Book Review Of “The Flight Attendant” By Chris Bohjalian @doubledaybooks

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 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. (From Goodreads)

Thank you to Doubleday Books #partner for the free copy of this book. Below is my review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 3 star out of 5.

THis is my first Christ Bohjalian book. The synopsis had me sold, and as soon as I saw it pop up on Doubleday’s Instagram feed, I had to request it.

Bohjalian writes with an intricacy that I rarely see in the book world. He is very in-depth, and very covert with the plot he is building. I was so focused on one character, that I was totally blindsided by another. However, with my lack of reading books of this nature, and/or topic, I wasn’t necessarily grabbed. I did struggle through  a lot of the book, and it just didn’t flow for me. But that is strictly just me. No fault to the author. There is a reason he is a best-selling, well celebrated Author. The proof is in the pudding and it shows in this book. Sadly this book just kind of went over my head.

For fans of political, thrillers/suspense, for fans of conspiracy theories, spies, and undercover agents. This book is for you, 100%. So don’t listen to my review. I do want to add, the intelligence of Bohjalian show’s through in his word choice. I had to look up a few of them. I do want to say, I LOVED that ending!

Remember that person you wanted to be? There’s still time.

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Chris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 20 books. Chris’s work has been translated into over 30 languages and three times become movies (“Midwives,” “Secrets of Eden,” and “Past the Bleachers.”)

“The Flight Attendant” landed March 13 and debuted as a New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Indiebound, Wall Street Journal, and iBooks Bestseller. It has been optioned by Kaley Kuoco and Warner Brothers Television for a limited series.

Chris’s books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon.

Awards include the ANCA Freedom Award for educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide; the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal; the New England Society Book Award for The Night Strangers; the New England Book Award; Russia’s Soglasie (Concord) Award for The Sandcastle Girls; a Boston Public Library Literary Light; a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Trans-Sister Radio; and the Anahid Literary Award. “Midwives” was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah’s Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. 

Chris is a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude of Amherst College, and has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest, and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.


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