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The Flight Attendant

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  73,341 ratings  ·  7,885 reviews
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, already counting the minutes until she ...more
Kindle Edition, 345 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Vintage
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H-Grace Although only 2/3 through The Flight Attendant, I got onto goodreads to check whether others have had similar reactions to mine, and many have: depart…moreAlthough only 2/3 through The Flight Attendant, I got onto goodreads to check whether others have had similar reactions to mine, and many have: departure from Bohjalian’s former style, Check; unlikeable protagonist, Check; copy-catting unreliable, unstable narrator, like in Gone Girl, Check. I’ll finish the book, and I hope that’s soon. I’m tired of the alcoholic, self-destructive lead character. I’m not a big fan of international intrigue and am sorry I started this book.(less)
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Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I was really digging this, but the ending brought it down a notch.

Slow burn read about a self destructive flight attendant who awakens to discover her one night stand dead beside her.

Cassie became a flight attendant to run away from her past. She exists on alcohol, drunken exploits, and one night stands. After traveling on a flight to Dubai, she sleeps with passenger, Alex Sokolov. Barely remembering what happened between her and Sokolov due to a night of excessive drinking, Cassie aw
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars!!

After enjoying quite a few of Chris Bohjalian’s previous novels, I was quite excited to have the opportunity to read his upcoming novel, “The Flight Attendant”.

Flight Attendant, Cassandra (Cassie) Bowden wakes up in a hotel room in Dubai. The first thing she realizes is that she’s not in her hotel room and the second thing she realizes is that she’s not alone. There is a man sleeping in bed next to her. She carefu
j e w e l s
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

YES YES YES!! Last page turned. Cue the slow clap. This is a phenomenal character-driven mystery WITH A TWISTY, SATISFYING ENDING I will not soon forget.

I don’t know who said “the devil is in the details” but if that’s true, then Chris Bohjalian is the devil himself. This plot is intricate and complex with well-researched details and data providing clues for the reader in this story of international suspense.

Yes, much of the story is set in cushy locales and sumptuous hotels, but the
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Cassie is a flight attendant living the high life. She’s drinking way too much, punctuated by emotionless nights in beds of total strangers during her layovers. She knows full well this behavior needs to stop....only she can’t. During a stop-over in Dubai and a long night of heavy partying, Cassie wakes up with the worst hangover ever. Trying to slip out of bed silently, she notices the man lying next to her. And he’s quite dead. Her memory is spotty at best of the previous night, right before s ...more
Holly  B
Cassie Bowden, a flight attendant/party girl who boasts of her partying ways and many one-night stands.

A hotel room in Dubai.
A murder.
A memorable night for Cassie OR NOT..... she doesn't really remember much considering she was so drunk that she blacked out!

Told from Cassie and Miranda's POV we get to hear their thought processes as they ponder the details involved in the night of the murder and what went wrong! The author's skill in character building was perfect - creating unique characters
Megan Johnson
There are many things to like about this book, just as there are many things I didn't like. I wouldn't let these things stop me from reading it but I did feel that they took away from my overall enjoyment. (You can tell it's still a good book, otherwise these things wouldn't bother me so much.)

1. The first of these is that WE KNOW she has a drinking problem, you don't have to tell us (via EVERY character) all the time. When you start treating your readers like they're dumb, you lose them.

2. I'
Justin Tate
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Update: Wow! Glad I gave the HBO show a chance. They really breathed life and character into this story. Made it much more tantalizing and fun. This is one of those awkward moments where the show IS better than the book!

My original thoughts from 7/25/2018:

Incredible opening chapter! Sadly, all went stagnant after that. Some surprises toward the end, but by then my patience had worn out and I was ready to read something else. Excellent writing, just didn't do it for me plot-wise.

Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 “brace yourself for impact” stars to The Flight Attendant! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Thanks to all my Goodreads friends who recommended this gem! The Flight Attendant grabbed me from the very first page, as I was introduced to Cassie, a flight attendant with a serious alcohol problem who wakes up to the dead body of the man she met the day before on her flight to Dubai.

Cassie doesn’t remember if she killed Alex, or if someone else could have entered the room. Retracing her memories from the night before, she r
4.5 "Why you shouldn't drink" stars!

You think YOU have problems. Imagine waking up next to a dead guy!

