The Flight Attendant

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I was really hoping this book would renew an early love I have for Chris Bohjalian books, but no such luck. I think way to many authors are falling into the "Gone Girl" category trying to write thrillers that really don't deliver. I made it halfway through this one and felt I hadn't gotten anywhere!
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This is one of those books with a horribly unreliable narrator that you pretty much hate the entire way through. Or at least I did. It was bad decision after bad decision, even when she knew what she was doing. She just didn’t care. And yet I loved this book. Her unreliability had me constantly on my toes trying to figure out how things were going to play out. I have no idea how he pulled it off, but Bohjalian did it again.
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All I know for sure, is I wouldn't want to be lying about murder in a place like Dubai. There are a lot of twists and Cassandra's alcohol use and partying muddies the waters.
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Thank you for Netgalley, Chris Bohjalian, and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of the Flight Attendant.

Cassie is a flight attendant who wakes up one more in a foreign hotel room next to a dead man that she only met the previous night. Cassie has a tendency to drink too much, pick up strange men, and black out or pass out. When Cassie discovers the dead body, she can not remember everything the night before.  The book proceeds to determine if Cassie killed this man. Or was it Melinda, the attractive woman who came to Alex's hotel the night before? . What reasons would there be to murder Alex, a very attractive and apparently rich, hedge fund manager? What will Cassie do to figure out what exactly happened that night?

I believe this book had an interesting storyline. However, I felt no connection to Cassie, the main character. Actually, for the majority of the book, I just felt annoyance with Cassie. Maybe that was the point. Cassie is not a good person and takes after her father in a lot of ways. Even her own sister, does not trust Cassie with her niece and nephew because of the drinking and inappropriate sexual behavior. I did  not like the way the book flowed back and forth between the viewpoints of Cassie and "Miranda". For this story, I thought it was a little over-the-top. That being said, I did start to feel warmer about Cassie towards the end. The ending was a bit of a surprise. I did not actually see it coming.

I think fans of Chris Bohjalian will enjoy this book. I look forward to reading other books by this author.
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This was my first book by Chris Bohjalian and although it was not faced paced I still thoroughly enjoyed it. The story line built and the suspense came at the right times. 

The ending was surprising but not hit the floor shocking?

I never fully lost interest in the book but I do feel like it was missing something. I think it has to be the ending. I wanted more excitement and thrill and I was really let down. 

Overall, it was a good read that I enjoyed for the most part. 

Thank you Netgalley & the publisher for my free copy.
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Well, that was something!

Cassie Bowden is a flight attendant living on pure alcohol and one night stands, filled up with many days of complete blackouts.  One morning she wakes up with a terrible hangover in a Dubai hotel room with a dead man laying right beside her.  There is blood everywhere - even all over her.  Cassie has no idea what happened.  This will be the day that will change her life!  Who killed this man?  Could it have been her?

The Flight Attendant is a great story that is told from two alternating points of view, that is slow to build, character-driven, and very intriguing.  Looking forward to reading more of Chris Bohjalian's books.  Highly recommend!

*Many thanks to NetGalley and Doubleday for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I received this copy for honest review. 
Thank you so much!
What a great thrill and suspence it was to read. What a great psychological thrill! This novel had everything in it. The  thrill, the suspence, the psychological, and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beatting so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every page, every chapter was a page turner. I couldn't believe my eyes what I was reading. I highly recommend everybody get this book and read it. It will surprise you in every way.
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I enjoyed this book, though some parts of it were better paced than others. I thought the buildup of one of the villains felt oddly cut short, but I wound up enjoying the ending because it wasn't what you usually get from books like these. I haven't read this author, but I would give her another shot. Also, alcoholic or not, this is a cautionary tale for anyone who ever hooks up with people when they are out of town!
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Like most good mysteries, The Flight Attendant not only had me wondering what happened, but why. When I was only halfway through the story, without answers to either question, I thought I lost access to my electronic copy of this novel. I spent months wondering "what ever happened" so I was elated to find that I could recover my copy! Perhaps this built up the suspense more than a normal situation but I was very pleased not just with knowing what happened but why and how.  The ending did not disappoint. I will be looking into more novels by Mr. Bohjalian.
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I had a hard time with this book. The premise sounded compelling but then when I learned that the main character was essentially set-up, I lost interest. I just wasn't interested in the other female character and her reasons for creating the plot. I unfortunately did not finish the book.
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I had a lot of fun with this book! Great vacation thriller with tons of fun details about what it's like to work in the skies.  The author knows when to linger in character development without sacrificing plot momentum.
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The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian reads like an espionage thriller. However, the book is character driven more so than plot driven. The question for me is not why Alex Sokolov is killed but rather what is to become of the main characters – Cassie and Elena. The epilogue pushes the boundaries of believability, most markedly skipping over the challenges of dealing with alcoholism. However, until that point, the book is a page turner and an entertaining read. 

