Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian ~ ✈️ Release Day 3-13-18 ✈️ @chrisbohjalian @doubledaybooks
“It was the deepest truth of who she was because it spoke to how she had lived, and the plain unvarnished reality that we cannot escape who we are and most of the time we die as we lived.”
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?
“Supposedly, whatever we do that’s selfish goes with us to the grave; whatever we do that’s selfless lives on.”
Many have been lucky enough to get an ARC of “Flight Attendant” already and have posted their glowing reviews. Sometimes when so many people talk up a book, it’s hard for it to live up to its expectations… which is NOT the case with this book!
First, the fast paced opening scene is enough to send the reader inching closer to the edge of their seats. In some books, the cast of characters, their problems and how their stories unravel, present themselves slowly or predictably. If you are a seasoned reader of psychological thrillers and you are reading a good book, you will turn pages furiously, gasp loudly, and wonder how the author was able to slip “that” by without you guessing! In “Flight Attendant”, Chris manages to write with a shock and awe talent that is sure to provide the most seasoned readers… (ehem.. cough loudly… raising hand) with a experience that will not be forgotten.
Cassie, the main character (a hot mess) reminds me of an irresponsible sister or friend that no matter how much you try to help… is helpless! When she woke up in a hotel room next to a dead body, the body of a man she was intimate with just hours before, and frantically realizes that it’s either flight or fright (get it??) … she bolts! Out the door, down the street, and back to the hotel she should have been sleeping in that night!
I mean, what would you have done if you were Cassie? It’s definitely a question you might ask as you delve deeper and deeper into Cassie’s story. You might start to feel her pain, feel the web of lies tighten around her neck, and root for her through to the end!
Finally, if you haven’t read Chris Bohjalian’s books and you love a great thriller that will leave you guessing until the end, you’re crazy if you don’t buy, rent, borrow, or listen!
Thanks again Chris Bohjalian for the ARC book in exchange for our honest review!
Chris Bohjalian is the New York Times bestselling author of 20 books. Chris’s work has been translated into over 30 languages and three times become movies (“Midwives,” “Secrets of Eden,” and “Past the Bleachers.”)
The paperback of “The Sleepwalker” arrives this autumn.
“The Flight Attendant” lands March 13, 2018.
Chris’s books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon.
Awards include the ANCA Freedom Award for educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide; the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal; the New England Society Book Award for The Night Strangers; the New England Book Award; Russia’s Soglasie (Concord) Award for The Sandcastle Girls; a Boston Public Library Literary Light; a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Trans-Sister Radio; and the Anahid Literary Award. “Midwives” was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah’s Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick.
Chris is a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude of Amherst College, and has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest, and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.