The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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"From the New York Times 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"--
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385542425
0385542429
052543268X
9780525432685
0385542410
9780385542418
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Cassie Bowden is a flight attendant with a drinking problem. Rock bottom comes when she wakes up in a hotel room in Dubai with a dead man next to her. Warning: do not read this on a plane!

"Cassie Bowden is a flight attendant with a drinking problem. Rock bottom comes when she wakes up in a hotel room in Dubai with a dead man next to her. Warning: do not read this on a plane!"

Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Public Library, Commerce Township, MI


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UnionvilleMama
May 21, 2018

Sigh... another book with a female lead who is an alcoholic.

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mjk236sb
Apr 21, 2018

This was not one of his most memorable books. The main character was not someone you could empathize with or even really care that she gets out of the trouble she finds herself caught up in during this story. Not a very likable character - and then a weird ending that made no sense at all.

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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.

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jachayden
Apr 06, 2018

It was okay. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it, but I wouldn't advise anyone not to read it. I definitely did not appreciate this novel, which was written by a man, displays the main female character as deeply flawed, unreliable, an alcoholic, and basically worth nothing more than her (aging, can't forget that she's aging!) body. The other female characters are personality-less, nagging, and revealed to be liars. On the flip side, all of the male characters are written as lovely, genuine, caring, smart, and capable heroes, despite the fact that they are all liars and spies too. Chris Bohjalian might want to get to know a woman, any woman, before he writes us all off as sluts and drunks. Completed 4/5/18.

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laphampeak
Mar 25, 2018

This author seems to dilute his novels as each comes out. The Flight Attendant is about a flight attendant who drinks and sleeps around - this time with the wrong man. Her fling has her waking up next to a dead body. She leaves the scene and it takes half the book to get this far. The characterizations are repetitive and the story weak. When I find myself skimming it spells trouble, not having a deep enough story or plot.

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pharra19
Mar 25, 2018

Waiting to read a Chris Bohjalian novel is like waiting for Christmas morning!
The excitement, the anticipation, and in this case, the letdown.
Oh, as always, Mr. Bohjalian has delivered a good story, but I found the book just "okay".
An unlikeable heroine (she describes herself accurately as a "hot mess") finds herself in the midst of international intrigue, and responds by making one alcohol-infused dumb decision after another. The story does pick up half way through the book, and there is even some suspense at the end.
But a just "okay" book is not what I've come to expect from the brilliant mind of Chris Bohjalian.

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CuriosityCounts
Mar 25, 2018

Much to "wordy". The book could have been edited down to half as many pages and been a better read.

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darladoodles
Mar 16, 2018

This is my first Chris Bohjalian novel and I found it to be a thrilling trip in the world of flight attendants and international intrigue. Cassie was an unreliable, but somewhat likable narrator. She did tend to make bad choices, but without there would not have been a story to tell. A cat-and-mouse game that held my attention to the unexpected conclusion.

debwalker Mar 12, 2018

Another flawed heroine. Well, if they weren't flawed, there wouldn't be much of a story! This one is taking off.

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