That’s what happened to Cassie, a flight attendant with a predisposition to blackouts and one-night stands. One minute she’s in a cute little uniform serving a drink to this hot cologned businessman high in the sky, the next minute she’s naked, sharing booze and body juices with him in a fancy-schmanzy hotel in Dubai. Same old same old to her, until she wakes up with a bloody corpse lying next t
Sarah Joint
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
How did this relatively slow-paced read manage to make me feel so very anxious almost the entire time? It was the build-up! Smartly written, clever, and gripping. This one kept me reading late into the night. The characters aren't immensely likable, but it works in this one. More complex than it looks from the blurb, it requires full attention.

The morning that will change her life starts out not so different from others. Cassandra wakes with an awful hangover, a sign that she's had one of those
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it

I’m not sure what to make of this book. Cassie has a whole lot of issues. She became a flight attendant to escape her childhood. But like her dad, she’s a drunk. A blackout, sleep with anyone, kind of drunk. And one morning, she wakes up beside the dead body of a man she’d been partying with the night before.

For some reason, I felt very detached while reading this. I didn’t feel any connection with Cassie and found it difficult to even feel sympathy for her. She makes one dumb decision after an
Apr 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read any of this author's books before which is why I gave The Flight Attendant a chance.

When I finished it, I'm glad to say I gave it a chance and now I'm over it.

** Lifetime spoilers ahead **

Cassie Bowden is a flight attendant and a high functioning alcoholic.

She drinks and she has one night stands and she drinks some more. Fine. No shame here.

When she wakes up after a booze filled night, she discovers her lover is dead.

And then the story, so far so good it isn't bad with t
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cassandra: Hi, I'm Cassie. Based on my extensive experience I see passed-out drunk and blackout drunk as two completely different categories. And, when will I ever learn that even three or four drinks and high heels are a poor combination? Now about that dead guy, I regained consciousness next to, the more I think about it I'm almost certain that I didn't cut his throat. But, no one is going to believe me.

Chorus: We're Cassie's friends and family. We always expect the worse of Cassie. It's odd t
Theresa Alan
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel starts off starts off at a breathless pace and rarely lets up. It ends with a taut, exciting finale as well.

Cassie Bowden is a flight attendant who doesn’t believe in moderation when it comes to alcohol and sex. When she wakes up in a hotel room in Dubai with a pounding headache and only some memories of the night before, she discovers the man she’d been flirting with on the flight over is dead beside her in bed. Blood is everywhere. She’s pretty sure she didn’t kill him. Why would sh
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
3 wish I could have liked it better stars

I was truly looking forward to this novel as I have read and enjoyed some of Mr Bohjalian's novels. This one however, left me with a distinct sense of disappointment. I didn't like the main protagonist at all and thought she was a hot mess. So sorry to say, that this book for me rates a 3 star value. I always believe that when one goes into a book with much anticipation, that oftentimes we find ourselves disappointed and left kind of with a blah feeling.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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4 Stars

On a flight to Dubai, Cassie meets a very attractive man. As per her usual M.O., Cassie ends up having dinner with him, and drinking too much and she ends up in bed with him.

What happens next however is a first for Cassie: when she wakes up with him the next morning - she discovers blood on the pillow near her head and when she looks over at him she discovers that his neck has been slashed. She drank so much that she blacked out the night before and has no recollection as to what happene
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Just a few notes on this book. Book was a struggle at times to get through, it felt forced for length. It’s main character, Cassie, is someone that I found annoying and not likeable. The storyline started out strong but fizzled. A lot going on at the end and it also had too much happening without enough background.
Carol (Bookaria)
This is a thriller about a flight attendant that wakes up to find her one-night-stand date dead in bed next to her. This event triggers an investigation for the killer and what follows raises more questions than answers.

The book is narrated from alternating points of view and takes place (mostly) in Dubai and New York. I found the book intriguing, interesting, and character-driven.

The main character engages in self-destructive behavior and frequent alcohol binges. She reminded me a little bit of
Regular readers of Chris Bohjalian have learned by now that you never know what you're going to get when you open one of his novels. Every single one is different. Because some of the enjoyment of Bohjalian comes with the surprise factor, I won't go into heavy detail about The Flight Attendant except to say that this book is more about the female lead character: Cassie than it is the overall plot line. Don't get me wrong, there is an intricate storyline to follow - one that is at once full of co ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2018
D A M N !!!!!!! SO freaking good!!!! Not at all what I expected. I was expecting a "personal struggle" melodrama about an alcoholic flight attendant and what I got was a crackerjack international espionage thriller whose main character happened to be an alcoholic flight attendant (and she is something else!). I have only read a few Bohjalian books but I didn't think something like this was in his wheelhouse.

