of their survival, combined with the fact that David Bateman was CEO of a populist TV news channel, means that Scott will not be returning to anonymity. Along with the orphaned boy, he is engulfed by a maelstrom of speculation, which soon overtakes the official investigation into the tragedy.
Who else was on the plane? Was there a bomb, a missile? Who is Scott Burroughs?
As the chapters drive towards their heart-stopping conclusion, weaving with ever-increasing suspense between the shocking aftermath of the crash and the intimate backstory of each of the passengers and crew members.
Was actually quite nervous when I started reading this, as surely it is not a very clever idea to read a book that revolves around your worst possible fear ! A plane crash (shudder), but truly I need not have worried because Noah Hawley makes the book about so many different things without apparently even trying and I soon forgot the why’s and wherefores and became utterly involved in the story.
It is intelligently written, perfectly paced, full of drama and tells quite a tale. Not sure which genre I would place it in as it ticked all boxes for me thriller, mystery, celebrity.
Well worth a read.