Amy Myers is known for her short stories and historical novels featuring Victorian chef Auguste Didier and chimney sweep Tom Wasp. Her contemporary series features classic car detective Jack Colby, and she is currently working on a new 1920s mystery series featuring Nell Drury, chef at Kent’s Wychbourne Court.
the fifth novel from the US film and TV producer and screenwriter Noah Hawley –
remember the brilliant TV series Fargo?
Film rights in Beyond
the Fall have already been sold, which is hardly surprising
given its breath-taking scope. The fall of the title is the crash of an
aircraft, which is not an unusual theme for a thriller. But the book has much
more to offer than a straightforward crime story.
The crash was not due to accident or
technical reasons or terrorist attack. So which of those on board, passengers
or crew, was responsible for it?
Well-written, elegantly structured and
well-plotted, it examines the lives and motivations of the eleven people who
flew in a small private plane that left Martha’s Vineyard only to crash
eighteen minutes later. There were only two survivors, struggling artist Scott
Burroughs and four year old J.J. – the son of media and finance magnate, David
Bateman, who against the odds reached safety.
The novel painstakingly scrutinizes not
only the individual stories of all those in the aircraft, but the aftermath of
the crash on the survivors and how outside issues such as the power of the
media impact on the survivors. The author explores the emotions and actions and
reactions of his characters, both the nine dead and the two survivors, with
deep understanding and compassion, turning this into a novel that will linger
long in the memory.