Title: The Flight Attendant
Author : Chris Bohjalian
Publication Date: 03/13/16
Dates Read: 02/18/18 – 02/25/18
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
It’s all fun and games until someone gets their throat slashed…
Cassie Bowden is a flight attendant.
Cassie Bowden is an alcoholic.
Cassie Bowden is an utter mess.
Cassie Bowden also just woke up in a hotel in Dubai next to a dead man with vague and twisty memories of the blackout-drunk night before.
We all have that ‘fight or flight’ response, and Cassie chose the perfect career because her response is flight, for sure. You can judge her all you want for not calling the authorities, but when you are standing in the center of a crime scene—shattered glass on the floor, your fingerprints everywhere, a murdered man in your bed, and the absence of total clarity of the events of the night before—what would you do?
What starts as a typical, passion and liquor-filled night for Cassie, turns out to be the traumatizing beginnings to a web of lies and danger. Authorities from two different countries are involved, the FBI is involved, and Cassie does what any good flighty alcoholic would do… she drinks and continues to dig herself into a deeper hole. Could she really have killed him? If she didn’t can she find out who was responsible? Is she, herself, in danger?
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This book is phenomenal! The author certainly did his homework for this title. I can’t say too much without dangerously dancing around spoilers, but the facts, locations, laws, etc that are used in this novel are fantastic! There are FBI reports inserted sneakily between chapters and you get to see two different sides of this story, as another POV is introduced (I really can’t figure out a way to tell you much about this character without spoiling something).
The character development is so strong in this novel. Cassie should be totally unlikable.. but she’s not. Her humanity shows–we learn about her background and the things that led to her drinking habits. Her scars are deep and her emotion is raw. Shes a beautifully constructed character that I was really rooting for the entire novel, even when she made some not-so-smart decisions.
This is one of those novels that you really cannot disclose much about without spoiling really fun twists and turns, but I highly recommend this one. The ending was ON POINT… totally thought I had things figured out and I was very wrong and then continued to be very wrong. I was so satisfied and impressed with the ending!!! I would call this one a must-read of 2018, for sure!
**Barnes and Noble pre-orders of this novel are signed! 🙂
Thank you to Chris Bohjalian, Doubleday, and NetGalley for providing me with a DRC of this title in exchange for an honest review!