The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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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?
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY
Characteristics: 356 pages ;,25 cm.


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Simone_CCL Nov 29, 2018

In this fast-paced thriller, a flight attendant wakes up next to a dead man and with no clue about what, if anything, she had to do with his demise.

Kate S: Gripping mystery - Carrie wakes up one morning next to a dead body … she has no memory of the night before so is unsure of her involvement in the murder.

Roberta's pick: By page 8 you know who has been murdered. By page 18 you know who did it. The rest of this unputdownable roller coaster ride from Dubai to New York via Rome is a fast paced exploration of the life of Cassie, the quintessential flight attendant stereotype, and her wild card choices... Read More »

robertafsmith May 27, 2018

Roberta's pick: By page 8 you know who has been murdered. By page 18 you know who did it. The rest of this unputdownable roller coaster ride from Dubai to New York via Rome is a fast paced exploration of the life of Cassie, the quintessential flight attendant stereotype, and her wild card choices... Read More »

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May 22, 2021

Bohjalian directs his considerable talents as a writer to the thriller genre - "The Flight Attendant" is not his first, but with the flawed heroine and character-driven plot twists, it is one of his best.

Mar 25, 2021

I liked the novel but I too was disappointed in the ending. As she was a binge drinker and very promiscuous, I would have thought that she would have used birth control or some sort of device(?) to at least reduce the chances of STDs!

Mar 22, 2021

I was thoroughly disappointed with the ending. As previous comments indicated the ending felt extremely rushed. I must also say that I skim read a lot of the book. I will not read this author again.

Feb 28, 2021

Cassie Bowden is a flight attendant who makes very bad choices.

She frequently drinks until she blacks out and she often has sex with random strangers during these blackouts.

Surprisingly, she has suffered few long-term consequences for her choices; but that changes one morning in Dubai, when she wakes up next to a naked man with a slit throat.

Chris Bohjalian's 2018 novel "The Flight Attendant" follows Cassie as she flees the crime scene in Dubai, through the suspicion cast on her, and her chronic self-destructive behavior.

The action switches from the Middle East to New York to Rome and we get a peek inside Cassie and her pursuers, building both the action and the characters. Bohjalian does a good job developing the backgrounds and flaws of his main characters, particularly the title character and the assassin who lurks in the background. Each is plagued with daddy issues that contributed to the life they are currently leading.

I enjoyed the flawed protagonist and the espionage mixed throughout the book. The ending felt a bit rushed as some of the twists came a little too suddenly, but I can forgive this.

Overall, this was an entertaining read.

Feb 16, 2021

This was a first read by Bohjalian for me, and to be honest I sincerely doubt I'll ever read another. It was honestly one of the most boring reading experiences I've ever had.
The whole thing just drags... On and on, and on... And on... 354pgs that could've been summarised into half of that page amount.
It's one those very predictable, forgettable, novels.

VaughanPLKatherine Nov 09, 2020

After watching the trailer for the new HBO show (starring Kaley Cuoco) I had to pick up this book right away. The premise is really interesting to me, and I thought it was unique to have a flight attendant as the main protagonist.

The book was entertaining enough, but the mystery aspect of it wasn't my cup of tea. I prefer my mysteries to have a psychological aspect, or the typical whodunit. However, in this novel you are already told what has happened from the second chapter, and thus it is more a cat and mouse story than a typical mystery.

Nov 07, 2020

The plot in this book is different than I thought it would be when I started reading it. It’s not good or bad just different. I don’t think it’s a plot twist thing but more of my expectations. The storyline is different than most thrillers I’ve read so it’s refreshing. It was a decent read. Some parts I feel were a little too slow to develop.

JCLMaryanaK Aug 08, 2020

This thriller about a flight attendant named Cassie, who wakes up next to a dead man after a night of blackout drinking, isn’t very thrilling. The beginning has a strong and promising start, the middle drags and then the end wraps up suddenly and without much tension or build up. At times I felt excited about where I thought the author was going to take the story —espionage, covert government activity and even terrorism are touched on, but never grow into anything substantial. Mostly, the reader follows Cassie through chapters of increasingly bad decisions and soul searching.

Jun 07, 2020

Taut political thriller from start to finish. The convoluted ending left me scratching my head somewhat and left a lot of unanswered questions and opened the door for new ones.
The negative stereotypes of a female flight attendant plays well to the story. Still a great book to steer one's mind away from our current state of affairs.

May 21, 2020

This woman is a hot mess & it’s quite remarkable she even survived. O. M. G.

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May 13, 2020

Flight attendant: ”I think we should give everyone in coach a Xanax. It should be airline policy. Can you imagine how easy our job would be if we medicated people properly before squishing them into those seats?”

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