Guest Reviewer: Michelle Gersh, freelance writer, reviews “The Flight Attendant” by Chris Bohjalian


Release Date: March 13, 2018

From Amazon: “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? “

Running from the FBI, a possible assassin, as well as the demons from her past, Cassandra must figure out who the dead man really is as she doubts all the people in her life. Part spy thriller, part character study and all-around thriller, we are cautiously rooting for Cassandra as she makes questionable decisions that keep us on the edge of our seat until the very last page.

Novel after novel, Bohjalian has proven that he is a master at hitting that sweet spot between literary novel and page-turner. The Flight Attendant is no different. His latest contribution blends international intrigue, the dark side of Wall Street, and exotic travel with a close look at the highs and lows of alcohol abuse. Readers will imbibe in one sitting.

By Michelle Gersh
Freelance Writer


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