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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  • 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!

  • 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 and sumptuous hotels, but the

    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.

  • 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”.

    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 carefu

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    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”.

    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.

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister

    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 ~ TarHeelReader

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    Thanks to all my Goodreads friends who recommended this gem! The Flight Attendant grabbed me from the very first page, as I was introduced to Cassie, a flight attendant with a serious alcohol problem who wakes up to the dead body of the man she met the day before on her flight to Dubai.

    Cassie doesn’t remember if she killed Alex, or if someone else could have entered the room. Retracing her memories from the night before, she r

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    Thanks to all my Goodreads friends who recommended this gem! The Flight Attendant grabbed me from the very first page, as I was introduced to Cassie, a flight attendant with a serious alcohol problem who wakes up to the dead body of the man she met the day before on her flight to Dubai.

    Cassie doesn’t remember if she killed Alex, or if someone else could have entered the room. Retracing her memories from the night before, she recalls that a mystery woman, Miranda, shared a drink with Cassie and Alex. Was Miranda involved, or was it someone else entirely?

    Told in alternating chapters from Cassie and Miranda’s perspectives, The Flight Attendant was a slow building, captivating read, ending with a most shocking surprise that was worth the wait.

    I’ve read some other books by Bohjalian that were literary fiction, and this foray into well-researched espionage/mystery/suspense was pure genius.

    Thank you to Chris Bohjalian, Doubleday Books, and Edelweiss for the complimentary copy.

  • Debbie

    That’s what happened to Cassie, a flight attendant with a predisposition to blackouts and one-night stands. One minute she’s in a cute little uniform serving a drink to this hot cologned businessman high in the sky, the next minute she’s naked, sharing booze and body juices with him in a fancy-schmanzy hotel in Dubai. Same old same old to her, until she wakes up with a bloody corpse lying next t

    That’s what happened to Cassie, a flight attendant with a predisposition to blackouts and one-night stands. One minute she’s in a cute little uniform serving a drink to this hot cologned businessman high in the sky, the next minute she’s naked, sharing booze and body juices with him in a fancy-schmanzy hotel in Dubai. Same old same old to her, until she wakes up with a bloody corpse lying next to her.

    Pop! I’m hooked! The race to find out what happened to the guy (a one-night stand named Alex) and what will happen to Cassie—maybe the last person to see him alive—is on.

    What a great way to begin a book—guaranteed excitement from page 1. And Bohjalian continues to deliver, bigtime. Besides boozy Cassie, there are gossipy co-workers and Russian spies. There’s a frustrated lawyer, a sweet Italian bartender, the FBI, and one hell of a chase. Expect hangovers, interrogations, lies, and flights to Paris and Rome.

    You would think that waking up next to a dead guy would make Cassie switch to Perrier, but oh no, she keeps swilling down the hard stuff. Oh, she frets. And frets. And lies. And lies. Which, yes, does get a little old now and then, especially since she keeps making a lot of really asinine decisions. I wanted to slap her upside the head more than once.

    Did Cassie kill Alex during a blackout? Was he really who he said he was? Is someone gunning for her, too? Is she being followed or is she being paranoid? Will she end up in jail? Oh so many questions I needed answers to! Now!

    The story was well-paced; no blah blah stall-outs along the way.

    Oh, hell, the whole body was good: Excellent muscle tone and hardly any fat. Well-written by a master storyteller.

    Even though you’re a liar, I don’t hate you. But lay off the booze before you get yourself in deeper shit, will you? Cassie is so well-drawn! I felt like I knew this half-lovable hot mess. I didn’t really want to be around her, yet there I was, following her every move and hoping she’d end up okay.

    It’s a skilled writer who can let you in on what a character is thinking without slowing down the plot, and Bohjalian does just that. Understanding how characters feel and why they do things is what I live for. Maybe I was a shrink in a past life. Or then again maybe I was a cockroach. What do I know.

    Oh there are some doozies and I loved every one. Wait until you read the pee story! The next time I’m in the sky, I’ll be looking at everything and everyone differently, that’s for sure.

    Especially since my parents tried to pimp me out to the airlines. They dreamed of me meeting a rich guy in the sky, like Alex. And look at where that may have gotten me! Waking up next to a dead guy in Dubai! Bohjalian did his homework; he could be a job recruiter for an airline if he ever gets sick of writing.

    Addiction fascinates me. Everywhere drunks go, they seem to stir up shit. And yet I can’t stop watching and wondering. Bohjalian does an excellent job describing, in detail, what alcohol does to both the addict and the world around her. Maybe in that past life as a shrink I specialized in addiction. And maybe in a past life Bohjalian worked in a rehab center. Maybe we were work buds.

    And there’s a good one at the end. Every self-respecting thriller writer needs to hand the reader a big surprise, and Bohjalian doesn’t disappoint.

