- File Size: 2297 KB
- Print Length: 345 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (March 13, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 13, 2018
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072STPX8B
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Even the insider look at flight attendants was boring and not at all revealing. I don't mind a drunk, unreliable narrator but there has to be something else to read about other than another cold glass of vodka/wine/whatever. Do something. Be brave. Solve a crime.
Even the contrived and dumb ending was best served lukewarm.
I'm not as mad about what I spent to buy this book as I am about the hours of my life I can't get back from reading it.
Note to self: Read the one star reviews before buying another book.
As far as the overall quality of the book, the author couldn't seem to decide whether he wanted to write about flight attendants or spies and so he did both badly. The flight attendant side is both vague and inaccurate, and the spy side is even more vague with too many changing characters whose roles are never explained. There's more rambling about drinking than actual plot development, and I didn't find Cassie to be particularly likeable or believable. She knows she's a train wreck, she knows exactly what she's doing wrong, and yet she won't make any effort to change her ways even though she's deeply unsatisfied with her life. Zero character development, and most of them are cardboard cutouts anyways. The ending is a deus ex machina that manages to tie it in a bow without truly resolving anything.
Icing on the cake: The author made a point of throwing in multi-syllabic "dictionary words" that the average reader wouldn't understand to try to class up what is otherwise a mediocre, under-researched book. Three stars because the book was still engrossing despite some rather unforgivable flaws.
I had a lot of questions when the story was over and when this happens, I feel the ending was rushed but the author. It’s also what I
Call “lazy writing.” Write the hard scenes and tell us how it goes. The au5or is obviously a good writer so I would just like to have seen the ending played out Bette. And a baby? This was out of the blue. No way.