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The Flight Attendant: A Novel Hardcover – March 13, 2018
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"Filled with turbulence and sudden plunges in altitude, The Flight Attendant is a very rare thriller whose penultimate chapter made me think to myself, 'I didn’t see that coming.' The novel—Bohjalian’s 20th— is also enhanced by his deftness in sketching out vivid characters and locales and by his obvious research into the realities of airline work." —Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
"An expertly turned thriller… An assured novel about reckoning not just with some ruthless bad guys, but private sadness as well… [Bohjalian]’s developed a graceful hand at thriller mechanics, smoothly shifting from Cassie’s private paranoia to the intricacies of spycraft and mercenaries to the public tabloid sensation she’s become. He’s back-loaded the story with twists, from ones that were hinted at early to left-field surprises. And the brisk and busy ending is a fireworks show of redemption, revelation and old-fashioned gunplay." —Mark Athitakis, USA Today
"Flight attendant Cassie Bowden: a self-destructive alcoholic who favors one-night stands, a gifted liar, a petty thief. But she's also someone we can relate to: a soul damaged during childhood, terribly alone, and desperate for love… Readers who enjoyed the imperfect heroine in Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train and the anxiety-ridden paranoia of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment will be hooked by this murder mystery." —Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Bohjalian is an unfaltering storyteller who crosses genres with fluidity, from historical fiction to literary thrillers…a read-in-one-sitting escapade that is as intellectually satisfying as it is emotionally entertaining."—Booklist (Starred Review)
"The stakes couldn't be higher (literally)as Cassandra pieces together a mystery while working 40,000 feet above ground in Chris Bohjalian's gripping The Flight Attendant. Read it before Kaley Cuoco stars in the upcoming series!" —Cosmopolitan
"Bohjalian twists the tension tight and keeps the surprises startling." —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
"[Bohjalian's] 20th novel...combines popular tropes with a serious examination of social issues. Binge-drinking flight attendant Cassandra Bowden wakes up with another bad hangover in a Dubai hotel room and finds the man she spent the night with lying dead beside her... What really happened? And what are the consequences of addiction, deception, and denial? Fans are lining up." —Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal
"A turbulent behind-the-scenes look at the lives of cabin crew members and a pitiless profile of a woman destined for a psychological crash landing... Cassie is a hot, frighteningly believable mess, as endangered by alcoholism as by espionage." —Passport Magazine
"The author provides enough twists for a roller coaster fan... The beauty of the book is that, along with the politics of the plot, Cassie’s humanity comes through...the last 100 pages turn tense as you try to follow the unexpected but believable surprises Bohjalian has in store and answers whether Cassie can find salvation." —Amanda St. Amand, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
About the Author
CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the author of twenty books, including The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; The Double Bind; and Midwives which was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. Chris's work has been translated into more than thirty languages, and three novels have become movies (Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers). Chris lives in Vermont and can be found at www.chrisbohjalian.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Litsy, and Goodreads.
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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.
This book represents a quantum leap forward toward literary greatness for this author. The characters are exquisitely developed. The plot lines are woven together brilliantly. Suspense and surprise introduced with ingenious stealth.
I won't introduce any spoilers here, but you will be delighted with all of the things in this book that you didn't see coming. I know I will read it again and again over the years.
I don't read a lot of fiction. If i do, I find myself wondering how long until I get to the end. This book was not like that. I was engrossed in every page and didn't want it to be over.
All of a sudden everything came to a climax, but I'm not sure what happened. I tracked everything just fine until the last 5 - 10 pages and suddenly there were too many double crossing spies. I have no clue who was the bad guy, or why a certain character would want Cassandra to let him go, or why she would be convinced she should let him go..
Still, I enjoyed the book and alway love Chris's writing.
I can't tell you anything about the story without giving away the plot lines. Or at least I don't think I'd do a good job of it. I can tell you that lies will get you nowhere fast. Even those little gray area lies. They just build and build. There are so many twists and turns to this story I found myself waking up and thinking about them and trying to figure out where the author was going to go!
Do yourself a favor and read this one. Or like I did, listen to it. It's fast paced, and will keep you guessing all the way to the end
Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has turned on the fasten seatbelt sign. Please take your seat and fasten your seatbelt. Who cares about your seatback or tray tables, you are in for a turbulent ride, so just brace yourself for THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT.