The Flight Attendantby Published 13 Mar 2018
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Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She's a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police--she's a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home--Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it's too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?
"The Flight Attendant" Reviews
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After enjoying quite a few of Chris Bohjalian’s previous novels, I was quite excited to have the opportunity to read his upcoming novel, “The Flight Attendant”.
I thought this was a fantastic read!
Flight Attendant, Cassandra (Cassie) Bowden wakes up in a hotel room in Dubai. The first thing she realizes is that she’s not in her hotel room and the second thing she realizes is that she’s not alone. There is a man sleeping in bed next to her. She carefully tries to get out of the bed without waking him. The self loathing starts to hit almost as hard as the pounding in her head. Binge drinking and partying are a way of life for Cassie.
“She learned quickly that music sounded better, people were nicer, and she was prettier when life’s rough edges had been smoothed over with a little alcohol. Or, better still, with a lot.”
After reflecting on the little she could remember from the previous night, she finally turns to the sleeping man in bed. And although it’s not unheard of for Cassie to wake up next to a man she barely knows, this time is very different….
Because the man in bed next to her? He’s not sleeping…….
When Cassie realizes the man is dead, she’s shocked and terrified. And then she realizes that SHE has blood on her too. She can recall some things from the night before, but there are also huge gaps in her memory. She remembers his name – Alexander (Alex) Sokolov and that he’s an American. He was sat in her section on the flight to Dubai. She realizes that she has two choices. She can call for help or she can go back to her hotel, meet up with the flight crew and fly to her next destination. She wants more than anything to be back in the United States.
What will Cassie do? Did she murder Alex? She’s almost positive she didn’t. She's not a violent person. But if she didn't do it... Who did? And what could this mean for her own safety?
The story is told from two points of view, Cassie’s and another mysterious woman. We learn more about Cassie and some of the poor choices she’s made. There were also intermittent police reports/interviews which I found interesting. It gave me a bit of an idea of what the police were thinking, without giving anything away.
I enjoyed learning what life might be like working as a flight attendant. There were quite a few funny and/or interesting stories about the things that happen on different flights. Of course this is fiction, but I could see these things happening. For example: Someone allowing a child to urinate in an air-sickness bag…even though he has terrible aim! Or panic building all because a certain passenger is in the bathroom a little too long. And what do you do with the body of someone who had passed away on a crowded plane?
I guess you’ll have to read to find out.
Drawn in from the first page, I flew through this novel. I thought it was an exciting story with great characters and an interesting plot. A few things may have seemed a bit implausible, but I was so entertained that I didn’t care. I always find Chris Bohjalian’s novels original and I can always tell that he’s done his homework. Granted some of the stuff may go over my head sometimes, but I always end up learning something while still enjoying the story. Overall, this was an awesome read.
“Remember that person you wanted to be? There’s still time”
I can’t wait to read more from Chris Bohjalian!
I would like to thank Chris Bohjalian and Doubleday publishing for the advanced copy I received in exchange for my honest review.
YES YES YES!! Last page turned. Heart beating fast. Mic drop. Cue the slow clap. This is a phenomenal character-driven mystery WITH A TWISTY, SATISFYING ENDING I will not soon forget.
I don’t know who said “the devil is in the details” but if that’s true, then Chris Bohjalian is the devil himself. This plot is intricate and complex with well-researched details and data providing clues for the reader in this story of international suspense.
Yes, much of the story is set in cushy locales and sumptuous hotels, but the pull of the novel lies in our high-flying party girl. Our flight attendant, Cassie, is a psychologically damaged woman who single-handedly drinks more in an evening than I do in a year. She means well, loves her friends and family and volunteers at the animal shelter whenever she is at home in NYC. Awww, a detail that deff pulled at my heartstrings. Cassie, with all her flaws, is a human being as real as any fictional character can possibly become. She is endearing, maddening, and most of all, REAL! I loved her.
I don’t want to give away any of the story line, because it goes in places you will not expect. And you will love that. What I can say is... this is the book I wanted The Woman in Cabin 10 to be. It is a very strong and convincing plot with thoroughly fleshed out characters. Ruth Ware is a swell writer, but (forgive me for saying!) she could stand to learn a thing or two from Bohjalian when it comes to structure and plot.