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The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian is a book that is simply not what it seems at first glance. I guess I should have expected such from his previous novel, The Guest Room. That also is a book that slowly and cleverly morphs into something different. The Flight Attendant follows the misadventure of Cassandra Bowden and her night of drunken sex that ends with terrifying consequences.

"...And there he was. For a split second, her mind registered only the idea that something was wrong. It may have been the body's utter stillness, but it may also have been the way she could sense the amphibian cold. But then she saw the blood. She saw the great crimson stain on the pillow, and a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. He was flat on his back. She saw his neck, the yawning red trench from one side of his jaw to the other, and how the blood had geysered onto his chest and up against the bottom of his chin, smothering the black stubble like honey..."

Cassandra is a binge drinker, so waking up with a strange man in bed with her and little to know memory of the night before is nothing new. Her job as a flight attendant makes these nights incredibly easy. Fly into a city, hit the bar in the hotel and let someone take her to bed. She's done it so often that she's made a lifestyle of it. Only this morning this man was not in the hotel bar. He was a passenger on the plane and people had seen them flirting with one another and now here he was. Naked. Dead. Murdered as she slept next to him after a long night of sex. Had she done it herself? She had been violent before when she was drunk. Not that she remembered but she had been told. If not her then who? What Cassandra knew what that she was hungover, with a dead body in the hotel room, in Dubai and with her flight home leaving in two hours.

Now Cassandra must do something else she's very good at. She lies. She lies to the other Attendants as they fly to Paris and then back to New York. She lies to the FBI and when the truth gets to close she gets an attorney and then she lies to her as well. But Cassandra begins to realize that perhaps the dead man is not just any dead man. She begins her own investigation but can she control her self destructive impulses?

"...I did something stupid last night?' she confessed, and she told Ani what had occured at the bar. But instead of firing or even chastising her, Ani sounded as if she had come to expect this sort of bad behavior from her client. There was an edge of disappointment to her response, but mostly she just sounded sad.
'Someday you'll hit bottom,' she said. 'For most people, that would have been Dubai. Not you, apparently. We'll see,'
'How much trouble am I in?' she asked.
'For calling the Sokolov family in Virginia? Oh, probably no more than yesterday. You should be embarrassed, but I'm not sure it's really possible to shame you, Cassie..."

Cassandra soons finds herself embroiled in a plot of espionage and assassinations and murder. All because of one drunken night. It soon becomes clear that her greatest worry is not that she is a suspect in the murder of a man in the hotel room in Dubai. But that she may be the next target.

Here is the thing, Cassie is an irresponsible bitch. Really and no this is not slut shaming. She could sleep around all she wants but there are parts in this book that she does things that are cruel and painful to other characters because it is just who she is. She hurts her own family, not to mention drunk prank calling the parents of a man who whose brutally murdered in a foreign country. She is really unlikable so it is to Bohjhalian's credit that we start to actually care about her. Cassie deserves the worst that can happen but we don't want it to happen to her. We want her to learn and redeem herself but she never does. She avoids and brushes it off until when finally she is staring into her own death, she can only lament how she came to this place. In the end Cassie is Cassie and she can never be anything else. 

A terrific twist and turn book that refuses to be categorized as a thriller or as women's fiction. In the end it is not just the plot that has the pull here, but the characters and Cassandra is a character you will long remember.

