The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant

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...

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  • Deanna

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    4.5 Stars!!

    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 sle

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    4.5 Stars!!

    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.

    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…….

    He’s dead.

    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.

    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.

  • Holly  B

    Cassie Bowden, a flight attendant/party girl who boasts of her partying ways and many one-night stands.

    A hotel room in Dubai.

    A murder.

    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

    Cassie Bowden, a flight attendant/party girl who boasts of her partying ways and many one-night stands.

    A hotel room in Dubai.

    A murder.

    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!

  • AnisaAnne

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    This novel is a complex international thriller. Suspenseful and intelligent!

    "I awoke beside a dead man. I may have gotten away with murder." It is not the first time Cassie has blacked out after a night of untamed drinking. Cassie wakes up in a dense fog. This place is not her hotel. She is in someone's room in another hotel. And she is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Brace for Impact.

    Cassie, a flight attendant, has

    You can also read my review on WP:

    This novel is a complex international thriller. Suspenseful and intelligent!

    "I awoke beside a dead man. I may have gotten away with murder." It is not the first time Cassie has blacked out after a night of untamed drinking. Cassie wakes up in a dense fog. This place is not her hotel. She is in someone's room in another hotel. And she is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Brace for Impact.

    Cassie, a flight attendant, has just discovered that her Russian hedge fund date from row 2C is lying in a pool of his blood. She remembers another person in the room hours prior, Miranda. They all drank together. But now Cassie is not sure what happened. What did she do in her nebulous state? She tries to cover all her footsteps and fingerprints leaving no trace behind. But there is Miranda. But also Meghan, another attendant, who remembers Cassie's flirtation with Alex during the flight.

    The Flight Attendant has a suspenseful and intricate plot. Told in alternating points of view, Cassie, and Elena (Miranda) both tell their sides after the scene which makes the narrative intriguing. Cassie's uncanny ability to lie coupled with her paranoia makes us suspect that she may be an unreliable storyteller. I love Cassie's thought process after Dubai, the pondering of each detail with the precision of a mastermind. After all, she can only rely on herself to determine what happened and what is to follow. Elena is a well-respected paid assassin and can cover the truth with a twenty-two. Her father taught her everything he knew from his former KGB days. Each of these characters carries a multi dimensional personality with a unique backstory and family members with quirks and personal behaviors. The author did not skimp out on the details which made the characters believable and relatable. Oddly enough, you sympathize with conflicting characters, which is an engaging twist. As the story unfolds, we learn more about who Alex Sokolov is and why he is dead. What is Miranda's involvement. And why the FBI is questioning Cassie.

    The author did his research on several levels. With an international murder setting, the legal details of foreign and domestic law and protocols of the FBI are precise. The setting of Dubai boasts with Arabian pride, with grand hotels and the souk markets with omnipotent smells of spice. The author also had specific details of the role of an airline attendant, flight routes, the in-between arrangement, flight bidding and also of the preferred color of lipstick, red. The intricacies of the plot and narrative felt remarkably complete and created authenticity.

    My only complaint about the novel is that the character building and the reminiscence created a time lag between the action of the plot. But it may be a reflection of my need for fast-moving plots.

    The story moves at a metronomic pace creating a hunger in the reader. And then there is intermittent turbulence to make you gasp and the undeniable debacle at the conclusion that will leave you reaching for oxygen. The Flight Attendant is a great story that engaged the reader on many levels. I highly recommend The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian.

    Thank you, NetGalley, Chris Bohjalain, and Doubleday Books for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

    I don’t know who said “the devil is in the details” but if that’s true, then

    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

    I don’t know who said “the devil is in the details” but if that’s true, then

    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.

    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.

    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,

    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.

  • Kaceey

    Cassie is a flight attendant living the high life. She’s drinking way too much, punctuated by emotionless nights in beds of total strangers during her layovers. She knows full well this behavior needs to stop....only she can’t. During a stop-over in Dubai and a long night of heavy partying, Cassie wakes up with the worst hangover ever. Trying to slip out of bed silently, she notices the man lying next to her. And he’s quite dead. Her memory is spotty at best of the previous night, right before s

    Cassie is a flight attendant living the high life. She’s drinking way too much, punctuated by emotionless nights in beds of total strangers during her layovers. She knows full well this behavior needs to stop....only she can’t. During a stop-over in Dubai and a long night of heavy partying, Cassie wakes up with the worst hangover ever. Trying to slip out of bed silently, she notices the man lying next to her. And he’s quite dead. Her memory is spotty at best of the previous night, right before she blacked out. Did someone come in during the night and kill him or worse... did she kill him? And now can’t recall the event? She needs to make up her mind, and fast. Call the police and risk prison in a foreign country, or just fly away and pretend she was never there.

    I found Cassie’s character to be shallow and not very likable. Her drinking and behavior are out of control through most of the book. But I must admit, at times I really did feel for her and found myself rooting for her. Even hoping she would find a way out of the mess she’d made for herself. Unfortunately, she kept digging herself in deeper and deeper...

    This is not a fast paced thriller. The suspense builds slowly as the storyline is laced out. Only to come to a jaw dropping moment. (Seriously, my jaw physically dropped I was so shocked!). Great Job Chris Bohjalian!! I love when an author can draw me in only to pull the rug out from under me!! This was my first read from this author, but I will now be going back to find some of CB’s previous books.

