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Published by Hodder & Stoughton, 9
June 2016. ISBN: 978-1-444-77975-2
foggy summer’s night a private plane waits to take off from Martha’s Vineyard
back to New York. We are introduced to the pilot, the co-pilot and the flight
attendant. Then the passengers arrive. The first to board is the Bateman
family. David Bateman is a high-profile media mogul, his wife Maggie, a
down-to-earth former school teacher. Their two children are with them,
nine-year-old Rachel and JJ, four. Accompanying them is their armed security
Kiplings then arrive. Ben Kipling is a Wall Street money man, Sarah his wife.
Last to board is Scott Burroughs, a failed artist and recovering alcoholic who
has been befriended by
plane takes off.
crashes eleven minutes later, with only Scott Burroughs and JJ surviving. All
this we learn in the first few pages, rather like being introduced to the
ensemble cast of a 1970s disaster film. And what follows is a tense mystery
thriller. Why did the plane crash? Was it an accident or something more
sinister? At first Scott is seen as a hero for saving JJ, but who is he really?
book alternates between the present and the fall-out of the crash, its effects
on Scott Burroughs and JJ and the investigation into its cause, and the past
lives of the passengers and crew. Everybody has a past, everybody has a secret.
Everybody falls under suspicion.
Hawley knows how to keep you turning the pages. The chapters are short and
teasing, they make you want to know more. I said it was a mystery thriller, but
it’s more than that. It is a look at the unpredictable nature of the human
condition, the dark side of celebrity and the danger of an unscrupulous media.
It exposes the high cost of news as entertainment and shows just how random
fate can be.
Hawley is arguably better known for his television series, Fargo. This is his
fifth book and looks set to be his most successful. I loved it.
Reviewer: Mary-Jane Riley
Noah Hawley is an American film and television producer, screenwriter, composer, and
bestselling author, known for creating and writing the FX anthology television
series Fargo. He was born in 1967 in New York City and educated at Sarah
Mary-Jane Riley wrote her first story on her newly acquired blue
Petite typewriter. She was eight. It was about a gang of children who had
adventures on mysterious islands, but she soon realised Enid Blyton had
cornered that particular market. So she wrote about the Wild West instead. When
she grew up she had to earn a living, and became a BBC radio talk show
presenter and journalist. She has covered many life-affirming stories, but also
some of the darkest events of the past two decades. Then, in true journalistic style, she decided
not to let the facts get in the way of a good story and got creative. She wrote
for women's magazines and small presses. She formed WriteOutLoud with two
writer friends to help charities get their message across using their life
stories. Now she is writing psychological suspense, drawing on her experiences
in journalism. The Bad Things by
Mary-Jane Riley was published by Harper Collins/Killer Reads. Her second book, After She Fell, also published by Killer
Reads, is out on April 28th.
In her spare time Mary-Jane likes to walk the dog and eat a lot. Good job she