You think you’ve heard all the gossipy stories about the crazy things passengers do on planes? Wait until you read some of the nuggets Cassie has to share about things she has seen in her career! I also loved reading about the flight schedules, the day-to-day life, THE DETAILS of what it's like to be a flight attendant. I found it riveting!!
An old-fashioned suspense thriller that reads as fast as an addictive domestic noir, it is simply terrific. All my respect to the brilliant Mr. Bohjalian! You will not want to miss this one. (Due to be released in US on March 13, 2018). You might want to pre-order your copy now.
I was really digging this, but the ending brought it down a notch.
Slow burn read about a self destructive flight attendant who awakens to discover her one night stand dead beside her.
Cassie became a flight attendant to run away from her past. She exists on alcohol, drunken exploits, and one night stands. After traveling on a flight to Dubai, she sleeps with passenger, Alex Sokolov. Barely remembering what happened between her and Sokolov due to a night of excessive drinking, Cassie awakens to find him dead. Did she kill him? Or is there something else at play?
After running from the scene of the crime, Cassie makes bad choice after bad choice. Her character is not very likable, but this didn't bother me. In fact, I was fascinated by her behavior. Her addiction to alcohol and men causes her to spiral deeper and deeper out of control. As the story progresses, Cassie’s choices become even riskier; as she is helping along the inevitable implosion of her life.
This is one slow moving read-if you are looking for a fast-paced, action packed thriller this is not the book for you. While it starts off on a really interesting note, nothing happens for quite some time. Tension gradually builds, leading to an explosive ending.
There’s some twists at the end that I didn't see coming. However for such a tightly wound novel, the ending gets a little out of control and a bit convoluted. And the epilogue made me roll my eyes--it just didn’t seem to fit the events of the novel or Cassie’s character. The Flight Attendant started out promising, but the ending turned it into a disappointing read for me.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Cassie Bowden, a flight attendant/party girl who boasts of her partying ways and many one-night stands.
A hotel room in Dubai.
A memorable night for Cassie OR NOT..... she doesn't really remember much considering she was so drunk that she blacked out!
Told from Cassie and Miranda's POV we get to hear their thought processes as they ponder the details involved in the night of the murder and what went wrong! The author's skill in character building was perfect - creating unique characters with emotional depth. Each personality came alive giving me insight as I tried to predict their next moves. The author did an amazing job researching each aspect of the story making it both believable and authentic. The international setting was also exotic and enjoyable.
This novel is not fast-paced or edge of your seat, but chock full of mystery and intrigue with an intricate plot, boasting some HUGE surprises! Such a talented author , I will be reading more from him very soon! Highly recommend to fans of character driven mysteries with some unpredictable twists!
How did this relatively slow-paced read manage to make me feel so very anxious almost the entire time? It was the build-up! Smartly written, clever, and gripping. This one kept me reading late into the night. The characters aren't immensely likable, but it works in this one. More complex than it looks from the blurb, it requires full attention.
The morning that will change her life starts out not so different from others. Cassandra wakes with an awful hangover, a sign that she's had one of those nights. Filled with alcohol, reduced inhibitions, and even black-outs. When she turns to peek at the man she knows is next to her, she's stunned. The man she slept with last night is dead. There's blood everywhere. There's blood on her. And she has no idea what happened to him, the American named Alex she met on the plane who has certainly met an untimely end.
Stunned, confused, and terrified, she is due back at her own hotel soon. As a flight attendant, it's important she arrive on time to return to the airport and continue on her way, back to her own country. It's a job she's enjoyed for years, allowing her to travel and meet all sorts of new people (mostly men) to have fun with. Here she makes a decision. Instead of calling the authorities or notifying anyone in the hotel there's a dead man in the lavish room, she takes off.
Even more worrisome than cameras or the watchful eyes of workers, there is the other woman. Sometime in-between their love-making, a woman named Miranda joined them for some drinks. Alex seemed to know of her, but they weren't completely familiar. She didn't stay too long, but she would certainly remember Cassie's face, right? How long could it be before she talks to the police?
Lies, lies, lies. When anyone asks Cassie a question about the last couple of days, it's all she seems to do. How long before it catches up with her? Who killed Alex? If Cassandra doesn't remember what happened... could it have been her?
I wasn't huge on the ending, for reasons I can't get into in a review. It just didn't fit the rest of the book. That kept it from being five stars, but this complex thriller is a strong four from me and highly recommended.
I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and Doubleday Books, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.