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Title:
The flight attendant : a novel
ISBN:
9780385542418

9780525432685
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Doubleday, [2018]
Physical Description:
356 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"From the New York Times bestselling 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"-- Provided by publisher.
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER
A USA TODAY BESTSELLER
A NATIONAL INDIEBOUND BESTSELLER

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.


Author Notes

Chris Bohjalian (born on August 12, 1962 in White Plains, New York) graduated from Amherst College and worked as an account representative for J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in New York in the mid-1980s. Bohjalian is an American novelist and the author of 15 novels, including the bestsellers Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls. His first novel, A Killing in the Real World, was released in 1988. His other novels include Water Witches, The Law of Similars, Before You Know Kindness, Skeletons at the Feast, and The Night Strangers. Past the Bleachers and Midwives were made into Hallmark Hall of Fame movies and Secrets of Eden was made into a Lifetime Television movie. He won the New England Book Award in 2002. He also contributes to numerous publications including Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and the Burlington Free Press. Bohjalian's The Guest Room is a New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

Blackout drunk Cassie Bowden is used to waking up in strangers' beds, but what she discovers one morning in a sumptuous Dubai hotel suite is instantly sobering-blood-soaked sheets and the dead body of the handsome American hedge fund manager she met on her flight over. Even worse for Cassie, the assassin who executed him already regrets sparing the passed-out flight attendant. It's a killer set-up, and Bohjalian (The Sleepwalker) initially maximizes the dual plot lines: Cassie, flying on primal survival instinct, tries to stonewall investigators, testing the truth of the maxim that God looks out for fools and drunkards; hit woman Elena methodically closes in for the kill. Bohjalian's less successful in avoiding clichés or in making an espionage subplot plausible. Then, with about 50 pages to go it's as though the bell has rung for the final lap, with the author unceremoniously detonating a plot bombshell that triggers the frenetic, exciting, but not especially convincing sprint to the finish. Bohjalian's fans will still have fun. Agent: Jane Gelfman, Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

A hard-partying flight attendant runs afoul of Russian conspirators.Cassandra Bowden, like her namesake, the prophetess who is never believed, has problems. A flight attendant since college, Cassie, now nearing 40, has a penchant for drinking to the blackout point and sleeping with strange men. On a flight to Dubai, while serving in first class, she flirts with hedge fund manager Alex Sokoloff, an American with Russian roots and oligarchic connections. She repairs to his hotel room, and during the drunken bacchanal that follows, Miranda, apparently a business acquaintance of Alex's, visits with more vodka. The next morning Cassie wakes up next to Alex, who lies dead, his throat cut. She has blacked out much of the night, so although she'd grown rather fond of him, how can she be sure she didn't kill him? Rushing back for the return flight, she decides not to disclose what happened, at least not until she's back home in New York City, where the justice system is arguably less draconian than in Dubai. At JFK, the FBI interviews the deplaning crew, and Cassie plays dumb. Unfortunately, her walk of shame through the hotel lobby was captured on security cam. Sporadically intercut with Cassie's point of view is that of Elena, a Russian assassin for hire, who had presented herself as Miranda in Alex's hotel room. After being thwarted by Cassie's presence from executing Alex then, she returned to finish the job but decided not to make collateral damage of his passed-out bedmate, a bad call she must rectify per her sinister handler, Viktor. In the novel's flabby midsection, Cassie continues to alternately binge-drink and regret the consequences as her lawyer, her union, and even the FBI struggle to protect her from herself. Although Bohjalian (The Sleepwalker, 2017, etc.) strives to render Cassie sympathetic, at times he can't resist taking a judgmental stance toward her. As Cassie's addiction becomes the primary focus, the intricate plotting required of an international thriller lags.The moral overcomes the mystery in this sobering cautionary tale. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Flight attendant Cassie Bowden is working the first-class cabin on the JFK to Dubai run and, not uncharacteristically, strikes up a flirtatious banter with the passenger in 2C, Alex Sokolov, a charming Manhattan hedge-fund manager. At the book's opening, Cassie wakes up in Sokolov's hotel room, disoriented from their night of binge drinking and repeated lovemaking. The sight of Sokolov's corpse in the bed next to her, his throat slit and the sheets bloody, effectively banishes Cassie's incipient hangover. What happens next is a series of misguided decisions that only someone with Cassie's shaky self-image can make: she lies to the FBI, her lawyer, and her family and unwisely tries to identify the mystery woman who briefly shared a bottle of vodka with them that night. Bohjalian is an unfaltering storyteller who crosses genres with fluidity, from historical fiction to literary thrillers. He is also that rare male writer who has mastered the female point of view with adroit credibility, and he is nonjudgmental and sensitive in his portrayal of Cassie's alcohol and sex addictions. As in previous novels, including The Sleepwalker (2017) and The Guest Room (2016), Bohjalian revisits the notion of what happens when an individual loses control of his or her environment in a read-in-one-sitting escapade that is as intellectually satisfying as it is emotionally entertaining.--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2017 Booklist


Library Journal Review

When she's traveling, Bohjalian's eponymous flight attendant Cassandra Bowden routinely gets black-out drunk, sleeps with a stranger, and steals trinkets to give as gifts. When she wakes up in a Dubai hotel next to a nearly decapitated one-night stand, she is not sure if she killed him or not. Cassandra is not a particularly agreeable character; in fact, she may be one of the most ignorant in the murder mystery field, doing almost everything possible to incriminate herself as she seeks solace in her usual patterns and can't keep her mouth shut. Fortunately, listeners know the truth of the events of that night well before she does, and it is in that dual plotting that Bohjalian manages to create some suspense. However, the ending is too contrived to be very believable. Erin Spencer, Grace Experience, and Mark Deakins provide balanced narration. The author is known for writing novels that cause his readers to think about social and historical issues, but this entry into thriller territory is disappointing. Verdict Regular fans of Bohjalian are used to far better from him. ["Readers who enjoyed the imperfect heroine in...The Girl on the Train and the anxiety-ridden paranoia of...Crime and Punishment will be hooked by...Cassie's struggle to untangle her life and regain her self-respect": LJ 12/17 starred review of the Doubleday hc.]-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.