The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"From the ... bestselling author of The Guest Room, a powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night: A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man--and no idea what happened. 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, 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? Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at forty thousand feet, The Flight Attendant unveils a spellbinding story of memory, of the giddy pleasures of alcohol and the devastating consequences of addiction, and of murder far from home"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780385542418
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 15, 2019

Detestable protagonist, juvenile, implausible plot, frustratingly unsatisfying ending. All the elements that go into a taut, gripping thriller? I think not.

Dec 29, 2018

Although I enjoyed this book, I needed more development in the ending of the book. The ending felt rushed to me. I enjoyed the book. The premise of an alcoholic flight attendant is probably realistic and the murder in which she was implicated had interesting twists. Readable, but not my favorite Bohjalian novel.

Dec 16, 2018

As a retired flight attendant, I enjoyed the way the author wove the flight attendant’s duties and life-style in a way that readily supports the intriguing (and, seemingly fantastical) story line into a realistic possibility. Passengers could consider the profession more complex that what it seems. This is a read that improved with each completed chapter.

Nov 16, 2018

Read it to the end because I found author's detail on flight attendant life to be pretty accurate. The drinking, however, was a little bit too exagerated & the bragging by the flight attendant to other co-workers wouldn't be accurate at all. Had the focus not been so centered on the alcoholism, even though it was the basis for Cassi's overall behavior, it really didn't add as much to the story as I think the author hoped it would. The ending got a little bit confusing as to the way Cassie ended up being an informant. Seems the book dragged on & the author sped it up to finally end it all. Just like some movies that never seem to be able to find a way to end & close the door.

daniellevk_0 Sep 13, 2018

I thought this book sounded interesting and I liked the plot. The beginning got my interest and started in a way that was somewhat suspenseful but I thought that the beginning and ending were the best parts of the book. The in between was slow and took me awhile to get through. The language of the author is good though and he knows how to write. It kept me wanting to find out what happens.

Aug 18, 2018

I read it because I loved his other books. I was a bit disappointed, even though I read it to the end.

Aug 13, 2018

This is a not so very thrilling thriller. It starts off ok, but then just gets to long and predictable. Cassie the flighty flight attendant. She's a drunk, and is always drinking and she's pretty dumb, which is kind of sad. I like a strong female lead, not a hot mess of girl who has gotten herself in trouble all the time for drinking and sleeping around with men on her flights. She's not a likeable character.. I do admit at times I felt sorry for her, but that's about it.. The plot twist at the end.. I knew it.

Aug 08, 2018

This is the first novel that I have read by this author. He gets good reviews because of his character development, and I agree with that. I think the author wrote the number of pages necessary for his publisher and then used the lazy method of an epilogue two years in the future to finish the book. The book was entertaining to read and had many thrilling moments, but left the story lines of minor characters completely unfinished. I also did not like his use of interview reports to further the plot.

I will probably read this author's books when I have a long flight and want something that keeps my attention. Kind of a thriller beach read.

ArapahoeDianeM Aug 06, 2018

Marcley Apr 20, 2018
I agree with most of the other comments about this book. It was "Okay", Not "Page turning"
The main character, Cassie, a flight attendant, meets a gentleman on her flight to Dubai, has drinks, then goes to his room. She has an alcohol problem and her memory is Extremely clouded. She wakes up in the morning next to a dead body. The rest of the book is the mystery and finding out who killed him. It took me a couple weeks to finish this book, not a good sign that it's a good book.

scl_Cori Jul 09, 2018

I read this because everyone else was :)
It's not a life-changing novel but It's a good summer read. It didn't end like I assumed it would, and it kept me entertained. I'd recommend it for a beach read.

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