    Some reviewers say it was outrageous. I thought it was clever and fun. And I really don’t think there was a better way to end the story.

    I know it’s totally weird to have a list of complaints for a 4-star book. The following things did bother me enough to want to list them, but they didn’t prevent me from loving the book anyway. Gonna go staccato (lol, if I can!):

    Some of Cassie’s dumb-ass moves are hard to believe. But then again, drunks are known for their bad decisions.

    You don’t have to beat me over the head with it. Occasionally her behavior—and her subsequent guilt—seemed overdone and repetitive.

    There’s a little info on American politics, and there’s also a taste of Russian history. Spare me the lectures. I never like reality (or history) to barge into my fiction delight. Luckily I was only in the classroom for about 5 minutes, so it wasn’t a big deal. At all. (If I weren’t so anal I could resist the need to mention these stupid complaints!)

    I hate it when a writer uses TRY AND instead of the correct TRY TO, and it happens all over the place in this book. I know; I’m crazy. Don’t TRY TO tell me I’m not. Maybe it’s just the editor’s mistake, who knows. But it bugs me. Always.

    Some chapters are told from the point of view of a Russian named Elena. I found myself chomping at the bit to get back to Cassie. I don’t think Elena’s character was developed as well. Not a big deal.

    Occasionally Europeans uttered some sentences in English that had a complex structure. It wasn’t realistic.

    One fun fact for me. In Bohjalian’s Acknowledgments at the end of the book, he gives a “very special shout-out to Sarah Hepola.” He loved her “hauntingly beautiful” memoir,

    . I’ve read this and loved it myself; it was a runner-up favorite read of 2016. When I read his comments, something clicked. I realized that as I had been reading about Cassie, she had felt familiar. Now I see that Cassie was a lot like Sarah Hepola. Even a hotel scene was similar. Bohjalian channeled Hepola well! He said he kept a screenshot of page 214 of Blackout on his phone. Damn, I read the Kindle version of Blackout so there are no page numbers. I’m going to have to sneak into a bookstore and find a hardcover copy (or gad, did he mean the paperback version?)—and hide while I take a screenshot myself, since I might look a little suspicious. I have to know what’s on page 214. I have to!

    I read that they may make this book into a movie. Please please please be true! Jennifer Lawrence is a shoe-in for Cassie. I’ve seen her get drunk on Stephen Colbert, so I know she has it in her. Question: Would they show the movie on an international flight? Would I watch it? Hell yes.

    I loved this thriller, even though it’s not my favorite genre. It’s even weirder that I would like a spy thriller! But I’d call this a spy-thriller-light, since the spy stuff takes a backseat to our getting to know Cassie and figuring out what happened.

    I went into this one blind, so I wasn’t signing up for spies anyway. The title had made me curious, especially since my parents had wanted me to work in the sky. And I had read Bohjalian’s

    (which I liked), so I assumed I was going to be reading contemporary fiction. Wrong. Bohjalian apparently is multi-genred. Of course I need to read his other books now.

    I recommend this book to thriller readers, contemporary fiction lovers, and anyone who wants to see what alcoholism really looks like.

  • Sarah Joint

    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

    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.

    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?

    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.

  • 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.

  • Megan Johnson

    There are many things to like about this book, just as there are many things I didn't like. I wouldn't let these things stop me from reading it but I did feel that they took away from my overall enjoyment. (You can tell it's still a good book, otherwise these things wouldn't bother me so much.)

    1. The first of these is that WE KNOW she has a drinking problem, you don't have to tell us (via EVERY character) all the time. When you start treating your readers like they're dumb, you lose them.

    2. I'

    There are many things to like about this book, just as there are many things I didn't like. I wouldn't let these things stop me from reading it but I did feel that they took away from my overall enjoyment. (You can tell it's still a good book, otherwise these things wouldn't bother me so much.)

    1. The first of these is that WE KNOW she has a drinking problem, you don't have to tell us (via EVERY character) all the time. When you start treating your readers like they're dumb, you lose them.

    2. I'm so tired of "weird behavior" being written off as "maybe the character is a spy!" I know that international spy novels have their place, but seriously? When it's not believable, it's not enjoyable - and you don't have to actually be a spy to know that.

    3. The pacing just wasn't there. I felt like we swapped around a lot between drama and the misery of not knowing whether someone's about to be arrested or not. There's no award for hitting 400 pages in a book - give us the good stuff and don't waste our time.

    THAT BEING SAID, this book isn't terrible - in fact, I found it to be a pretty enjoyable read. However...

    I have to go with no on this one. From what I hear, this isn't the best of this author's works and there are so many fantastic books out there right now that my honest recommendation would be to borrow or wait for a sale.

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