Thursday, December 9, 2021

The Flight Attendant

Book: The Flight Attendant

Author: Chris Bohjalian 

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? -Goodreads

Review: This was an interesting read. While I loved the premise, the main character, Cassie, is an extremely frustrating protagonist as she repeatedly makes poor decisions throughout the book. That dampened my enjoyment but I still liked it. I did see the HBO show after I read this and I think the show was excellent. I read this book as a thriller but the show is more dark comedy, loved it.  

Grade: 3/5 

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