A seasoned flight attendant is accustomed to the life in the air. A different city every other day, mornings in London and lunches in Berlin, the hectic life is no stranger to a flight attendant.
In Chris Bohjalian’s new novel, “The Flight Attendant,” Cassandra (Cassie) Bowden is a hard-working and equally hard-partying woman who is also a functioning alcoholic.
She wakes up one morning in a bed of a hotel room during a layover in Dubai.
This frequent scene in her life – waking up next to a man she barely knows – becomes even more alarming as she realizes the person next to her lays lifeless, neck sliced open with the shards of a Stoli bottle.
Bohjalian describes the bloody scene as a “great crimson stain on the pillow, and a slick, still-wet pool on the crisp white sheets.”
Her memory marred by previous night’s vodka, her timeline skewed and the events of last night could not be pieced together.
Being a single woman, alone in a hotel room far away from home, Cassie is afraid to go to the police, so she lies as she joins other flight attendants and pilots. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first-class cabin and she lies again when the FBI agents greet her at the gate in New York.
Soon it becomes too late to come clean. Could she have actually killed him?
This suspenseful thriller is simply an enjoyable read. It starts of on a really interesting note and the tension gradually builds, leading to an explosive ending with a twist.
Throughout the book readers get to know the details of the day-to-day life of a flight attendant through Cassie.
Even though it’s hard to root for her due to her uncontrollable drinking, we’re drawn to know more as she tries to find a way out of the mess she made.
Bohjalian is an expert at executing an intriguing plot full of mystery and surprises. If you’re into mystery thrillers, this riveting unputdownable book should be next up in your reading list.