The Flight Attendant is a really good read.
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I would categorize The Flight Attendant as a suspense thriller.  The writing technique that took me out of the flow of the book was the heavy use of inner dialogues for the main characters. I chose this book because of the premise, and for the most part Chris Bohjalian kept that promise (though I found the ending unsatisfactory, personal opinion).  The main character is an alcoholic, most times functional, sometimes apologetic, but a drunk none the less. I wanted to see more growth from the character, I wanted to eventually support her if not like her. At the point in her life where we join her, the lessons just arent being learned, and that was depressing, disheartening reading for me.  The story lagged in the middle to me and seemed rushed in the final pages, so I would term it unbalanced. The suspense factor was good but not intense.  
The Flight Attendant reminded me of the reasons I dislike The Girl on the Train, so perhaps the drunk unreliable narrator isnt for me.
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This was a very slow read : I had to make myself pick it up. I found the depiction of the main character to be bothersome: a male engaging in the same type of behavior would not have garnered the kind of negative attention and shaming that Cassie did. Then again, I was extremely frustrated with Cassie's self-defeating behavior, always making the worst decision, never considering consequences, digging herself a deeper and deeper hole at every turn. On top of that, I never connected with her, so I couldn't muster any real empathy (unusual for me). Ultimately, I didn't care what happened to her. I finished mostly because I wanted to know what really happened. 
This is my first book by this author, but I've heard a lot of good things about him. Honestly, I expected more. It felt like half the book was repeating everything that was wrong with Cassie and her choices (ad nauseam), leaving very little room for the meaty plot I expected.
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Cassie is an binge-drinking flight attendant prone to blackouts and one-night stands, so when she wakes up in a Dubai hotel room that isn’t hers, in bed with a passenger she was flirting with on an international flight, it’s just another day in her transcontinental, party-girl life. But while trying to quietly get out of bed without waking him, she finds she is covered in blood…but it’s not hers.

The man next to her is dead, his throat slit.

With little memory of the night before, she’s fuzzy about what happened—and isn’t entirely certain she didn’t kill him—but rather than alert the authorities, she quickly returns to her hotel and the rest of the crew for their flight out to their next destination. When Cassie eventually returns home to New York, she is interviewed by investigators, and continues to make one bad decision after another, all the while, trying to piece together spotty memories of what happened that night. She remembers a woman stopping by the hotel room to discuss business with her colleague about a meeting that was to take place the following day, and the three of them had drinks together, but doesn’t remember any behavior that would’ve resulted in murder.

This was a gripping, page-turning thriller, right up until the too-pat ending that didn’t fit at all with the rest of the book, but it’s still a worthy read, and I’ll definitely be looking into some of Bohjalian’s other novels. 3.5 stars

NetGalley and Doubleday Books kindly provided me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Flight attendant, Cassandra Bowden awakens after a night where she blacked out in Dubai to find the man she spent the night with is dead. She flees the hotel room and returns to her hotel to get on a flight to Paris. Cassie does not remember what happened the prior evening and is not 100% sure she didn't kill the man. She is pretty sure she didn't as she does stupid things when she drinks, but has never done dangerous things previously.

A murder investigation is in the forefront and Cassie is doing everything she can to cover her tracks. Being questioned by the FBI, Cassie finally admits she knows the murdered man and had a one night stand with him.

In Bohjalian's normal vain, nothing is what it seems and the twists keep coming right until the very end.
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I was given a digital copy of this from Netgalley for review. I enjoyed this one. It kept me interested and was a pretty quick read. Well written, and contains both a compelling plot and an interesting protagonist.  I like books that can deliver both.
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This book was absolutely thrilling without haunting my dreams. It’s an intriguing premise - a flight attendant wakes up from a drunken night next to a murdered man. Did she do it? The plot was woven perfectly so that even though every page wasn’t riveting, I always wanted to keep going. Wondering if I had already figured it out myself (I hadn’t). Highly recommend!! This book sets itself apart from other in the genre because it isn’t too gorey or confusing but is absolutely intriguing from beginning to end!
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This book had an amazing first couple of chapters that just set up the rest of the novel. I mean, you're thrown right into the middle of the action as Cassandra wakes up next to a dead body - yes, a dead body.

Cassandra is a flight attendant (and barely functional alcoholic) who wakes up one morning in Dubai and discovers that the guy she slept with the night before has been slaughtered beside her. She makes a quick decision to cover her presence up and leave him there. Then, things begin to pick up as authorities investigate the death of the American hedge fund manager and Cassandra finds herself navigating the inquiry.

I'm not usually one for international crime-type novels, but this one was great, largely in part due to the characters themselves. Cassandra is fascinating and seems to want to do better, but she's struggling. So are others. I don't want to give away too much.

There's quite a web that gets weaved in this one and it's really suspenseful and thrilling - with all the split-second decisions being made, anything can go wrong or right at any point.

It would have been a five-star read, if not for the ending. It felt a little rushed and some stuff came out of nowhere. But I loved the majority.

Fans of suspense and crime stories will really enjoy this one.
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