ARC Review: The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Release Date: March 13, 2018
Publisher: Doubleday
Format: ebook
Pages: 368 pages
Genre:  Thriller/Suspense
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover


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?


I love Chris Bohjalian books but I had a hard time getting into this one.  It might have nothing to do with the book and everything to do with the main character.  Cassandra Bowden is an alcoholic who gets drunk and is reckless with her behavior. She drinks too much blacks out, sleeps around and generally behaves in a reckless way at every turn. When she wake up next to her latest conquest in Dubai she finds that while she was passed out someone had come in and practically severed his head from his body.  Not knowing what may have happened or her role in it Cassandra leaves the scene without calling he police and gets on her flight back to the USA.

Alcohol ruins lives and it ruins more than one in this book. As Cassandra tries to figure out what to do, fends off the press and has to deal with the FBI. She also feels that she is being followed and can't figure out who it could be.

Bohjalian is a master story teller of books that always touch on controversy.  This one just didn't hit the mark for me. While Cassandra's drunken black outs and outrageous behavior are definitely not glorified I didn't feel the severity and weight of them on her or the people around her with the exception of this new murder.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review. 

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