The Flight Attendant
Books | Fiction / Romance / Suspense
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A powerful thriller 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. • Don't miss the acclaimed HBO Max series! 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.Look for Chris Bohjalian's new novel, The Lioness!
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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"This book is like a modern day Hitchcock! It’s a good interesting read."
"I read this book because I am a flight attendant and wanted to see what the hype was about. Initially I started watching the show on HBO Max but stopped because I wanted to read the book first. I hope the show is better than the book. <br/><br/>The book wasn’t bad enough for me to DNF it. The plot was actually good, everything else was a mess. I tried not to be so critical about the FA life details, as this is fiction but Cassie kept telling us she’s poor and NO flight attendant that’s been at an US airline as long as Cassie has and is flying solely international is poor. Especially not a single person with no kids FA. I’m sorry, that little detail kept annoying me but that’s just me being picky. Overall, Cassie is an idiot. I couldn’t feel sorry for her at any point of the book. The drunk decisions I can deal with but the the sober ones were incredibly stupid for a sober person. You’re a suspect of a murder and you go to the dead guy’s job to snoop and find information? Girl, you being investigated by the FBI, this is dumb. The lawyer was my favorite character to be honest. I felt her frustrations with Cassie. I can deal with unlikable characters but there was no character development. She was stupid from beginning to end. I also find it hard to believe that a russian assassin would just not kill her initially out of the kindness of her heart. <br/><br/>Nevertheless, I was still intrigued by the plot. So I kept pushing through. It moved a little slow but I was committed to finishing, hoping the ending was worth it and well... The ending was a bit disappointing. I read a lot and I’m starting to think spy thrillers just aren’t for me. Also the russian family history felt unnecessary. It didn’t add to the story for me, we could’ve went without. I will say I did not see her friend, Megan, being a traitor coming at all. That was a nice surprise. <br/><br/>Overall, the book had potential and probably would’ve been more enjoyable if Cassie had gained a slither of common sense somewhere along the way. <br/>"