Mr. Bohjalian - MORE! MORE! MORE!!!!!!!!

A 4.5 for me. Thoroughly enjoyable. (I feel sorry
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-tbr
3.5 stars

I must admit...When I read the book description before it was released, I was a bit put off by the cliched description of our protagonist Cassie,the “flight attendant”, a woman who drinks too much and has a “man in every port”.

But, the author does portray that she is the “exception” not the norm, so thank goodness we have made SOME progress since the 1969 book, “Coffee, Tea or Me”!
(As a flight attendant, I know that this portrayal is MUCH more exciting than today’s reality)

The book i
Sonja Arlow
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-read
2.5 stars

Is this really the same author that wrote The Sandcastle Girls? Really truly? I get that books like Sandcastle Girls and this one is very different in tone, content and pacing but if you are a skilled writer then you can manage the differences.

I also understand that books like this requires you to suspend your disbelief in favour of the cheap thrills offered but the Epilogue stretched credulity so far that it snapped. It was just so contrived that I decided to lower my initial 3 star ra
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This novel is a complex international thriller. Suspenseful and intelligent!

"I awoke beside a dead man. I may have gotten away with murder." It is not the first time Cassie has blacked out after a night of untamed drinking. Cassie wakes up in a dense fog. This place is not her hotel. She is in someone's room in another hotel. And she is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Brace for Impact.

Cassie, a flight attendant, has
Chris Bohjalian has done it again!

Readers of his work, by now, should just come to expect a literary surprise each time they open his newest book! The Flight Attendant is no exception.

What begins as a somewhat slow burning, character driven mystery soon escalates into an international espionage thriller. It happened so quickly I nearly wasn't aware of it.

Granted, Cassie, the flight attendant, is a train wreck waiting to happen. To say she is an alcoholic is like saying the Vatican is a small c
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Cassandra "Cassie" Bowden is a flight attendant and alcoholic. She binge drinks and is no stranger to black outs and one night stands. On a flight into Dubai she flirts with a man in the first class cabin and ends up spending the night with him. When she wakes up the next morning, she needs to remember where she is and hopes to slip quietly out of bed when she discovers the blood. A lot of blood, and quickly determines that the man she spent the night with is dead. Has she killed him? She doesn' ...more
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Well, well, well....what an ending!

The Flight Attendant was a great book. It had me from the get-go. It was an unexpected, ruthless ride I was glad to take. For one, I don’t live a life that takes me to all these amazing places, and two, it touches on the darker, dirty side that some of the ladies and gentleman in that profession witness or practice….in my wildest dreams of course!

Cassandra Bowden is the quintessential party girl. City to city, bar to bar, bed to bed. AND, she is a flight attend
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
You tell a lie, then another.  And another.  You need to tell the truth now, but it is far too late for that.  A propensity for drinking mass quantities of alcohol and picking up strange men during flight layovers in foreign countries (view spoiler) is going to work to a flight attendant's detriment.  Bad decisions are made, one after another.  As her mismanaged life spirals out of control, she finds herself suspected of murder, and is on a short li ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
The premise for this book sounded very exciting, a flight attendant waking up in a hotel room in Dubai next to a viciously murdered man. She is a binge drinker and passes out from over drinking often, she can’t remember what happened after she slept with the man. Unfortunately this book took until my Kindle location was at 70% to really get going.

Cassie Bowden is a veteran flight attendant, approaching early middle age, who is unhappy with her life and the way she lives it. All she remembers is
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This was my first novel by Chris Bohjalian and I have very mixed feelings about it.

You could definitely tell that Bohjalian did his research for this book. For the cities, the details, the flight attendants, the laws talked about, everything. I thought The Flight Attendant was incredibly detailed, and I really enjoyed
Jul 28, 2021 rated it liked it
I scored a copy of The Flight Attendant at a library book sale a few years ago for $1 and finally read it this week. It was entertaining story though the main character repeatedly made questionable decisions.

Cassie is a flight attendant who wakes up in a hotel bed in Dubai next to a dead man, a passenger from her earlier flight. She isn’t sure what happened. Feeling like the signs of murder could point to her, Cassie decides to leave the hotel room without calling the police. As she makes choic
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