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From the 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Chris Bohjalian’s 20th novel gave us shades of The Girl on the Train—not only in the alcoholic narrator who must piece together events from a blacked-out state but also in its unflinching yet compassionate tone. Bohjalian adds bursts of dark humor to Cassie Bowden's story, which proves that the only thing worse than waking up and not knowing what you’ve done is running away and telling as many lies as you can. Bowden’s rapid evolution from flight attendant to near-murder victim to suspected international spy leads to an ending full of unexpected twists.
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The Flight Attendant
Very suspenseful. Slow in some places but all of the pieces came together at the very end. You definitely have to finish the book!
Possibly the worst book I’ve ever read. I cannot possibly even force myself to read the last 50 pages. It’s puzzling to me how a publisher even agreed to put this in print it’s so boring and SLOW. Ok, we get that the main character likes to drink...how many times do you have to describe it...and absolutely no twists or turns. Within the first few pages you learn what happened - ok, unless I had to bear through all of this for the last few pages which I simply cannot get through.
This book was so boring
Where was the edge of my seat thriller? I dreaded reading this and had to force myself through it. Actually I haven’t even finished it. You’d think at page 477 it would get better. It hasn’t. This book is slower then molasses. Pass on it