The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: The Flight Attendant

Author: Chris Bohjalian

Publisher: Doubleday

Publish Date: March 13, 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

The Flight Attendant by 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, 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.

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian


Cassie, a flight attendant, is working on a flight to Dubai when she meets Alex. They flirt on the flight, and spend the night together in Dubai. When Cassie wakes the next morning, Alex is dead. She has no recollection of him being killed. She has two options, call the police or leave.

The Flight Attendant story is told from Cassie’s point of view, with occasional chapters from the mysterious Elena. Cassie is a self-loathing, black-out drunk. She wasn’t really likable, and her decision making was sometimes frustratingly bizarre.

The Flight Attendant is a well-written suspense with a slow build. We know what happened to Alex very early in the book. Like, chapter two. What we don’t know is how things will play out with Cassie.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Chris Bohjalian:
  1. The Guest Room
  2. The Sleepwalker
  3. The Flight Attendant
  4. The Red Lotus
  5. Hour of the Witch
  6. The Lioness
  7. The Princess of Las Vegas

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