    Thank you to NetGalley, Doubleday Books and Chris Bohjalian for an ARC to review in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jennifer

    Regular readers of

    have learned by now that you never know what you're going to get when you open one of his novels. Every single one is different. Because some of the enjoyment of Bohjalian comes with the surprise factor, I won't go into heavy detail about

    except to say that this book is more about the female lead character: Cassie than it is the overall plot line. Don't get me wrong, there is an intricate storyline to follow - one that is at once full of co

    Regular readers of

    have learned by now that you never know what you're going to get when you open one of his novels. Every single one is different. Because some of the enjoyment of Bohjalian comes with the surprise factor, I won't go into heavy detail about

    except to say that this book is more about the female lead character: Cassie than it is the overall plot line. Don't get me wrong, there is an intricate storyline to follow - one that is at once full of confusion and cleverness, but Cassie is at the heart of this novel. You will get to know every single thing about her...every flaw (and the flaws are significant) but I couldn't help but like her so much despite her epic poor judgement and self-sabotage tendencies because she is just so human.

    is full of mystery, murder, sex, culture, and one hell of an unreliable narrator. It's full of other stuff too but I won't spoil the plot. My one criticism comes around the 72% mark (in the ARC edition) when Bohjalian segues into a political soapbox of sorts. It made me wonder if he wrote this book and focused on the countries he did just so he could include those narratives. It disappointed me a great deal to think there may have been a possible agenda with this book but it's Bohjalian's book and his platform. The opinions were confined to this chapter but I would have preferred them to be left out all together. Each reader will have their own opinion and perspective of current events. Let them take the settings and subject matter and draw their own. Regardless, I very much enjoyed

    overall and am very glad to have read it. It was engaging, very mysterious, and it created a hundred different avenues for how it could have ended. If you are a fan of character-driven mysteries, check it out!

    NetGalley

    Chris Bohjalian

    Doubleday Books

    13 Mar 2018

  • Mackey St

    Readers of his work, by now, should just come to expect a literary surprise each time they open his newest book! The Flight Attendant is no exception.

    What begins as a somewhat slow burning, character driven mystery soon escalates into an international espionage thriller. It happened so quickly I nearly wasn't aware of it.

    Granted, Cassie, the flight attendant, is a train wreck waiting to happen. To say she is an alcoholic is like saying the Vatican is a small c

    Readers of his work, by now, should just come to expect a literary surprise each time they open his newest book! The Flight Attendant is no exception.

    What begins as a somewhat slow burning, character driven mystery soon escalates into an international espionage thriller. It happened so quickly I nearly wasn't aware of it.

    Granted, Cassie, the flight attendant, is a train wreck waiting to happen. To say she is an alcoholic is like saying the Vatican is a small cathedral. She drinks a lot; she blacks out - not passes out - blacks out with no recollection of events. She has a guy in every port or maybe more than one guy. This time she has awakened next to a murdered man and she cannot recall how it happened. This guy has connections to Russians who now are very interested in Cassie. Cassie, being the bright mess that she is creates one debacle after another. Never have I read a book with such an infuriating main character! However, despite this insanity that is her life, Cassie is not unlikeable. No matter how hard I tried to loathe her, I simply could not.

    This is very much Cassie's story despite a secondary voice every other chapter or so. What a story it is, too, and one that is told as only Chris Bohjalian can do - amazingly! This novel crosses genres from mystery to suspense, thriller to espionage...there is something for everyone.

  • Theresa Alan

    This novel starts off starts off at a breathless pace and rarely lets up. It ends with a taut, exciting finale as well.

    Cassie Bowden is a flight attendant who doesn’t believe in moderation when it comes to alcohol and sex. When she wakes up in a hotel room in Dubai with a pounding headache and only some memories of the night before, she discovers the man she’d been flirting with on the flight over is dead beside her in bed. Blood is everywhere. She’s pretty sure she didn’t kill him. Why would sh

    This novel starts off starts off at a breathless pace and rarely lets up. It ends with a taut, exciting finale as well.

    Cassie Bowden is a flight attendant who doesn’t believe in moderation when it comes to alcohol and sex. When she wakes up in a hotel room in Dubai with a pounding headache and only some memories of the night before, she discovers the man she’d been flirting with on the flight over is dead beside her in bed. Blood is everywhere. She’s pretty sure she didn’t kill him. Why would she slit his throat? He seemed like a nice guy. Because she has gaps in her memory, she decides to catch the flight to Paris rather than find out how they deal with drunken women and possible murderers in Dubai.

    The mystery and twists and turns make this a fun, exciting read. Cassie’s behavior makes for an unlikely heroine, yet is understandable. After all, alcoholism is an inherited disease, and she’s only like her father in that she drinks too much. Oh yeah, and doesn’t make great decisions. Some of her choices made me cringe, but people making bad choices is what makes for compelling thrillers. I would definitely read more of this author's work.

    Thanks so much to NetGalley and Doubleday books for the opportunity to review this book.

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  • Meredith

    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 aw

    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.

    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.

    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.

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